NEW YORK -- A new museum devoted to freedom, two independent theatre companies and an artists' drawing center will anchor a new cultural space at the World Trade Center site, development officials announced Thursday.
City and state officials chose the Joyce International Dance Center, the Signature Theatre, the Drawing Center and the Freedom Center to move to ground zero. More than 100 arts organizations began vying for space at the site in late 2002 and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation had narrowed the groups to six by last week.
The New York City Opera, located at Lincoln Center, had been considered a front-runner to take up space at the downtown site, and had proposed funding two-thirds of a $291 million, 2,200-seat opera house.
But other arts officials had lobbied strongly for a 1,000-seat dance auditorium for the Joyce and smaller theaters, saying they would offer a greater variety of arts groups in the community.
Also left off the short list was the New York Hall of Science, a science museum located in Flushing, Queens.
The four groups will work with the LMDC on planning for their spaces over the next six months. The LMDC will then enter into formal agreements with them, and will offer grants to help build the spaces.