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LMCC’s public engagement initiatives demonstrate the role artists play in our communities by connecting you to creative practices, ideas, art forms, and other audience members seeking similar experiences. Through the presentation and commissioning of performances, talks, exhibitions, studio visits, open rehearsals, readings, and participatory events across Lower Manhattan, LMCC aims to inspire the public to think critically about the world around them and increase the attachment that participants feel toward the place where the activity is taking place as well as to their fellow attendees. For audiences of one to crowds of 1,000 made up of individuals with a wide-range of interests and experience with the arts, LMCC’s Open StudiosRiver To RiverArts East River Waterfront, and Arts Center at Governors Island initiatives all shine a light on neighborhoods where artists are working.

We aim to stoke the cultural life of the city by celebrating and contextualizing the work of artists who have pushed our communities forward, and helped us imagine a more sustainable future. These LMCC public engagement initiatives also afford the artists in our programs with opportunities to showcase work, engage public in feedback and discussion, and develop their own audiences.

The combination of LMCC’s investment in individual artists and small arts groups, our robust network of partners, and our integrated approach to fostering local neighborhood efforts, aims to spark public imagination as well as inspire personal attachment and investment in NYC’s communities. We believe that when artists receive support from both the public and private sectors, they can catalyze social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and economic vitality in the communities where they live and work. Therefore, LMCC invites individual artists and organizations to participate in our suite of programs so that they may connect with peers and industry leaders, advance their creative practice, develop specific projects, and acquire a set of financial planning and business strategies to carry with them into the future.

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 WE \ˈwē\: 1:  I and the rest of a group that includes me. A chronicle of photos by Process Space artist-in-residence writer/photographer Robert Pennington featured at Open Studios this weekend on Governor's Island. "America means arriving at the source of a river. I never expected myself to find an answer, but it allowed my voice to ask and figure it out." Through the use of pinhole photography and deconstructive typography – words that speak to inclusion, hate and hope including voices from the past and present – the viewer is challenged to consider the concept of WE and the role of immigration – to reflect on how far we’ve come, and to consider what is America to be in the 21st century? Pictured: Chia-Lun Chang
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