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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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 This week's LMCC #tbt features @sonyasklaroff  Sonya Sklaroff was a participant of LMCC’s The World Views Project 1998-1999 in Tower One of the World Trade Center on the 91st floor. Inspired by the epic view of the city below, Sklaroff's paintings during her six month residency explored her vantage point looking out at the city from immense vertical windows, observing the patterns of the city, the sheer magnitude of the world below, and the vastness of the sky above. Sklaroff's paintings today continue this exploration of light, color, shadow, and patterns of the city, but are focused on a more personal level. Her point of view is more intimate, concentrating on the city at eye level, or from a lower vantage point so that she can record a more unique viewpoint. Her work now ranges from street scenes, mom and pop shops, to rooftop city views.  A Solo Exhibition of new paintings by Sonya Sklaroff “Passages” is on view at Galerie Anagama in Versailles, France From September 24 to October 22, 2017. Oil on panel, 2017. Copyright Sonya Sklaroff© #lmcc #throwbackthursday
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