Public Engagement Initiatives

LMCC’s public engagement initiatives demonstrate the role artists play in our communities by connecting the Lower Manhattan public 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 1,000 made up of individuals with a wide-range of interests and experience with the arts, LMCC’s Open Studios, River To River, Arts East River Waterfront, and Arts Center at Governors Island initiatives all shine a light on neighborhoods where artists are at work.

Our audience development strategies are designed to stoke the cultural life of the city by celebrating and contextualizing the work of artists who, throughout history, 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 as well as develop their own audiences.