LMCC believes artists can be catalysts of social inclusion, economic vitality, and environmental sustainability in the communities where they come from and in globally competitive, mixed-use urban waterfront districts like Lower Manhattan. In addition to making grants to support artistic projects across the borough of Manhattan, each year LMCC converts 100,000 square feet of donated office, warehouse, and retail space into temporary studio, learning and exhibition space in order to serve more than 100 artists in need of space to develop their practice and projects, host our professional development (small-business & personal finance training) programs for more than 500 artists.
We also work closely with partners and property managers across the neighborhoods south of Houston to highlight artistic activity and bring cultural inspiration to a growing public of residents, workers and visitors.
Open Studios with Process Space Artists in Residence, at LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island Open Studios 2016. Photo Credit: Jonathan Patkowski.
En Garde Arts, Harbored at Brookfield Place, River To River 2017. Photo Credit: Darial Sneed.
Ex-Situ: Kimmo Pohjonen and Jeffrey Ziegler at Pier 15, River To River 2014. Photo Credit: Robert Minell.
Saya Woolfalk, CHIMATEK: ChimaCloud Control Center at Fulton Center, River To River 2016. Photo Credit: Darial Sneed.
Installation view of (Counter)Public Art, Intervention & Performance in Lower Manhattan from 1978–1993, Nathan Cummings Foundation, 2015. Photo by Etienne Frossard.
Open Studios is a year-round series of events that brings audiences closer to the creative process. It can take several forms, including visits to visual artists’ studios, open rehearsals with performing artists, and talks that engage artists and other creative practitioners in conversation about their work.
The annual River To River Festival presents 12 days of dance, music, theater and the visual arts by contemporary and provocative artists, at unique sites across Lower Manhattan and Governors Island. The Festival offers opportunities for audiences to interact with artists, socialize and experience multiple facets of artists’ work and the creative process.