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Our Mission

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s mission is to serve, connect, and make space for artists and community.

LMCC Serves Artists through:

LMCC Serves Community through:

  • Free public programs in Lower Manhattan that activate neighborhoods and bring people together through performances and rich artistic experiences, including the River To River Festival
  • Open Studios, providing public access to artists and the artmaking process to build connections and dialogue between artists and audiences
  • Grant funding that supports grassroots and community-based local arts programming

LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island

Fall 2019 will mark the opening of the Arts Center at Governors Island, serving as LMCC’s first permanent home and the gateway to the Arts and Culture District on Governors Island.

Conceived as an incubator for creative experimentation and a public gathering space, the Center is a 40,000 square foot building activated by artist studios, galleries, performance space, and a café. The Arts Center fully embodies LMCC’s mission to serve, connect, and make space for artists and community.


Get involved!

There are many ways for you to support LMCC, from volunteering to sponsoring us and donating.

Each year, in compliance with Federal and State laws, LMCC files a Federal IRS Form 990 and prepares Audited Financial Statements performed by a leading independent audit firm in New York City. If you would like to view our financial information, please see the link to our Guidestar page.