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Our Mission

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Manhattan and beyond.

In 2018, LMCC will provide studio residency programs, professional development skills, and networks for emerging and mid-career artists, and award over $1 million dollars in grants to artists and arts organizations.

LMCC’s studio residency spaces are open to US and international artists, and its Manhattan Arts Grants are open to Manhattan-based artists.

Through public programs such as Open Studios and the River To River Festival, LMCC bridges the gap between audiences and the artistic process, engaging the public through different phases of creation. LMCC artists-in-residence have the opportunity to grow through our programs, showcasing intimate works-in-process, special commissions, as well as large-scale, finished presentations and premieres.

Currently, LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island is undergoing a comprehensive renovation. The Arts Center will be a place to incubate new work across a broad range of artistic disciplines and a nexus for exchange with the public. Short and longer term studio residencies, rehearsal rooms, galleries, performance spaces and other public amenities will anchor arts and culture on the Island and provide a place from which to make and export important new work to Lower Manhattan and beyond.

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.

Get involved!

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