Founded as Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC serves, connects, and makes space for artists and community.

Since 1973, LMCC has been the quiet champion for independent artists in New York City and the cultural life force of Lower Manhattan.


LMCC Serves Artists through:

  • Residencies that enable artists to experiment and develop their work and ideas, with professional development, financial training, and networking opportunities
  • Grant funding to artists that support local/neighborhood projects
  • Presentation opportunities that allow artists to share their work and creative process with the public

LMCC Serves Community through:

Our Vision

We envision New York City as a place in which artists and community in dialogue are creating a more just, equitable, and sustainable society.

LMCC values an equitable, diverse, and inclusive world and actively works to counter discrimination on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, citizen status, ancestry, age, religion, disability, sex or gender identity. We acknowledge structural inequities that have excluded individuals and communities from opportunities and are committed to providing opportunities that help to rebalance those inequities in our work.

Our Values

We believe artists are critical to a healthy society as agents of change and new ideas.
We acknowledge structural inequities and we are committed to centering equity, diversity, and inclusion.
We are driven by curiosity. Experimenting, questioning, learning, and understanding are essential to creative development.
We are collaborative. We build partnerships and relationships, and we   share our resources.
We listen. Adaptation and responsiveness are essential to meeting needs and ensuring resiliency.
We give with openness and care. We strive to be radically generous and accessible to all.

Our Mission

To create a fertile and nurturing environment for artists and arts groups, enlivening public spaces with free programs in the visual, performing, and new media arts, and to provide leadership in cultural planning and advocacy.

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.