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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 2019, LMCC will provide studio residency programs, professional development skills, and networks for emerging and mid-career artists, and award over $1.4 million dollars in grants to artists and arts organizations.

LMCC’s studio residency programs, including Workspace, are open to US and international artists, and its Manhattan Arts Grants are open to Manhattan-based artists throughout the borough. 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.

LMCC also presents free public programs, including Open Studios, the renowned River To River Festival, and numerous events and exhibitions in Lower Manhattan and the Arts Center at Governors Island, bridging the gap between audiences and the artistic process.

Opening in Fall 2019, LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island is envisioned as an incubator for creative experimentation and a gathering space to engage in dialogue. 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.

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.