LMCC Arts Center at Governors Island, Location: New York NY, Architect: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Adamson Associates Architects

Founded as Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC is a dynamic non-profit organization that serves, connects, and makes space for artists and community. Since 1973, LMCC has been the champion for independent artists in New York City and the cultural life force of Lower Manhattan.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment, and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women.

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Independent Contractor Position: River To River Festival

23-Week Contract: February 1 - July 10, 2024


Position Overview: The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) seeks an Independent Contractor to lead production for its long-running summer arts and culture festival, River To River. The 2024 edition of the festival marks LMCC’s 50th anniversary and is scheduled to take place for two weeks in June at various sites across Lower Manhattan. River To River features live performances and visual art, with an emphasis on contemporary dance in public space. A majority of the projects will be presented at public locations where the arts are not commonly presented, thus requiring a versatile skill set for producing work in non- traditional venues. These venues include public parks, historic buildings, dance studios at The Arts Center at Governors Island, and even Downtown office space. The Independent Contractor plays a central role in the program's success through thoughtful, strategic, and timely decision-making related to all aspects of the festival's production.


  • Oversee all production aspects of the annual River To River festival, including the following:

-Program timelines and project schedules

-Festival budget 

-Contracts for artists, partners, and vendors

-Site visits and site-specific planning with curators, artists, and venue partners 

-Management of vendors and site partners

In addition to the above, this person will focus on the following responsibilities:

Work closely with the Technical Coordinator to ensure festival logistics run smoothly

  • Work closely with Associate Producer of Performing Arts to assess projects’ needs and develop run of shows and other processes for delegating to staff
  • Schedule and direct regular production planning meetings
  • Ensure effective communication between artists and production team
  • Communicate plans, through regular and consistent channels, to internal stakeholders
  • Liaise with front-of-house manager(s)
  • Coordinate tasks with Technical Coordinator and Front-of-House staff 
  • Manage all close-out tasks related to technical and budget reconciliation after the festival
  • Assist with reporting to funders as needed

The River To River planning team consists of an Associate Producer of Performing Arts, Technical Coordinator, Public Engagement Manager, and the Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs. Seasonal technical and front-of-house staff are hired additionally. The Independent Contractor works closely with the Associate Producer of Performing Arts and the Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs.

The weekly schedule for this role is as follows:

February 1 - March = 20 hrs per week
April - May = 35 hrs a week
June 1 - 23 = 40 hours a week 
June 24 - July 10 = 20 hrs/ week
2024 River To River Festival Dates (tbd): June 7 - 23, 2024

Payment is Made as Follows:
25% upon signing of contract and/or submitting advance request invoice
25% upon submission of interim report/progress report and/or submitting 2nd installment disbursement request on May 15, 2024
50% upon final submission of report and submitting final invoice by 7/1/2024

To Apply: Submit a brief proposal via email with a resume to 

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment, and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women. To learn more about LMCC, visit

Ideal for those interested in office management, human resources, Board relations, non-profit finance, vendor management and IT. Interns have a bird's-eye view of the organization and contribute to supporting day-to-day office administration as part of the Finance & Operations departments. Primary responsibilities: Interns will assist Finance & HR Manager with day-to-day administrative tasks, such as scanning documents and uploading in the server, monthly credit card reconciliations, in addition to regular filing and upkeep of contact and Board records. Interns will also have the opportunity to learn more about LMCC's financial internal controls, budgeting process, gift processing, and support in data entry and manipulation as part of financial document preparation, in advance of our Board meetings. Interns will assist in preparation of administrative and financial materials for these Board meetings. Interns will learn our accounting software, QuickBooks and our institutional database, Salesforce. Qualifications: Ideal candidates are knowledgeable in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, and interested in non-profit finance and administration. Ideal candidates are detail-oriented, possess excellent time management and organizational skills, and are comfortable representing LMCC to the public and on the phone.


LMCC’s Internship program provides meaningful opportunities for individuals interested in the arts and culture sector, from the perspective of a leading non-profit organization in New York City. We offer year-long and summer internship  opportunities for interns to gain an in-depth experience at the organization. Interns choose an internship focus to pursue under the guidance of a staff member, while gaining exposure to all departments in our collaborative-minded office.

During the program, all interns receive a monthly participation honorarium of $250, along with a monthly travel stipend of $150 and monthly meal stipend of $100. Interns also have access to a professional development reimbursement fund of up $100 throughout their internship. All internships are structured at 16 - 24 hours per week, including supporting our evening and weekend events. The start/end dates of the program are flexible and should be agreed upon between the intern and their supervisor prior to the start of the internship.