Muna Malik, Blessing of the Boats: River To River, River To River 2020: Four Voices at Battery Park City. Photo by Ian Douglas.
Muna Malik, Blessing of the Boats: River To River, River To River 2020: Four Voices at Battery Park City. Photo by Ian Douglas.

Press Releases

Selected Press

"An art lover’s guide to NYC: The best public art installations and museums in FiDi" 6sqftFebruary 1, 2022

"Agenda Cultural: 18 February, 2022", Brazilian Press, February 18, 2022

"Governors Island Gets Its First Ever Ice Sculpture Competition, and You Can Enter", Hyperallergic, January 29, 2022

"Pop-up ice skating show to come to Governors Island this weekend", AM NY, February 23, 2022

"Ice Theatre of New York City announces Skate Pop Up Concert at The Governors Island Ice Sculpture Show", Dance Enthusiast

"Seen & Heard: Governors Island ice sculptures on view this weekend", Tribeca Citizen, February 25, 2022

"Photos: Governors Island throws ice sculpture party on final weekend of its 'Winter Village", Gothamist, February 27, 2022

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Awards $1.3M to 255 Artists and Arts Orgs", Hyperallergic, March 10, 2022

"The 21st Annual River to River Festival Announces 2022 Lineup!", Gotham To Go, May 17, 2022

"River to River Festival Begins June 12", The Tribeca Trib

"RIVER TO RIVER CUED UP FOR JUNE", Tribeca Citizen, May 23, 2022

"29 Plays and Musicals We Can’t Wait to See This Summer Outdoors and indoors, uptown and down.", Vulture, May 29, 2022

"21st Annual River to River Festival", Harlem One Stop


"DANCE / Okwui Okpokwasili & Peter Born", The New Yorker

"RIVER TO RIVER FEST 2022", Brooklyn Vegan, June 3, 2022

"The 21st annual River To River Festival is Back June 12–26", Times Square Chronicles, June 5, 2022

"River to River Festival", NY Metro Parents

"Summer 2022 Live Music Preview", Feast of Music

"River To River Festival 2022", NYC Plugged

"The 20 Best Festivals and Summer Concerts in NYC 2022", Loving New York

"The 28 Best Summer Events in NYC: A Comprehensive Guide", Loving New York

"27 Fun Things To Do In NYC This Summer", Loving New York

"The 26 Best Art Exhibitions in NYC to Check Out", Loving New York

"River to River Festival Offers Free Dance, Music, Theater and Open-Door Museums", The Broadsheet, June 11, 2022

"RIVER TO RIVER 2022", This Week in New York, June 12, 2022

"The best things to do in NYC this weekend", Time Out New York

"Things To Do in Manhattan", New York Metro Parents


"River to River starts tomorrow", Tribeca Citizen, June 16, 2022

"The Howard Hughes Corporation, LMCC And South Street Seaport Museum Present The 21st Annual RIVER TO RIVER", BroadwayWorld, June 15, 2022

"Rose DeSiano: Lenticular Histories, South Street Seaport",, June 18, 2022

"Rose DeSiano: Lenticular Histories, South Street Seaport", DoNYC

"Grants For Manhattan Artists & Arts Orgs From Harlem To Hollis LMCC launches Applications For 2023", Harlem World Magazine

"最高1萬美元 2023年度曼哈頓藝術補助計畫開放申請", World Journal - Mandarin

"曼哈頓下城文化協會宣布 曼哈頓藝術補助計劃開放申請", Epoch Times - Mandarin

"曼哈頓藝術補助開放申請 最高資助1萬元", Sing Tao Daily - Mandarin

"Grants For Manhattan Artists & Arts Orgs From Harlem To Hollis LMCC launches Applications For 2023", Harlem World

"Portfolio: Simon Benjamin by Louis Bury", BOMB Magazine, September 8

"Hyperallergic Fall 2022 New York Art Guide" Elissa Blount-Moorhead and Bradford Young: Back and Song, Hyperallergic

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Appoints Craig T. Peterson As President", BroadwayWorld, September 14, 2022

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Appoints Craig T. Peterson as President", Yahoo! Finance, September 14, 2022

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Appoints Craig T. Peterson as President", MarketWatch, September 14, 2022

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Appoints Craig T. Peterson as President", American Press, September 14, 2022

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Appoints Craig T. Peterson as President", EDGE Media Network, September 14, 2022

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Appoints New President", UK Daily News, September 16, 2022

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Appoints New President", The Top Daily News, September 16, 2022

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Appoints President", ArtNet, September 16, 2022

"NEW PRESIDENT FOR THE LMCC", TriBeCa Citizen, September 16, 2022

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Appoints President", Text to Speech, September 17, 2022

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Appoints President", Falls Church News, September 18, 2022

"TCQ&A: Craig T. Peterson", Tribeca Citizen, October 5, 2022

"Art for the Sun Worshippers in All of Us", Hyperallergic, October 16, 2022


"A Summer Hot Spot Is Now a Winter Village. But Will New Yorkers Visit?" The New York Times, December 31, 2021

"Onyedika Chuke," Artforum, December 3, 2021

"Editors' Picks," artnet News, October 19, 2021

"Staying Present Is Lili Chopra’s Key to Keeping the Art World Fresh," W Magazine, October 14, 2021

"5 Things to Do This Weekend", The New York TimesOctober 14, 2021

"14 New Public Art Installations in NYC October 2021," Untapped Cities, October 1, 2021

"LMCC presents The Take Care Series at Governors Island," The Artists ForumOctober 1, 2021

"Many Ways in Lower Manhattan to Observe the 20th Anniversary of 9/11," The Tribeca Trib, September 2, 2021

"Dance: Eiko Otake," The New Yorker, September 2021

"Ways to mark September 11 in NYC this year," Time Out New York, September 7, 2021

"Stretching Time in River to River’s 20th Season," Brooklyn Rail, July 14, 2021

"ArtSeen: Onyedika Chuke: The Forever Museum Archive_Circa 6000BCE," Brooklyn Rail, July 14, 2021

"Using the Wisdom of Dance to Find Our Way Back to Our Bodies,"The New York Times, July 28, 2021

"Three unique art installations open at The Arts Center at Governors Island," Untapped Cities, June 21, 2021 

"A Tribute to Wayne Shorter at New York’s River to River Festival," Jazz Times, June 14, 2021

"Lili Chopra on How the Arts Can Help Cities Heal From Trauma," At a Distance Podcast, June 7, 2021

"River To River Festival," The New Yorker, June 2021

"Meg Webster: Wave," The

"River to River Festival Announces Lineup," New York Times, May 6, 2021

"Governors Island reopens May 1 with new ferry stops and art exhibits," 6sqft, April 2, 2021

"Governors Island Reopens to the Public on May 1, 2021," New Yorkled, April 1, 2021

"Week in Review, Awards & Accolades," Hyperallergic, March 14, 2021

"AIA New York reveals winners of 2021 Design Awards," The Architect's Newspaper, January 29, 2021

"LMCC Awards Governors Island Residencies" Tribeca Citizen, January 26, 2021

"Winners of the 2021 AIANY Design Awards," floornature, January 20, 2021

"Editors’ Picks: 15 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week" artnet News, December 8, 2020

"Mona Chalabi’s Week: Rewatching ‘Succession’ and Cooking ‘Disgusting’ Meals" The New York Times, October 6, 2020

"Arts Etc., An Arts Event Calendar" International Examiner, August 19, 2020

"River To River, the festival of recovery in New York" Artribune, August 16, 2020

"The Downtown Calendar" The Broadsheet, August 14, 2020

"Public Art Projects That Bring Poetry and Participatory Installations to Lower Manhattan" Hyperallergic, August 11, 2020

"Editors’ Picks: 17 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week" artnet News, August 4, 2020

"New Yorkers’ Phone Calls Turned Into Poetry" T: The New York Times Style Magazine, July 30, 2020

"Governors Island to provide spaces for artists affected by COVID-19 during the 2020 park season" amNewYork, July 23, 2020

"New York City Wants Locals to Get Out and Enjoy Free Public Art Programs With a New Digital Resource" ARTFIXdaily, July 23, 2020

"With public programming derailed, Governors Island buildings will be opened to New York artists" The Art Newspaper, July 22, 2020

"Artist Residency Initiative Launching On Governors Island For Artists From Harlem To Hollis" Harlem World Magazine, July 22, 2020

"Visions for Our Future" The New York Times, July 16, 2020

"Editors’ Picks: 14 Things Not to Miss in the Virtual Art World This Week" artnet News, May 18, 2020

"The Shock of the New" Wish - The Australian, May 2020

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Names Recipients of over $1.5 million in Grants" Artforum, February 21, 2020

"These plants went extinct in NYC. Now, an artist is reintroducing them " Fast Company Co.Design, October 24, 2019

"Extinct in New York is an Artforum Critics Pick" Artforum, October 24, 2019

"A Greenhouse for Extinct Flora" Hyperallergic, October 19, 2019

"Now open: the new arts center on Governors Island" Tribeca Citizen, October 2, 2019

"Art and culture find a permanent home on Governors Island with exhibits, workshops and more" amNewYork, September 24, 2019

"A New Contemporary Art Space Opens on New York’s Governors Island, Complete With a Yoko Ono ‘Wish Tree'" artnet News, September 23, 2019

"Governors Island gains its first year-round home for the arts" 6sqft, September 23, 2019

"Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend " The Art Newspaper, September 19, 2019

"Could New York’s Governors Island Become A Hub For Contemporary Art?" Forbes, September 19, 2019

"At the River To River Festival, the Art of Slowing Down" The New York Times, June 26, 2019

"Yoko Ono’s Refugee Boat Sparks Renewed Conversation About Immigration" Hyperallergic, June 26, 2019

"River to River dance festival — the dawn worked its miraculous transformations" Financial Times, June 25, 2019

"Protect the persecuted': behind Yoko Ono's impactful refugee art project" The Guardian, June 21, 2019 

"Asking Artists, What Do You Need?" The New York Times, June 18, 2019

"Venetian Heritage Appoints Peter Marino, Governors Island Arts Center Announced, and More News This Week" Architectural Digest, April 1, 2019

"The Approval Matrix: Week of April 1, 2019" New York Magazine, March 31, 2019

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Establishes Arts Center on Governors Island" Art and Education, March 28, 2019

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council establishes Arts Center on Governors Island" Artforum, March 25, 2019

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to Open First Permanent Governors Island Art Space This Fall" ARTnews, March 25, 2019

"A 19th-century warehouse on Governors Island will become a permanent arts center" 6sqft, March 25, 2019

"Arts center to open on Governors Island in September" Crain'sMarch 25, 2019

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Opens Renovated Arts Center at Governors Island in September" Artfix Daily, March 25, 2019

"Arts Center Gets Permanent Home on Governors Island" Commercial ObserverMarch 25, 2019

"On Governors Island, a Munitions Warehouse Becomes a Cultural Hub" The Wall Street Journal, March 24, 2019

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Awards Over $1.5 Million to Artists and Arts Organizations" Artforum, February 29, 2019

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Expands Residencies and Announces Recipients" The New York Times, January 20, 2019

"How the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has kept art thriving through FiDi's ups and downs" 6sqft, October 12, 2018

"Layers of Possibility: Site-specific dance and the River To River Festival" Brooklyn Rail, July 11, 2018

"An Uptown Artistic Director Moves Downtown" New York Times, March 8, 2018

Accolades for LMCC

"From the attacks on 9/11 to the devastating fallout of the 2008 economic crisis...Lower Manhattan has been at the epicenter of some of the city’s and nation’s most historic moments. Throughout these events, the LMCC has persisted and...played a pivotal role in helping the neighborhood transition into the vibrant and diverse neighborhood it is today..."—6sqft

“LMCC has committed to bringing opportunities to artists in multiple ways...The Downtown Dinner was a critical reminder of the cultural vibrancy that is cultivated and invested in, as well as the absolutely essential part that the LMCC continues to play.” —Glass Magazine

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s free festival [River To River] reliably offers a burst of the most interesting dance performances of the summer, in fun settings.”—The New Yorker

"From City Hall Park to the Financial District to South Street Seaport to Governors Island...Lower Manhattan Cultural Council deploys some of our most interesting dance artists...Consider taking a week of vacation days so you can wallow in all this talent.” —Village Voice

“Every year, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) turns downtown and Governors Island into its stage, gallery and experimental studio, as performers and artists bring ambitious works to the iconic setting.”—amNewYork

“As reliable as the tide but considerably less predictable, a deep dive into the sheer volume of events scheduled for Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s River to River Festival will leave your head swimming with ways to soak in this annual genre-blurring, boundary-bursting celebration of dance, music, theater, and visual art.”—Downtown Express


Press Inquiries

For all press inquiries, media coverage related to The Arts Center at Governors Island and the River To River Festival, and releases/coverage prior to 2019 please contact Carrie Paveglio at