Trisha Brown Dance Company, "In Plain Site" at Wagner Park, River To River 2015. Photo credit: Darial Sneed.

LMCC in the News: 


"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

"THE CALENDAR: A special listing of events commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11," The Broadsheet 

"Ways to mark September 11 in NYC this year," Timeout 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,"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

"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


Press Releases:


Eiko Otake Performs New Piece, Slow Turn, in Battery Park City on September 11
LMCC Presents Meg Webster's "Wave" at The Arts Center at Governors Island at June 12–October 31
LMCC presents Onyedika Chuke’s The Forever Museum Archive_circa 6000BCE at The Arts Center at Governors Island June 12–October 31
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Presents the 20th Annual River To River Festival from June 10-27
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) awards over $1.3 million to 284 Artists and Arts Organizations
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) awards 22 artist residencies in second year of Governors Island Residency Initiative in Response to COVID-19 (PDF)


Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) presents River To River 2020: Four Voices (PDF)
The Trust for Governors island, LMCC and NYC Cultural Organizations Launch Artist Residency Initiative on Governors Island (PDF)


Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Announces Inaugural Season and September 19 Opening of LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island (PDF)
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Announces The Reflection Project with Yoko Ono and Yoko Ono: Add Color (Refugee Boat) (PDF)
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Presents the 18th Annual River to River Festival June 18–29 (PDF)
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Opens the Arts Center at Governors Island in September 2019 - (PDF)
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Awards Extended Life Dance Development Artist Residencies (PDF)



Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Awards Over $1.5 million to Manhattan-based Artists and Arts Organizations (PDF)
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Awards 2018-2019 Workspace Artist Residencies (PDF)


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 LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island and the River To River Festival, and releases/coverage prior to 2019 please contact

Chris Schimpf, Sacks & Co.