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

LMCC in the News: 


"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" 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:


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.”—AM New York

“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


For all press inquiries, media coverage related to The River To River Festival, and releases/coverage prior to 2018 please contact

Press Inquiries:
Chris Schimpf, Sacks & Co.