The Downtown Dinner

Since 2002, The Downtown Dinner has played an essential role in raising funds to support our mission, and has become a highlight of the spring season in Lower Manhattan. Every year, The Downtown Dinner gathers over 500 of the City’s most important business, civic and cultural leaders to celebrate the role that artists play in building a vibrant and resilient Downtown.

Past Downtown Dinner Honorees


Jessica Lappin, President, Downtown Alliance
Maggie Boepple
Amina Henry
Eiko Otake
Paul Pfeiffer



The Howard Hughes Corporation
Julie Taymor
Kaneza Schaal
Kamau Ware
Liana Finck



Tim & Stephanie Ingrassia
Julie Mehretu
Matt Jensen
Will Rawls
Melissa Febos



Anita Durst, Helena Durst, Durst Family
The Keith Haring Foundation & The Estate of Tseng Kwong Chi
William Cordova
Faye Driscoll
Lisa Ko



Frank Sciame
Laurie Anderson
Laura Nova
Okwui Okpokwasili
Julia Jarcho



Peter Poulakakos
Xu Bing
Mary Mattingly (accepted by Caroline Wall, Director, Robert Mann Gallery)
Aya Ogawa
Sarah Dohrmann


The Trust for Governors Island
Trisha Brown Dance Company
Dread Scott
Naomi Goldberg Haas
Pia Wilson
Control Group



Cherrie Nanninga, outgoing Board Chair
Richard Serra
LaToya Ruby Frazier
Pavel Zustiak
Amy Whitaker



Kevin Burke & Con Edison
Robert R. Douglass & the Alliance for Downtown New York
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum architecture and engineering team

  • Michael Arad / Handel Architects
  • Davis Brody Bond
  • Snøhetta
  • Peter Walker / PWP Landscape Architecture

Simone Leigh
Maria Hassabi
Alicia Jo Rabins



Kenneth I. Chenault & American Express
The Joyce Theater (award accepted by Linda E. Shelton)
Yoko Inoue
Emily Rubin



Steve Buscemi
Brookfield (award accepted by Melissa Coley, Anita Contini, and Debra Simon)
Kate Gilmore
The National Theatre of the United States of America

About LMCC

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is a partnership-driven nonprofit organization that has been working at the intersection of arts, business, and community in Lower Manhattan for almost five decades. In September 2019, we opened The Arts Center at Governors Island—a 40,000 square foot creative space that serves as the gateway to Governors Island’s Arts & Culture District.

The Downtown Dinner supports our efforts to serve, connect, and make space for artists and community in Manhattan and beyond.


Past Events:

The Downtown Dinner Reimagined 2021
A Toast to Downtown 2020
The Downtown Dinner 2019
The Downtown Dinner 2018