The Downtown Dinner


The Downtown Dinner

May 10, 2023
25 Broadway
New York, NY 10004


Twyla Tharp

Liberty Award for Artistic Leadership

Francis J. Greenburger

Liberty Award for Corporate Leadership

Alumni Awards

David Thomson

Mei Lum

Lisa Hsiao Chen


A Special Performance By

Greg Corbino & Company

Event Emcee

Darrell Martin

About the Downtown Dinner

Celebrate and support arts and culture in Manhattan at LMCC’s annual Downtown Dinner on May 10th at Cipriani 25 Broadway, honoring long-time LMCC Board Member Francis Greenburger of Time Equities, Inc. and legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp.

The Downtown Dinner is a highlight of the spring season in Lower Manhattan and a celebration of the role that artists play in building a vibrant and resilient community. This year the Downtown Dinner will bring together over 500 of the City’s most important business, civic and cultural leaders, and funds raised from the event support LMCC’s groundbreaking programs and initiatives that bolster artists in Lower Manhattan, across the Borough, and throughout NYC.

Francis Greenburger has served on the LMCC Board since 2004, and over the last two decades has been one of our most important arts advocates. Francis is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Time Equities Inc., and the founder and Chairman of Art Omi, a sculpture and architecture park and arts center founded in 1992. Most recently, Francis  founded the Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice in 2014, which advocates for reforms to the criminal justice and mental health systems.

In addition to Francis, LMCC will also honor legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp, who will receive the Liberty Award for Artistic Leadership. Twyla has choreographed over 125 dances, five Hollywood films (including Hair, Ragtime, and Amadeus), directed and choreographed two Broadway productions, written two books, and received numerous awards.

The evening will also feature an immersive performance of Gregory Corbino’s Murmurations–a collective puppetry performance of oceanic proportions, responding to the impacts of climate change and plastic pollution on the ocean. Giant puppets crafted of plastic trash removed from New York City waterways and beaches will transform Cipriani 25 Broadway into a seascape of androgynous oysters, stunning sturgeon and captivating cetaceans.

For additional information or to make your reservation by email, please contact Moe Yousuf, Director of Development, at

Our 2023 Honorees


Francis J. Greenburger is an American real estate developer, literary agent, author, philanthropist, activist and founder of Time Equities Inc., Art Omi, Inc., and the Greenburger Center for Social & Criminal Justice.

Francis Greenburger is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Time Equities Inc. Founded in 1966, Time Equities Inc. (TEI) has been in the real estate investment, development and asset & property management business for more than 50 years. He is also the Chairman of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (SJGA), a literary agency founded by his father in 1932.

He is the Founder and Chairman of Art Omi, a sculpture and architecture park and arts center founded in 1992, which also provides residencies for visual artists, writers, dancers, musicians, and architects from all over the world. Most recently, Mr. Greenburger founded the Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice in 2014, which advocates for reforms to the criminal justice and mental health systems. He also serves on the board of several not for profit organizations and is an active donor to over 300 charitable organizations.

Mr. Greenburger graduated from Baruch College in 1974 with a degree in Public Administration. He is an avid tennis player and traveler. He resides in Manhattan with his wife Isabelle Autones and is the proud father of four children: Morgan, Noah, Julia and Claire.


Twyla Tharp is a New York-based dancer and choreographer. Her dance company, Twyla Tharp Dance is known for its creativity, wit and technical precision coupled with a streetwise nonchalance. By combining different forms of movement – such as jazz, ballet, boxing and inventions of her own making – Tharp’s work expands the boundaries of ballet and modern dance. Her publications include Push Comes to Shove (1992) ;The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life ; and The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together. 

Her awards include a Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, nineteen honorary doctorates, the Vietnam Veterans of America President's Award, the 2004 National Medal of the Arts, the 2008 Jerome Robbins Prize, and a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor. Her many grants include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship.  She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received a B.A. at Barnard College in 1963.

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Mei Lum is the 5th generation owner of her family’s over century-old porcelain ware business and the oldest operating store in NYC's Chinatown, Wing on Wo & Co. (W.O.W.). In light of Manhattan Chinatown's rapid cultural displacement, Mei established a community initiative, the W.O.W. Project in 2016 out of a desire to amplify community voices and stories through art, culture, and activism. Since its inception, the W.O.W. Project has become a trailblazer in becoming one of the neighborhood’s very first women and non-binary led initiatives to transform a storefront into an alternative space for community dialogue and grassroots action for Chinatown’s future. Mei has grown as a community leader alongside the W.O.W. Project with recognition as a 2017 emerging voice in the APA community by NBC Asian America, she received the 2019 Community Builder Award from OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates, 2019 Rubinger Fellowship from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and was a 2020-2022 Civic Practice Partnership Artist-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

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David Thomson is an interdisciplinary collaborative artist working in the fields of music, dance, theater, and performance with Trisha Brown, Ralph Lemon, Marina Abramović, Kaneza Schaal, Yvonne Rainer, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Matthew Barney  among many others.  His work has been presented by The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Roulette, The Bronx Museum, Performance Space NY, and Movement Research. Thomson’s practice centers on the interrogation of presence and absence in the performance of identity.  He has been Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Gibney Dance Center, The Invisible Dog, Mount Tremper Arts Center, and The Lunder Institute of American Art. Thomson has been awarded fellowships from United States Artists|Ford (2012), NYFA in Choreography (2013,2022), MacDowell (2013), Yaddo (2014), The Rauschenberg Foundation (2018), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2018-21) and is a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Awardee (2022). Thomson was honored with a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for Sustained Achievement (2001), and for Outstanding Production for his first evening-length work he his own mythical beast (2018). In 2017, he initiated The Artist Sustainability Project to expand the practice and discourse of financial, artistic, and personal empowerment for artists.


Lisa Hsiao Chen is the author of Activities of Daily Living (W.W. Norton, 2022), which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel Award and the Gotham Book Prize, longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and selected by The New Yorker and Vogue as a Best Book of 2022 and by Publishers Weekly as one of its Top 10 Books of 2022. Her book of poems, Mouth (Kaya Press, 2007), received an Association for Asian American Studies Book Award. Her work has received support from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Center for Fiction, Art Omi: Writers, Saltonstall Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, and Vermont Studio Center, where she was a visiting writer. Born in Taipei, she now lives in New York City.

2023 Guest Performance

Greg Lower East Side

Greg Corbino is a multidisciplinary artist, puppeteer and educator whose work investigates how object performance crafted from plastic detritus and engaged by community can create queer ecologies of care and action in public space. His work is deeply invested in nature and aspires to be an act of repair, creating puppets from materials collected from New York shorelines to draw attention to the calamitous environmental impact of the plastics industry. Gregory is a long-time collaborator with Peter Schumann and The Bread and Puppet Theater and has worked with Jennifer Miller and Circus Amok, Reverend Billy, Savitri D and The Stop Shopping Choir, Xaviera Simmons, Sanford Biggers, Cecilia Vicuña, Amy Trompeter and Cathy Weiss among others. His fabrication and design work has been seen at The High Line, The Queens Museum, The Leslie Lohman Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Smithsonian Institution. Residencies have included QueerLab (Rome) Isadora Duncan Dance Center (Greece) and Togo Village Art Museum (Taiwan). In 2021 he was a resident at The Arts Center at Governors Island and presented the premier of MURMURATIONS at the River to River Festival in 2022.

2023 Guest Emcee


Darrell Martin, owner of Hip Parties, has collaborated with such stars as Pink, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Rupaul, and Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys throughout his production and entertainment career. His career in entertaining at private affairs include such clients as Wells Fargo, American Express, Readers Digest, The Chris Berman Family (SportsCaster), the Ron Howard family, the Howard Stern family as well as a host of others.

The Downtown Dinner 2023 Supporters

As of April 20, 2023

Diamond Committee
Time Equities, Inc.

Titanium Committee
BNY Mellon
Buro Happold
HLW International Architects
The Howard Hughes Corporation
Jack and Susy Wadsworth
Linda Genereux and Timur Galen
Wide World Technologies

Platinum Committee
Adamson Associates
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Elizabeth and Michael Ashworth
Ken and Kim Blacklow
Morgan Stanley
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Structure Tone
Trinity Church Wall Street

Silver Supporter
Richard & Rony Menschel
STO Building Group

Bronze Supporter
Jay Berman
Marcia Caban

Copper Supporter
Cherrie Nanninga
Downtown Lower Manhattan Association
Duncan & Susan Brown
Jay Badame
Marie Christine Katz
Morgan von Prelle Pecelli
William Cohan

Past Downtown Dinner Honorees


Pam Tanowitz
Ezra Wube
The Harlem Chamber Players
Chia-Lun Chang


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 2022
The Downtown Dinner Reimagined 2021
A Toast to Downtown 2020
The Downtown Dinner 2019
The Downtown Dinner 2018