Eleanor Kipping, Governors Island COVID-19 Response Residency 2020. Photo by Salome Mindiashvili
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LMCC's Artist Residency programs respond directly to the immediate needs of the artistic community, and promote the development of the artistic work. These residencies are available to artists working in all disciplines, via open-call applications or nomination processes.

The studio spaces are located in temporarily donated spaces throughout Lower Manhattan and in our Arts Center at Governors Island. These programs are free to participating artists.

LMCC's Artist Residency programs currently include Workspace, Arts Center, Extended Life and SU-CASA Residencies. 

For the 2020 and 2021 season, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), The Trust for Governors lsland and 18 other cultural organizations joined forces to host free residency programs for artists and cultural practitioners that were affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This new residency initiative was launched in recognition of the pandemic's devastating impact on the NYC cultural landscape and supporting the artist communities embedded within.

As part of the new Governors Island Residency Initiative in Response to COVID-19, LMCC conducted an open call in 2020 and most recently in 2021 to provide free, temporary residency and workspace at The Arts Center at Governors lsland to eligible artists and small arts groups based throughout the five boroughs.

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Workspace Residency

A nine-month studio residency program that focuses on creative practice development for emerging artists working across all disciplines, LMCC's Workspace program offers space for experimentation and dialogue with peers and arts professionals, as well as career advancement opportunities.

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Arts Center Residency

The Arts Center at Governors Island is home to year-round artist residency programs.

Artists explore themes of social justice/social practice, NYC Harbor and/or Governors Island history climate change, and water.

Residents receive their own dedicated studio space as well as access to all of the Arts Center's common/shared spaces. Opportunities for professional and creative development are programmed throughout the residency period, and Open Studios Weekends and events take place throughout the public season of May - October.

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Extended Life Residency

The Extended Life Dance Development Residency program extends the lives of ephemeral, essential works of dance, and advance the creative lives of the artists themselves through a new framework where institutional collaborations are key.

The residency enables mid-career choreographers to expand and experiment with their existing works, present in both traditional and site-based venues, and develop strong, collaborative partnerships with local partners and national presenters.

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SU-CASA Residency

SU-CASA is a community arts engagement program that places artists and organizations in residence at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. The program provides selected artists with a stipend in exchange for the creation and deliver of arts programming for seniors.

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Artist Residency Partnerships

Onassis AiR 2020/21: The School of Infinite Rehearsals

During the first year of Οnassis AiR School of Infinite Rehearsals, two LMCC alumni artists that are within the Extended Life Program, will participate in the Fall 2020 Movement Groups at Οnassis AiR exploring notions of identities. One more LMCC alumni artist will participate in the Spring 2021 Movement Group exploring the question of human and non-human interactions. During 2021, selected Οnassis AiR alumni will travel to the new studios of LMCC on Governors Island in order to take their research further and benefit from the extremely diverse community and peers of LMCC.

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YoungArts at the Arts Center at Governors Island

YoungArts and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) have partnered to offer a three-month residency to a YoungArts alumnus/a at LMCC’s newly renovated, multi-use arts space on Governors Island, which opened in Fall 2019.

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