LMCC’s Artist Residency programs respond directly to the immediate needs of the artistic community, and promote the development of 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.
Governors Island Residency Initiative in Response to COVID-19
For the 2020 season, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC),
The Trust for Governors Island, and 18 other cultural organizations
with space on Governors Island will join forces to host free residency programs for artists and cultural practitioners that have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, 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, LMCC will conduct an open call to provide free, temporary residency and work space at the Arts Center at Governors Island to eligible artists and small arts groups based throughout the five boroughs.
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.
LMCC’s 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.
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.
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 delivery of arts programming for seniors.