From June 10-27, 2021, LMCC presented the 20th edition of River To River, Downtown New York City’s completely free summer arts festival.

From its origins in the aftermath of 9/11 to the present context of the pandemic, River To River has long highlighted the fundamental role that creativity in all its forms plays in processes of recovery, resilience and renewal. All events are free and open to all. 

Curated by Lili Chopra and Nanette Nelms, the wide-ranging program speaks to our current moment, offering new ways of seeing and connecting. In addition to the broad range of in-person events, digital films in the Festival’s program were streamed on LMCC’s website.

Read about this year's Festival in The New York Times and The Brooklyn Rail.


Opening Concert
with esperanza spalding,
Terri Lyne Carrington & Leo Genovese

In-person event: June 10


WS, a longer super nova
Directed by Arthur Jafa

In-person event: June 10

Digital events:
WS a longer super nova streams online on June 12, 17, 19, 24, & 26.



Land of the Blacks
Kamau Ware

Digital essay

Participatory Event

esperanza spalding

In-person events:
June 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22 

Livestream: June 18 conversation & shareback

Visual Art

A Day at The Arts Center at Governors Island

In-person event: June 12


The Stranger
Damon Davis

In-person event: June 12

Digital events: 
The Stranger
streams June 13-27

Participatory Event

with Miguel Gutierrez,
Okwui Okpokwasili &
The Illustrious Blacks

In-person events:
June 13, 20, 25


Womxn in Windows

On public view June 15-27

Walking Tour + Podcast

As Above So Below
Black Gotham Experience

In person events:
June 16, 19, 24, 26


Mariana Valencia

In-person events: June 25-27


Maria Hassabi

In-person events:
June 26-27


nora chipaumire

In-person event: June 26

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LMCC is committed to your health and safety
The health of our artists, audiences, and staff are important to LMCC. To keep staff and visitors safe, LMCC is following local health department recommendations at River To River events, including requiring face masks, social distancing, health screenings, and collection of contact tracing information. We ask that if you are feeling unwell on the day of the event, to please stay home.