Lower Manhattan Cultural Council celebrates 40 years – full list revealed

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), one of New York’s premiere arts and artist support organizations.

Many know LMCC by its flagship annual event the River To River Festival (info on that coming soon!), but River To River is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of programs and support offered by LMCC to artists and arts organizations.
This year, in celebration of its 40th anniversary, LMCC is launching a brand new program in Dance called Extended Life.

Info on that new program and its first crop of grantees/recipients is below–along with full info on all of LMCC’s programs for the year.  
From the release:

In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) is set to unveil Extended Life, a groundbreaking partnership with 12 dance artists living and working in New York City.

Extended Life is the latest in a host of LMCC programs that, in direct response to expressed need, offer space, financial resources and professional and creative development to artists and arts organizations in all disciplines. With these initiatives, LMCC seeks to advance artistic practices while simultaneously nurturing the cultural life of New York City through increased audience access to and participation in the arts and the creative process.

Please see below for full details on the Extended Life program, as well as LMCC’s 2013 Artist Residencies & Fellowships, Professional Development Programs for Artists and Manhattan Community Arts Grants.
“Our commitment to advancing artists, providing the artistic community with 360 degrees of support and championing multidisciplinary practices remains central to our vision for this 40th Anniversary year.”
– Melissa Levin, LMCC Director of Cultural Programs

Since 1973 LMCC has been a leading voice in fostering relationships between art, culture and commerce by presenting cultural events, advocating for artists and the arts, and working in partnerships to improve quality of life for New York City’s workers, residents and visitors. Central to this is the belief that visionary cultural initiatives can lead to both sustainable community growth and the development of opportunities for artists, as long as those initiatives align with the needs of neighborhoods, find support in both the public and private sectors and engage cross-sector partnerships.
“The strength and depth of our artist support programs is due in large part to our partnerships with community organizations, public agencies and private funders. We are part of a strong, well-connected community committed to fostering the creative practices of emerging, mid-career and established artists.”
– Kay Takeda, LMCC Director of Grants and Services


LMCC’s new Extended Life program showcases choreographers whose work demonstrates a strong understanding of site, space and architecture, challenges notions of form, and inspires an investigative spirit. Inaugurated during the 2012 River To River Festival, Extended Life provides artists with opportunities to develop multiple iterations of a work so that it may be adaptable to both traditional venues and non-traditional locations. With 2013 support generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon foundation, Extended Life aims to engage members of the public, deepen their understanding of the artistic process and cultivate new audiences through experiences such as artist talks, open rehearsals, works-in-process showings and premiere presentations of the work(s) being created.
“LMCC has a 40-year history of comprehensively thinking about the arts sector while working on an individual level with artists. Extended Life gives us the opportunity to further develop a model that addresses the sustainability challenges in dance artists’ careers while expanding the life cycle of choreography in the City.”
– Sam Miller, LMCC President
The Extended Life program is tailored to the unique needs of each participating artist. Resources include artist fees, residency space, creative and professional development opportunities, access to site-based dramaturgical support, and participation in LMCC’s sustainability initiatives concerning the environmental, social and economic impact of the work as well as the sustainability of artists’ careers, their connections to community and the evolving practices in the field of contemporary performance. Opportunities for audience development and presentation include LMCC’s River To River Festival, in addition to those described above.
2013 Extended Life Artists:
luciana achugar
Vanessa Anspaugh
Souleymane Badolo
Wally Cardona
Faye Driscoll
DD Dorvillier
Maria Hassabi
Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Reiner
Tere O’Connor
Okwui Okpokwasili
Reggie Wilson
Enrico Wey


In direct response to the immediate needs of the artistic community in New York City, LMCC offers a variety of residency programs in spaces throughout Manhattan and on Governors Island to artists working in all disciplines. 2013 Artist Residencies include Workspace, Process Space, Swing Space and Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC). See below for descriptions of each program and information on all 2013 recipients.
“The energy of the Financial District was translated into my work…I love the older windy streets, the bustle of the workers and the mix of historic buildings with new high rises.”
– Valerie Hegarty, LMCC Artist-in-Residence 2012
Workspace addresses the critical need for affordable studio space in Manhattan by securing and adapting temporarily vacant office space Downtown in partnership with generous real estate owners. Workspace studio locations change frequently, but are always located in Lower Manhattan, often in idiosyncratic spaces within noted landmark buildings. By creating space for artistic production just blocks from Wall Street, the Workspace program changes what it means to “work” in Lower Manhattan. Applications for Workspace will open again in December 2013.
Current Workspace Visual Artists-in-Residence:
Guy Ben-Ari
Alberto Borea
Liene Bosquê
Grayson Cox
Oasa DuVerney
Alejandro Guzmán
Stuart Hawkins
David Kennedy Cutler
Alexandra Lerman
Dana Levy
Yijun Liao
Rachel Mason
Miná Minov
Leah Raintree
Carlos Reyes
Farideh Sahaeifar
Claire Sherman
Luke Settner

Current Workspace Writers-in-Residence:
Mia Alvar
LaShea Delaney
Betsy Fagin
Benjamin Lasman
Daniel Machlin
Christine Malvasi
Pia Wilson
Jenny Zhang

Process Space
Process Space provides intensive residencies for performing artists and arts groups in New York City that are developing work to be presented locally. Process Space residencies are comprised of two to six weeks of intensive and exclusive time to foster the development of new work in one of two 1,400 square foot rehearsal studios in Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island.
2013 Process Space Artists (includes 2013 Extended Life choreographers):
Alec Duffy
Lar Lubovitch
Mikhael Tara Garver, Gabriel Evansohn, and Timothy Gilligan
Chris Green and Erin Orr
Ishmael Houston-Jones
Mike Iveson
John Jasperse
David Levine, Joe Diebes, and Christian Hawkey
New York City Players
Mei-Yin Ng
Andrew Ondrejcak
David Thomson

Swing Space
Swing Space offers short-term, project-based residencies for up to five-month periods to visual artists and up to three months for performing artists and arts groups. Like Workspace, it is a real estate initiative that matches artists and arts groups with vacant space Downtown and on Governors Island to develop and present new projects.
Swing Space Artists, Session 1, March–July:
Negar Ahkami
Ariana Carossa
William Corwin
Andrew Haik Demirjian
Jamie Diamond
Dahlia Elsayed
Karl Erickson
Tamar Ettun
Lena Henke
Oyster City
(Meredith Drum and Rachel Stevens)
Maria Rapicavoli
Andrew Ross
Kimberly Ruth
Elisabeth Smolarz
Nicolas Touron
Jody Wood
Ezra Wube

Swing Space Artists, Session 2, August–December:
Nobutaka Aozaki
Lena Bergendahl
Rachel de Joode
Lisa Fairstein
GOOD WORK Productions (Tijana Miskovic and Nina Wengel)
Dominic Mangila
Eileen Maxson
New Draft Collective (Libby Pratt and Michi Jigarjian)
Sarah Nicholls
Really Large Numbers (Chad Stayrook and Julia Oldham)
Raúl Diaz Reyes
Romy Scheroder
Jennifer Schmidt
Maxwell Stolkin
Ginta Vasermane
Carlos Vela-Prado and Claudia Cortinez
Elizabeth White
Jade Yumang
Jiajia Zhang

Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide
Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC) is a community arts engagement in partnership with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department for the Aging and the City’s five local arts councils situated in each borough that places artists-in-residence at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. LMCC is proud to manage the Manhattan based activities within the program with the goal of positively impacting the wellbeing of older adults through the arts. All residencies include a public program component: a series of exhibitions, readings, performances, open houses or other cultural interactions.
2013 SPARC Artists-in-Residence:
Mashuq Deen (writing/performing) at SAGE Innovative Senior Center
Paul Ferrara (visual) at Project Find: Hamilton Senior Center
Naomi Goldberg Haas (performing) at Hudson Guild Adult Services
Chamber 16 (performing) at Carter Burden Senior Center
Karen Heuler (writing) at The Center at Red Oak
Ritta Ikonen (visual/performing) at City Hall Senior Center
Julie Kline and Liza Zapol (performing) at Lenox Hill at St. Peters
Katie Rose McLaughlin (performing) at Riverstone Senior Life Services
Laura Nova and Theresa Long (multidiscipline) at LaGuardia Senior Center
Yoni Oppenheim (performing) at YM-YHHA of Washington Heights
Francine Perlman (visual) at UBA Beatrice Lewis Senior Center
Larissa Velez-Jackson (performing) at Encore Community Services Center


Asian Cultural Council
The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) Fellowship is a partnership between LMCC and the ACC, the only organization in the world whose sole mission is to support cultural exchange between the United States and Asia and within the countries of Asia. Headquartered in New York City, the ACC maintains offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo with partner Foundations in Manila and Taipei. Grants are awarded for research and creative projects across a wide spectrum of the performing and visual arts, and across both traditional and contemporary concentrations. LMCC’s partnership with ACC offers support to Asian individuals in the visual and performing arts seeking to pursue creative activity in New York City.
2013 ACC Fellows:
Roland Hilario (The Philippines) March–July 2013
Vollack Kong (Cambodia) March–July 2013
LMCC is proud to partner with the Mayor’s Office of the City of Paris (Mairie de Paris) to provide one New York City artist with the opportunity to live and work at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France for six consecutive months.
LMCC and the Mayor’s Office of the City of Paris began a partnership in 2002 when Paris reached out to LMCC as a gesture of fellowship following the events of September 11, 2001. Since then, LMCC has sent 11 New York City-based artists to Paris. The Paris Residency builds on LMCC’s history of creating opportunities for artists to have new experiences and develop new work in unique settings. Applications for 2014 are now open and due on April 1. http://www.lmcc.net/residencies/paris_residency/apply
Season of Cambodia
Season of Cambodia (SOC) is a festival that will bring more than 125 artists from Cambodia to New York City for a major celebration of Cambodian arts and culture. The Festival will feature works from artists and scholars of all artistic levels and will showcase a multitude of art forms including ritual, music, visual art, performance, dance, shadow puppetry, film and academic forums. These artists and scholars will be presented by more than 30 of New York’s arts and educational institutions, including LMCC. Other presenters include Arts Brookfield, Abrons Arts, Asia Society, ACC, The Met and BAM.
As part of SOC, LMCC will host five visual artists and one curator from Cambodia for two month residencies (April–May) in Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, with a culminating open studio event held in the Gallery during opening weekend of Governors Island May 25–27. To find out more about SOC, please visit: http://seasonofcambodia.org/

LMCC offers free workshops and intensive seminars to artists on timely issues in the areas of business proficiency, artistic practice and community engagement. The programs are designed to address artist-specific needs and practices, to foster learning and dialogue and to create robust and expanding networks for participants.
Spring / Summer Intensives
Marketing & Communications for Artists is a three-part workshop series that offers practical knowledge for artists and small arts organizations working to improve their communication strategies and expand or deepen their relationship with audiences. Covered topics include: developing an online presence, social media strategies, and press and media relations. March–April 2013.
Fundraising Fundamentals is a six-week series that offers LMCC’s core fundraising curriculum in order to help artists develop the skills to raise resources to support their artistic practice. Covered topics include: the funding ecosystem, grantwriting, budgeting, preparing work samples, and cultivating individual donors. July–August 2013.
Basic Finance for Artists
Basic Finance for Artists (BFA) is New York’s only intensive six-week seminar on personal finance designed especially for artists, offering comprehensive training in financial management through a unique combination of seminar-style learning and hands-on group and individual exercises. Covered topics include project and personal budgeting, tax issues, managing credit, savings, investment, retirement and financial planning. April–May 2013.
Artists Summer Institute
Artists Summer Institute (ASI) is a five-day intensive program that provides arts-focused professional training, tools and advice that help put artists on a path to greater career sustainability and self-sufficiency. Offered through a partnership between LMCC and Creative Capital, ASI brings together the best of each partner’s professional development programs to offer more comprehensive support to 55 New York City artists working in all disciplines. August 2013.

As the largest re-grantor of public funds for the arts within New York City, LMCC offers direct financial support and technical assistance for artists and emerging, grassroots and community-focused organizations to share their art with audiences across Manhattan: on stages, in exhibition halls, classrooms, recreation rooms, public spaces and unexpected locations. Central to LMCC’s grant-making is the idea that artists who are embedded in local communities with an authentic understanding of community needs and aspirations can create meaningful experiences for audiences that inform their understanding of themselves, each other, and the places and neighborhoods where they live.
2013 Grant programs include the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, made possible by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and The Fund for Creative Communities and Creative Curricula, both made possible by the New York State Council for the Arts. See below for program information and a list of this year’s recipients.
“As a result of the LMCC grant, I was able to connect with other cultural organizations that I would not have been able to approach and garnered interest in my projects for consideration in possible future collaborations.”
 – Adam Reifsteck, LMCC Grant Recipient
2013 Manhattan Community Arts Breakfast
In addition to providing direct financial support, LMCC hosts the Manhattan Community Arts Breakfast to honor its 2013 Grantees and SPARC artists and to help develop networks between artists, community representatives and public officials. This year’s event, generously hosted by Léman Manhattan Preparatory School on March 27, will celebrate socially engaged artistic practices and the role of the arts in catalyzing communities.
Creative Curricula
Creative Curricula is a local arts-education regrant program supporting partnerships between Manhattan-based teaching artists or cultural organizations and Manhattan public schools. The program enables projects that engage students in rich artistic learning experiences in the classroom. Two application cycles are offered in 2013. Round 2 application open now, deadline April 9, 2013:  http://www.lmcc.net/grants/creative_curricula/apply
2013 Creative Curricula Award: Round 1
Konstantinios Kiritsis and the High School of Hospitality Management
Manhattan Community Arts Fund / The Fund for Creative Communities
MCAF and The Fund are LMCC’s anchor regranting programs, providing support to individual artists and organizations to engage and enrich the public through the arts. Often a launching pad for emerging artists and organizations working across disciplines, these grants respond directly to the need for financial support by artists living and working in Manhattan, and to the richness and diversity of arts programming across the borough. Supported projects forge connections between artists and their communities through presentation, arts education and hands-on participation.

2013 Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grantees in Dance
Oren Barnoy
Dance Collective
Darrah Carr Dance, Inc.
Mark Dendy
Sita Frederick
Stacy Grossfield
Anneke Hansen
Maria Hassabi
The House of Pink Elephants
Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc.
Cherylyn Lavagnino
Regina Nejman
The Playground
Pam Tanowitz
Thinkdance, Inc.
TrioDance Collective (Barbara Diewald)
Gwen Welliver

2013 Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grantees in Literature
Tara Bracco
Emily Rubin
Warrior Writers
2013 Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grantees in Media/New Media
3rd I NY Arte Institute Inc.
Matthew Carey
Steve Coupeau
Dirty Looks NYC
Michael Vergara
Xiao Guang Zhu

2013 Manhattan Community Arts Fund Multidisciplinary Grantees
The 6th Street and Avenue B Garden

Michele Beck
Cheres Ukrainian Folk Ensemble
Chinese Musical and Theatrical Association of New York, Inc.
Frozen Feet Theater
Lawrence Goldhuber
The India Center
Anne Kristoff
Jesus Laviera
Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company
MADArt Creative
Mark Lamb Dance Group, Inc.
Megapolis Festival
New York Bard Wo Association
New York Hang Tang Culture and Art Center, Inc.
Pioneers Go East
Quibit New Music
Carole Reid
South Asian Women’s Creative Collective
Rebecca Thomas
Ian Williams
Zest for Education of Youth Brings Rhythm Arts and Humanities (ZEYBRAH)

2013 Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grantees in Music
The Art Song Preservation Society of New York, Inc.
Arts at Tenri Cultural Institute
Arts Indonesia, Inc.
Cadillac Moon Ensemble
Cerddorion NYC, Inc.
Chamber Orchestra of New York “Ottorino Respighi”
Cornerstone Chorale, Inc.
Ensemble Pi
The Glass Menagerie Downtown Community Chorus, Inc.
Gotham Performing Arts
Greenwich Village Orchestra
Voices of Gotham
Diana Herold
MiShinnah Productions
Momenta Quartet
New York City Classical Guitar Society
Megumi Okura
Peace of Heart Choir, Inc.
Raquel Z. Rivera & Ojos de Sofia
Eve Sicular
St. George’s Choral Society Since 1817
The Stonewall Chorale
Steve Swell
Guowei Wang
Welltone New Music, Inc.
What a Neighborhood!

2013 Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grantees in Theater
Blessed Unrest Theatre, Inc.
Germono Bryant
Crossing Jamaica Avenue Inc.
Steven Cuiffo
Catharine Dill
Eagle Project
Four Seas Players, Inc.
Julia Jarcho
Amy Jensen
Christine Toy Johnson
William Larche
Less Than Rent Theatre, LTD.
Leviathan Lab (Fractured Atlas)
The longest lunch theatre company
Messenger Theatre Company
Mixed Phoenix Theatre Group
The Movement Theatre Company
National Asian Artists Project
Plai theatre (Helena Judd)
Alfred Preisser
RADY&BLOOM Collective Playmaking
Tyne Rafaeli
LaVern Rector
Scandinavian American Theater Company
Joseph Schultz
The Shelter NYC, Inc.
Judy Tate
Sherry Teitelbaum
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
Alaudin Ullah
UP Theater Company, Inc.
Voyage Theater Company

2013 Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grantees in Visual Art
4heads, Inc.
Michele Brody
Sonia Davis
Mike Fitelson
Felipe Galindo
Erica Leone
George Morillo
Iva Nikolova
Manuel Vega

2013 Fund for Creative Communities Grantees in Dance
Dance Parade, Inc.
Darrah Carr Dance, Inc.
The Equus Projects
Flamenco Latino, Inc.
General Mischief Dance Theatre
The Harlem Swing Dance Society
House of Dance, Inc.
human future dance corps
Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance, Inc.
Saeko Ichinohe and Company, Inc.

2013 Fund for Creative Communities Grantees in Literature
Melissa Petro
Emily Rubin
Warrior Writers
2013 Fund for Creative Communities Grantees in Media/New Media

3rd I NY
Arte Institute, Inc.
2013 Fund for Creative Communities Multidisciplinary Grantees
6th Street and Avenue B Garden
Art for Change, Inc.
Chinese Musical and Theatrical Association of NY, Inc.
DDJW Incorporated
Figment Project, Inc.
Fly-by-Night Dance Theatre, Inc.
Gamelan Kusuma Laras
Goddard Riverside Community Center
The India Center
MADArt Creative
New York African Chorus Ensemble, Inc.
New York Bard Wo Association
New York Hang Tang Culture and Art Center, Inc.
New York State Youth Leadership Council
NYC Kidsfest
Our Time Theatre Company, Inc.
Pan American Musical Art Research, Inc.
Perspectives Ensemble, Inc.
Sachiyo Ito and Company
South Asian Women’s Creative Collective
Zest for Education of Youth Brings Rhythm Arts and Humanities (ZEYBRAH)

2013 Fund for Creative Communities Grantees in Music
Amore Opera, Inc.
The Art Song Preservation Society of NY, Inc.
Arts at Tenri Cultural Institute
Arts Indonesia, Inc.
The Basilica of St Patrick’s Old Cathedral
Cerddorion NYC, Inc.
Chamber Orchestra of New York “Ottorino Respighi”
Cornerstone Chorale, Inc.
El Taller Latino Americano
Ensemble Pi
The Glass Menagerie Downtown Community Chorus, Inc.
Greenwich Village Orchestra
The Jazz Committee – Midtown Arts Common
L’Amore della Musica, Inc.
Make Music New York, Inc.
Manhattan Choral Ensemble
Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC, Inc.
Music Mondays
New York City Classical Guitar Society
Peace of Heart Choir, Inc.
Rector, Churchwardens and Vestrymembers of the Church of St. Luke in the Fields
Russian Musical Arts Society of America, Inc.
Eve Sicular
St. George’s Choral Society Since 1817
The Stonewall Chorale
Sybarite Chamber Players, Ltd.
Underworld Productions Opera Ensemble, Inc.
Vocal Ease, Inc.
Westbeth MusicWorks
World Foundation for Music and Healing

2013 Fund for Creative Communities Grantees in Theater
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Inc.
Mallory Catlett with Aaron Landsman and Jim Findlay
Crossing Jamaica Avenue, Inc.
LaMicro Theater, Inc.
Less Than Rent Theatre, Ltd.
Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center
Messenger Theatre Company
Moose Hall Theatre Company
The Shelter NYC, Inc.
Judy Tate
Sherry Teitelbaum
Mei Ann Teo
Voyage Theatre Company

2013 Fund for Creative Communities Grantees in Visual Art
Dare2Draw, Inc.
PSNY International, Ltd.
Sculptors Alliance, Inc.
Tuesday Evening Hour, Inc.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been a leading voice for arts and culture since 1973, presenting cultural events Downtown and advocating for artists and the arts, and working in partnership to improve the quality of life for New York City’s workers, residents, and visitors. http://lmcc.net
The 2012 inaugural pilot of Extended Life included luciana achugar, Wally Cardona, Tara O’Con, Tere O’Connor, Beth Gill, and Maria Hassabi, and received project support from American Express via the River To River Festival and from the Doris Duke Charitable Trust via LMCC’s sustainability initiative. The 2013 Extended Life program has received key project support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
LMCC’s Artist Residency Programs are supported, in part, by Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Cowles Charitable Trust, The F.B. Heron Foundation, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, Lambent Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, New York Community Trust, and Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
LMCC’s Artist Residency Programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts; and the National Endowment for the Arts.