Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Founded as Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC serves, connects, and makes space for artists and community. Since 1973, LMCC has been the champion for independent artists in New York City and the cultural life force of Lower Manhattan.
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Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Manhattan. Learn more at: www.lmcc.net.

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06/24/2021

Join us at Processions with The Illustrious Blacks tomorrow, June 25 at 7 pm at Belvedere Plaza!

Presented in partnership with Battery Park City Authority and Movement Research, Processions is a series of three outdoor processionals in areas around Battery Park City engaging some of the most interesting choreographers in New York.

If the RSVP form is full, don’t fret – we welcome walk-ups! Be sure to arrive early to join the standby line. All are welcome to show up to the event either as participants or observers.

Image courtesy of The Illustrious Blacks.

Don't miss out on the digital screening of The Stranger, a film written, directed, and shot by Damon Davis through June ...
06/24/2021

Don't miss out on the digital screening of The Stranger, a film written, directed, and shot by Damon Davis through June 27, exclusively on LMCC.net!

The Stranger shares a stranger's journey to a homeland that he has never visited and reveals the complex relationship between Black Diaspora and the continental African people.

In the story, a Stranger falls from the sky in search of a Castle and a Queen. Along his journey, he meets a host of magical characters that guide his way through this foreign land. When he finally reaches his Castle and Queen, the two are not exactly what he expects.

Visit LMCC.net/R2R/damon-davis to stream online!

Image credits:
Stills from The Stranger, courtesy of Damon Davis.

There are two more dates available for digital streaming of WS, a longer super nova directed by Arthur Jafa tomorrow, Ju...
06/23/2021

There are two more dates available for digital streaming of WS, a longer super nova directed by Arthur Jafa tomorrow, June 24 at 8 pm & June 26 at 3 pm!

Jafa records an ongoing and intimately wild conversation between Mestre Shorter and brilliantly inspired Jazz force esperanza spalding. The conversation takes place in the eclectic home of Shorter’s friend, architect Frank Gehry.

Presented in partnership with The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center and The Broad Stage and produced by Nanette Nelms, WS, a longer super nova will be streamed exclusively on LMCC.net!

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/river-to-river-festival-2021-digital-screenings-ws-a-longer-super-nova-tickets-156772931057

Image credit:
Photo by Paula Lobo

There are two more dates available for digital streaming of WS, a longer super nova directed by Arthur Jafa tomorrow, June 24 at 8 pm & June 26 at 3 pm!

Jafa records an ongoing and intimately wild conversation between Mestre Shorter and brilliantly inspired Jazz force esperanza spalding. The conversation takes place in the eclectic home of Shorter’s friend, architect Frank Gehry.

Presented in partnership with The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center and The Broad Stage and produced by Nanette Nelms, WS, a longer super nova will be streamed exclusively on LMCC.net!

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/river-to-river-festival-2021-digital-screenings-ws-a-longer-super-nova-tickets-156772931057

Image credit:
Photo by Paula Lobo

Photos from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's post
06/22/2021

Photos from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's post

Photos from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's post
06/22/2021

Photos from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's post

Photos from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's post
06/22/2021

Photos from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's post

UPDATE FOR JUNE 22 TOUR: Due to inclement weather, the walking tour for Tuesday, June 22 has been POSTPONED to Saturday,...
06/22/2021

UPDATE FOR JUNE 22 TOUR: Due to inclement weather, the walking tour for Tuesday, June 22 has been POSTPONED to Saturday, June 26 from 4:30 pm-6:30pm. We encourage you to arrive by 4pm in order to experience the Monument before the tour begins.

Join us at As Above So Below walking tours presented by Kamau Ware of Black Gotham Experience and architect Rodney Leon today on June 22 and on Thursday, June 24, 4:30-6:30 pm!

As Above So Below encompasses a series of walking tours and podcasts that explore the impact of the African Diaspora on the establishment and development of NYC.

Black Gotham Experience (BGX) creates spaces to reimagine the African Diaspora through experiences rooted in art, education, and community. By bringing people together to share and create the stories that have been missing from history, we highlight how the past is present in our lives.

Tours are currently sold out, but we welcome walk-ups! Be sure to arrive early to join the standby line. Due to limited capacity, although entry is not guaranteed without a reservation.
https://lmcc.net/river-to-river-festival/black-gotham-experience/

Photos by Paula Lobo

As we continue the 20th edition of River To River,  Downtown New York City’s completely free summer arts festival we are...
06/21/2021

As we continue the 20th edition of River To River, Downtown New York City’s completely free summer arts festival we are excited to share some moments from last week with you. ✨

Processions with Okwui Okpokwasili & Emily AEyer welcomed observers and participants to a slow walk from Rockefeller Park to the river.

Presented by Kamau Ware of Black Gotham Experience and architect Rodney Leon, As Above So Below engaged its participants in a series of walking tours and podcasts that explore the impact of the African Diaspora on the establishment and development of NYC. There are two more tours left this week!

Land of the Blacks, an essay by artist/historian/BGX Founder Kamau Ware, that describes the erased presence of Black landowners in NYC before it was New York is now available on LMCC.net

Visitors at The Clemente joined us for an intimate experience with esperanza spalding, fellow songwrights, researchers, and mentors at Songwrights Apothecary Lab, a live installation where they created original music. The space will be open for the final “shareback” session tomorrow on June 22 in which the public will be welcomed and able to experience the lab.

Womxn in Windows, a multi-part video installation that focuses on the confluence of culture and society in an exploration of female identity was viewed by many at The Seaport and is still screened 24/7 throughout windows and storefronts until June 27.

For the upcoming walking tours, podcasts, exhibitions, and film screenings: https://lmcc.net/river-to-river-festival/

Photos from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's post
06/21/2021

Photos from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's post

Presented in partnership with Battery Park City Authority and curated in collaboration with Movement Research, Processio...
06/20/2021

Presented in partnership with Battery Park City Authority and curated in collaboration with Movement Research, Processions with Okwui Okpokwasili begins TODAY on June 20 at 7:30 pm at Rockefeller Park!

Processions is a series of three outdoor processionals in areas around Battery Park City engaging some of the most interesting choreographers in New York.

Processions is currently sold out, but we welcome walk-ups! Be sure to arrive early to join the standby line.

Stay tuned for The Illustrious Blacks performance next Friday, on June 25. https://lmcc.net/river-to-river-festival/processions/

Image credit:
Photo by Michael Avedon

Presented in partnership with Battery Park City Authority and curated in collaboration with Movement Research, Processions with Okwui Okpokwasili begins TODAY on June 20 at 7:30 pm at Rockefeller Park!

Processions is a series of three outdoor processionals in areas around Battery Park City engaging some of the most interesting choreographers in New York.

Processions is currently sold out, but we welcome walk-ups! Be sure to arrive early to join the standby line.

Stay tuned for The Illustrious Blacks performance next Friday, on June 25. https://lmcc.net/river-to-river-festival/processions/

Image credit:
Photo by Michael Avedon

LMCC honors Juneteenth with upcoming River To River events ⭐⭐ The Stranger, a film written, directed, and shot by Damon ...
06/18/2021

LMCC honors Juneteenth with upcoming River To River events ⭐

⭐ The Stranger, a film written, directed, and shot by Damon Davis, shares a stranger's journey to a homeland that he has never visited and reveals the complex relationship between Black Diaspora and the continental African people. On view now through June 27 exclusively on LMCC.net/R2R/damon-davis

⭐ Glimpse into the mind of jazz icon Wayne Shorter in the film WS, a longer super nova, directed by Arthur Jafa. RSVP for digital streaming of the film on June 19 and 26 at 3 pm, and June 24 at 8 pm, exclusively on LMCC.net/R2R/arthur-jafa

⭐ Join us at 7:30 pm on Sunday, June 20, as we move together with Okwui Okpokwasili, who will lead us in an outdoor participatory processional in Rockefeller Park.

⭐ Presented by Kamau Ware of Black Gotham Experience and architect Rodney Leon, As Above So Below encompasses a series of walking tours and podcasts that explore the impact of the African Diaspora on the establishment and development of NYC.

Visit https://lmcc.net/river-to-river-festival/ for more information!

Photos from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's post
06/17/2021

Photos from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's post

Select a date for a digital screening of WS, a longer super nova directed by Arthur Jafa streaming online on June 17, an...
06/17/2021

Select a date for a digital screening of WS, a longer super nova directed by Arthur Jafa streaming online on June 17, and 24 at 8pm; June 19 and 26 at 3pm, exclusively on LMCC.net!

Jafa records an ongoing and intimately wild conversation between Mestre Shorter and brilliantly inspired Jazz force esperanza spalding. The conversation takes place in the eclectic home of Shorter’s friend, architect Frank Gehry.

RSVP for the digital screenings: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/river-to-river-festival-2021-digital-screenings-ws-a-longer-super-nova-tickets-156772931057

Presented in partnership with The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center and The Broad Stage

Image credit:
Photo by Paula Lobo

Select a date for a digital screening of WS, a longer super nova directed by Arthur Jafa streaming online on June 17, and 24 at 8pm; June 19 and 26 at 3pm, exclusively on LMCC.net!

Jafa records an ongoing and intimately wild conversation between Mestre Shorter and brilliantly inspired Jazz force esperanza spalding. The conversation takes place in the eclectic home of Shorter’s friend, architect Frank Gehry.

RSVP for the digital screenings: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/river-to-river-festival-2021-digital-screenings-ws-a-longer-super-nova-tickets-156772931057

Presented in partnership with The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center and The Broad Stage

Image credit:
Photo by Paula Lobo

The Arts Center at Governors Island is officially open!The 2021 Season at #LMCCArtsCenter features exhibitions Meg Webst...
06/16/2021

The Arts Center at Governors Island is officially open!

The 2021 Season at #LMCCArtsCenter features exhibitions Meg Webster and Onyedika Chuke, as well as a participatory sculpture by Muna Malik. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Onyedika Chuke: The Forever Museum Archive_Circa 6000 BCE is presented in partnership with @pioneerworks.

Meg Webster: Wave is underwritten by @ugg.

Make a reservation to join us at #LMCCArtsCenter at Governors Island: https://lmcc.net/lmcc-arts-center-at-governors-island/visit/

Image credits:
Meg Webster: Wave. Photo by David Gonsier

The Arts Center at Governors Island is officially open!

The 2021 Season at #LMCCArtsCenter features exhibitions Meg Webster and Onyedika Chuke, as well as a participatory sculpture by Muna Malik. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Onyedika Chuke: The Forever Museum Archive_Circa 6000 BCE is presented in partnership with @pioneerworks.

Meg Webster: Wave is underwritten by @ugg.

Make a reservation to join us at #LMCCArtsCenter at Governors Island: https://lmcc.net/lmcc-arts-center-at-governors-island/visit/

Image credits:
Meg Webster: Wave. Photo by David Gonsier

06/15/2021

Starting today through June 27, you can view Womxn in Windows, a multi-part video installation that focuses on the confluence of culture and society in an exploration of female identity.

As part of the River to River Festival, Womxn in Windows presents the work of five female-identifying artists; placing videos in the windows and storefronts of Lower Manhattan.

Screened 24 hours a day, see locations below:

192 Front Street
A Ritual of Sisterhood, 2018 - Rikkí Wright

193 Front Street
Generational Gravity, 2020 - Christine Yuan
Fu**ed Like A Star, 2018 - Stefani Saintonge

10 Fulton Street
Phiran Walli (A Girl Who Walks), 2019 - Jasdeep Kang
Flor de Azalea, 2017 - Jazmin Garcia

1 Fulton Street
All of the above films are repeated at this location.

To learn more about the festival events visit: https://lmcc.net/river-to-river-festival/

Photos from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's post
06/15/2021

Photos from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's post

Thank you all for joining us at #R2R21 opening events! Here are some highlights ⭐On its first day, the 2021 River To Riv...
06/14/2021

Thank you all for joining us at #R2R21 opening events! Here are some highlights ⭐

On its first day, the 2021 River To River Festival presented a film by Arthur Jafa honoring the great jazz legend, Wayne Shorter! esperanza spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington and Leo Genovese came together to celebrate Shorter with a lovely performance at The Clemente.

As part of A Day at the Arts Center of the festival, we were excited to see our #LMCCArtsCenterArtists 2021 cohort at Open Studios come together and celebrate this special day with us.

A Day at The Arts Center, site-specific exhibitions by Meg Webster, Onyedika Chuke, and Muna Malik were also presented for the first time to the public as well as Processions with Miguel Gutierrez.

Visit https://lmcc.net/river-to-river-festival/ to join us at the #R2R21 festival or to visit the exhibitions at The Arts Center!

Calling All NYC-based Artists! Applications are now open for City Artist Corps Grants.We are proud to be a partner for #...
06/14/2021
City Artist Corps Grants - NYFA

Calling All NYC-based Artists! Applications are now open for City Artist Corps Grants.

We are proud to be a partner for #CityArtistCorps which will support NYC-based working artists with one-time $5,000 grants to more than 3,000 artists to help them sustain their practice! Artists working in any discipline are eligible to apply.

City Artist Corps Grants offers one-time $5,000 artist grants that will deliver arts programming in New York City this summer.

RIVER TO RIVER - TONIGHT ! Processions with Miguel Gutierrez at 7:30PM - Registration will take place at Teardrop Park S...
06/13/2021

RIVER TO RIVER - TONIGHT ! Processions with Miguel Gutierrez at 7:30PM - Registration will take place at Teardrop Park South at Murray Street between River Terrace and North End Ave

Photo by Marley Trigg Stewart

RIVER TO RIVER - TONIGHT ! Processions with Miguel Gutierrez at 7:30PM - Registration will take place at Teardrop Park South at Murray Street between River Terrace and North End Ave

Photo by Marley Trigg Stewart

Come by #LMCCArtsCenter at @GovernorsIsland to add your own origami boat to Muna Malik’s Blessing of the Boats, an inter...
06/13/2021

Come by #LMCCArtsCenter at @GovernorsIsland to add your own origami boat to Muna Malik’s Blessing of the Boats, an interactive sculpture that seeks to foster collective empathy and action through individual engagement!

Muna Malik’s Blessing of The Boats invites all of us to thoughtfully consider our role as individuals within our greater community. “We have an opportunity to set sail towards a new future—what society would you build and how do we get there?”

Share your vision for a more just, sustainable, and equitable future. #LMCCArtsCenter will be open through October 31, Thursday–Sunday, 12–5 pm. Make your reservation: https://lmcc.net/lmcc-arts-center-at-governors-island/visit/

Image credit:
Blessing of the Boats, Photos by Muna Malik.

#LMCCArtsCenter Artist Series  · Ryan Moritz, a filmmaker and composer focusing on the interrelations between species, n...
06/12/2021

#LMCCArtsCenter Artist Series · Ryan Moritz, a filmmaker and composer focusing on the interrelations between species, nature, and a transforming environment.

Ryan Moritz explores received ecological, social, and political perspectives, reconstructing them into new narratives that imagine other associations and futures.

In 2019, he was supported by the New York City Audubon Society to write and perform an opera commenting on the importance of bird and biodiversity to ecological and planetary health.

Get to know our #LMCCArtsCenterArtists at Open Studios as part of A Day at the Arts Center today from 12-5 pm: https://lmcc.net/lmcc-arts-center-at-governors-island/visit/

Image credits:
Courtesy of the artist

The Arts Center at Governors Island officially opens tomorrow, Saturday, June 12!The 2021 Season at #LMCCArtsCenter begi...
06/11/2021

The Arts Center at Governors Island officially opens tomorrow, Saturday, June 12!

The 2021 Season at #LMCCArtsCenter begins with exhibitions Meg Webster and Onyedika Chuke, a participatory sculpture by Muna Malik.

As part of River To River 2021, enjoy A Day at the Arts Center! Learn more about our 2021 LMCC's Arts Center artists-in-residence at Open Studios and view The Stranger, a film by Damon Davis.

Make a reservation to join us at #LMCCArtsCenter: https://lmcc.net/lmcc-arts-center-at-governors-island/visit/

Image credits:
Photo by David Sundberg/Esto

The Arts Center at Governors Island officially opens tomorrow, Saturday, June 12!

The 2021 Season at #LMCCArtsCenter begins with exhibitions Meg Webster and Onyedika Chuke, a participatory sculpture by Muna Malik.

As part of River To River 2021, enjoy A Day at the Arts Center! Learn more about our 2021 LMCC's Arts Center artists-in-residence at Open Studios and view The Stranger, a film by Damon Davis.

Make a reservation to join us at #LMCCArtsCenter: https://lmcc.net/lmcc-arts-center-at-governors-island/visit/

Image credits:
Photo by David Sundberg/Esto

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