LOWER MANHATTAN CULTURAL COUNCIL
Advancing Artists, Transforming Audiences, Catalyzing Communities.
Now celebrating its 40th Anniversary year, LMCC remains dedicated to advancing artists, transforming audiences, and catalyzing communities through a suite of programs that include Manhattan Community Arts Grants, Artist Residencies, Professional Development for Artists, and Public Programs.
LMCC believes that visionary cultural initiatives can lead to sustainable community growth and the development in both quantity and quality of opportunities for artists if those initiatives.
- Align with the neighborhood needs;
- Find support from both public and private sectors; and
- Engage cross-sector partnerships.
LMCC recognizes that artists contribute to innovative approaches for rebuilding, re-imagining and revitalizing spaces. As pillars of resilience and activation, the arts are vital to New York City’s social, economic, and environmental sustainability – especially in the wake and face of disasters such as Hurricane Sandy.
LMCC recognizes that the contemporary art sector is driven by a number of key factors including:
- A lack of durational sustainability and resilience both personally and professionally amongst individual artists and small arts organizations.
- A growing focus on “creative place-making” and the role the arts can have on improving broader community vibrancy, attachment and stability at regional, local and hyper-local levels.
- A shared concern for the impact our business, personal, and policy choices have on the environment given the increasing evidence of climate change’s dramatic effects and interest in remediation and preventative measures.
These factors lead us to ask: Can we develop new ways of working with artists, partners, stakeholders and communities to take into consideration during the planning process certain practices that can improve environmental, social and economic circumstances while meeting aesthetic visions?
In pursuit of a sustainable practice, LMCC is developing methods to consider the environmental, social and economic consequence of all programs while examining the roles arts and culture play as change agents in twenty first century cities.
As part of the 2013 River To River Festival, LMCC is hosting a 3-day convening and together with invited guests will be exploring these (and many other) questions and presenting a Framework for Sustainable Cultural Practices.
Learn more about Pivot: Artists, Communities, and Sustainability