Changing what it means to "work" in Lower Manhattan

  • 2013 Workspace Open Texts Jenny Zhang speaking / photo: Darial Sneed

  • 2013 Yijun “Pixy” Liao working in her studio / photo: Caroline Vaogen Nelson

  • 2013 Open Studio, guests visiting studio / photo: Caroline Vaogen Nelson

  • 2013 Mina Minov and guest during Open Studio Weekend / photo: Caroline Vaogen Nelson

  • 2013 Claire Sherman hosts guest in her studio / photo: Caroline Vaogen Nelson

  • 2013 actors reading the script of writer-in-residence Pia Wilson / photo: Darial Sneed

  • 2013 Mia Alvarez in her studio during Open Studio Weekend / photo: Caroline Vaogen Nelson

  • 2013 Betsy Fagin and Guest during Workspace Open Texts / photo: Darial Sneed

  • 2013 Guests visiting during Open Studio Weekend / photo: Caroline Vaogen Nelson

Workspace is a nine-month studio residency program for emerging visual artists, performing artists, and writers focused on the creative process and the development of a community of peers and professionals in the field. Adapting and activating temporarily vacant office space downtown, LMCC provides 25–30 artists and arts groups with studio space annually in some of the city’s most noted landmarks. Workspace is committed to being a space for experimentation and dialogue and encourages creative risk-taking, collaboration, learning and skill-sharing at a critical early stage of an artist’s career.

“I needed a peer group and assistance more at this juncture in my career and LMCC propelled me further and allowed me to grow. In 1, 3, 5 or 10 years when my career has fully blossomed I will say it was LMCC.” – Stuart Hawkins, Workspace 2012-13

Please note that we have changed the eligibility guidelines for the 2014–15 Workspace application cycle. Workspace is now open to visual artists, performing artists, and writers. Please read the following information carefully and call or email us with any questions.

Applications & Information Sessions

The call for Workspace 2014–2015 applications is now closed.

We are no longer accepting applications for Workspace 2014-2015. Please sign up for Opportunities for Artists to stay up to date on our other artist opportunities.

To keep up-to-date on this and all LMCC opportunities and events, including applications for residencies, grants, and registration for workshops, please sign up for Artist Opportunities, our monthly email newsletter.

How Workspace Works

LMCC provides the following resources to Workspace participants:

Studio Space: Private or semi-private, within a larger shared space, with 24/7 access. Individual studio spaces are approximately 150–300 square feet, equipped with a desk, chair, and basic overhead lighting. Electricity and wireless internet are provided. Heat and air conditioning are provided seasonally during regular business hours. (Housing is not provided).

Dance Floor & Rehearsal Space (for Performing Artists Only):

There is a 20 x 24 foot dance floor in the shared space that is dedicated to use for the research and development of movement-based work. It is not available for large-scale rehearsals and presentations. The floor is open 24/7 and reserved for each performing arts participant for approximately 12¬–16 hours per week.

Access to 2–4 weeks of dedicated rehearsal space off-site, including a 16 x 32 foot dance floor, is also available to performing arts participants.

Community Building & Professional Development: A unique aspect of Workspace is the opportunity to grow both a network of peers, curators, presenters, editors, dramaturgs and other arts professionals working in and around New York City and to share work with new audiences.
- Salon evenings are required weekly group meetings that include one-on-one studio visits, professional development workshops, artist talks, potluck dinners, and more.
- Open Studios are required events where the general public is invited to visit your studio and to learn more about your process and works-in-progress.

Publicity: Participants are announced annually and listed on LMCC’s website as well as featured on other digital communication channels. Open Studio events are promoted as part of LMCC’s calendar of Public Programs.

Stipend: A one-time stipend of approximately $1,000 is provided, depending on available funds. (There is NOT a monthly living or housing stipend).

Visiting Artist Status (for Visual Artists Only):

Workspace participants have the opportunity to apply for visiting artist status at partner institutions to gain access to specialized facilities and resources.

Harvestworks: Electronic media courses, reduced-rate technical assistance, lab/studio access.

School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Arts Department: Courses, lab/studio access.

New York University — Advanced Media Studio: Inkjet printing, scanning, laser cutting, 3D modeling, courses.

Program offerings are subject to change.

Click here to proceed to the Application Guidelines.

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