The Downtown Dinner 2014

It is our pleasure to invite you to celebrate Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) at The Downtown Dinner 2014 on Monday, May 19, at the Conrad New York.

The Downtown Dinner 2014 is redesigned + reimagined, and promises to be a sensational, not-to-be-missed event celebrating LMCC. We look forward to recognizing those who make our work possible and the artists who have the power to create sustainable, vibrant communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond. We’re mixing it up this year with a new venue and event format, so be prepared to expect the unexpected! The Conrad — which boasts world-class art installations and features exclusive catering by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events — appeals to art lovers and foodies alike. Add captivating light and sculptural installations and singular pop-up performances, and The Downtown Dinner is sure to ignite your senses and imagination.

At the Dinner, we will celebrate a significant opportunity for LMCC: the recently announced expansion of LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, which has served more than 250 artists and arts groups and reached more than 41,000 visitors since opening in 2010. With gallery and exhibition spaces, a café, artist studios and collaborative working areas, a multipurpose classroom, and a comprehensive calendar of year-round cultural and educational programming, the expanded Arts Center will act as an artistic, cultural, and social hub for Governors Island.

On this occasion, we are delighted to honor The Trust for Governors Island for helping make our work on the Island possible. As the lead force behind the vision for the Island’s activities, the Trust has transformed the Island into a vibrant resource and urban oasis for the City’s residents and visitors, with an increasingly dynamic mix of activities.

We will also honor the Trisha Brown Dance Company, founded by the inimitable choreographer Trisha Brown, for their work in contemporary dance, opera, and visual art and long-standing ties to Downtown. The company exemplifies our belief that artists have the power to catalyze vitality and vibrancy in the communities where they work, particularly through cross-sector partnerships that strengthen our cultural eco-system.

The Downtown Dinner is not only a celebration; it is also one of LMCC’s most significant fundraising tools, raising more than $900,000 in general operating funds annually. Each year, thanks to this essential support, LMCC is able to empower an estimated 1,000 artists and arts professionals and more than 550 small arts organizations by providing them with networks, resources, and support so that they can create vibrant sustainable communities.

To make your reservation or donation, complete the enclosed Reservation form or contact Maureen McMahon at or 212.219.9401 x101. Your response by March 19 will ensure your name is included on the invitation.

Thank you for your support and for your shared commitment to artists and cultural development in Lower Manhattan and throughout New York City. We look forward to seeing you on May 19!

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