The Downtown Dinner 2013
On behalf of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)'s Board of Directors, staff, and artists, thank you so much for joining us to celebrate LMCC's 40th anniversary at The Downtown Dinner 2013.
Last night, the City came out in full force for the Dinner. More than 700 corporate, civic, and cultural leaders gathered to show their support for LMCC and to celebrate four decades of visionary cultural initiatives Downtown.
We were absolutely thrilled to celebrate Cherrie Nanninga, our outgoing Board Chair, for her inspired leadership for more than a decade, and Richard Serra for his pioneering contributions to art in the public realm for nearly five decades. We were also honored to recognize LMCC's founders, including Flory Barnett, New York State Council on the Arts, and David Rockefeller, for their individual and collective vision, as well as LaToya Ruby Frazier, Amy Whitaker, and Pavel Zustiak, each of whom has participated in LMCC's programs, for the transformative impressions on the artistic landscape they will continue to make in the years to come.
The participation of numerous other members of the New York community helped make The Downtown Dinner 2013 truly memorable. We'd like to thank our speakers, Laurie Anderson, Aby Rosen, and Mitch Rudin; the evening's artists and performers, including Justin Vivian Bond, Agathe de Bailliencourt, David Kennedy Cutler, Twiggy Pucci Garçon / Sara Jordenö and their performing collaborators, Philip Glass, Melissa Leo, Philippe Petit, J. Ralph, Stephen Petronio Company, and Young People's Chorus of New York City. The evening also featured a silent art auction with work donated by 50 artists who have worked with LMCC over the last 40 years, including Jenny Holzer, Paul Pfeiffer, and Kate Gilmore. We are grateful to all of these participants for contributing their talents and time to make The Downtown Dinner 2013 such an artful and inspiring event!
Each year, The Downtown Dinner is one of LMCC's most significant fundraising tools. All funds raised at The Downtown Dinner 2013, including auction proceeds, provide essential support for LMCC's free programs and services, which provide thousands of artists and arts groups with professional development and studio space opportunities that can transform their careers and engage more than 100,000 Downtown residents, workers, and visitors in dynamic and exciting cultural experiences throughout the neighborhood.
Thank you again for supporting LMCC and our work to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work, and visit Downtown. Here's to the next 40 years!