For over 35 years, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) has been the leading arts presenter, advocate, and service provider to artists and arts groups throughout the borough of Manhattan. LMCC was founded in 1973 by forward-looking business and civic leaders, namely David Rockefeller and Flory Barnett, and called the World Trade Center home until 9/11. The Council, which was created shortly after the Twin Towers were built, was originally established to humanize the architecture of the World Trade Center Plaza.
LMCC grew as downtown grew and today we are Manhattan’s largest and farthest-reaching arts council, bringing diverse cultural experiences to new audiences in unexpected ways and serving as a gateway to culture, information, and resources across all five boroughs.
“Art Happens Here” is our motto, and we are deeply committed to the fundamental bonds between art, culture, and the quality of life in New York City.
In 2010, LMCC transformed Building 110 on Governors Island, formerly a historic Army warehouse on the island’s northern shore, into a multi-use arts facility for the development and presentation of new work in the performing and visual arts. Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island houses 20 visual artist studios, 2 rehearsal studios, and an exhibition space, all with sweeping views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor. Artists-in-residence are offered a retreat-style experience just minutes from the city and audiences gain unique access to New York City’s newest cultural destination.
During LMCC’s first season at Governors Island in 2010, we served more than 40 visual artists and 13 performing arts groups in-residence, held 3 unique exhibitions, 4 major open studio events, 22 performances, and welcomed over 10,000 visitors to Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center.
Join us again in 2011 for open studio events, performances, and exhibitions! Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center is free and open to the public all summer.