Lower Manhattan Cultural Council


Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond. In 2017, LMCC will present more than 60 days of free arts and cultural experiences – including the flagship River To River Festival – which engage more than 100,000 audience members; host more than 100 artists in its residency programs; award more than $650,000 in grants to artists and small arts organizations; and provide artists with valuable professional development opportunities. The combination of LMCC’s investment in individual artists and small arts groups, a robust network of partners in the public and private sectors, and an integrated approach to fostering local neighborhood efforts, aims to spark public imagination as well as inspire personal attachment and investment in NYC’s communities.

Partner Programming at Pier 42:

In addition to the Paths To Pier 42 partnership projects, LMCC has worked with the following performing artists at Pier 42:

JENNIFER MONSON / ILAND: In July 2014, choreographer Jennifer Monson and LMCC offered a series of themed, interdisciplinary workshops that brought together a range of practitioners in the Lower East Side, ranging from arts to science to community organizing, to initiate collaborative thinking about the waterfront in relation to the diverse practices and cultural traditions alive in the area. The workshops informed the development of three interdisciplinary residencies in 2015 that generated public engagement and research to help shape the our relationship to the waterfront and influence future public programming on Pier 42 and the nearby Pier 35.

luciana achugar: In 2014, choreographer luciana achugar developed a public space intervention called The Pleasure Project. The work questions the role that public space and communal gatherings have in society, created from a practice of pleasurable, simple being in bodies in order to ‘unsocialize’ the self and normative social behavior and get closer to an essential, utopian-animal-natural state.

FAYE DRISCOLL: In 2014-15, choreographer Faye Driscoll and her company developed the second iteration in a series of works entitled Thank You For Coming, which heightens how we experience ourselves in relation to other bodies, other stories, and the spaces we all inhabit. Driscoll will focus on the ritual of storytelling, bringing it to the forefront of a physically-driven dance-play which investigates how we rely on stories to relate to one another and to form identities, as individuals and as citizens.