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 2015, LMCC will award approximately $500,000 in grants, provide 500 individuals with professional development skills and access to business leaders and arts professionals, place 100 individuals and arts groups in our studio residency programs, as well as present over 60 days of free cultural experiences for the public to enjoy. The combination of LMCC’s investment in individual artists and small arts groups, our robust network of partners in the public and private sectors, and our integrated approach to fostering local neighborhood efforts, aims to spark public imagination as well as inspire personal attachment and investment in NYC’s communities.


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 will offer a series of themed, interdisciplinary workshops
that will bring 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 will inform the development of three interdisciplinary residencies in 2015 that will generate 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 is developing a public space intervention called The Pleasure Project. The work questions the role that public space and communal gatherings have in our society, created from a practice of being in the pleasure of simply being in our bodies in order to ‘unsocialize’ ourselves and our normative social behavior to get closer to our essential, utopian-animal-natural state.

FAYE DRISCOLL: In 2014-15, choreographer Faye Driscoll and her company are developing 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.