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Now in its 16th year, Workspace, one of LMCC's artist programs, is a nine-month studio residency focused on creative process and professional development for emerging visual artists and writers. Through the program's offerings—which include studio space, studio visits, talks and seminars, access to a network of peers, and public programs—Workspace encourages creative production, professional development, and community building in the early stages of an artist's or writer's career. Selected residents are expected to be active in their studio throughout the nine months by using the studio as a space for experimentation and dialogue.
LMCC has been able to address the critical need for affordable studio space in Manhattan by securing and adapting temporarily vacant office space Downtown in partnership with generous real estate owners. Since its inception in 1997 at the World Trade Center, Workspace has provided hundreds of artists and writers with studio space in some of the city's most noted landmarks. Workspace studio locations change frequently, but are always located in Lower Manhattan. (See Past Sessions for locations).
LMCC's Artist Residency Programs are supported, in part, by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Cowles Charitable Trust, F.B. Heron, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, Lambent Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, New York Community Trust, and Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Workspace is supported by the Jerome Foundation.
LMCC's Artist Residency Programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts; and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Make your mark on culture by supporting LMCC! Your gift will allow us continue to fulfill our mission to serve artists and arts audiences Downtown and throughout Manhattan's diverse communities.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been a leading voice for arts and culture Downtown and throughout New York City for 40 years, producing cultural events and promoting the arts through grants, services, advocacy, and cultural development programs.
For a full list of Workspace supporters, please click here.