LMCC Open Call for Governors Island Residency Initiative

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

New York, NY 10004


Aug 06, 2020


Aug 03, 2020

About the Initiative
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) is excited to spearhead a new initiative with the Trust for Governors Island (TGI) and numerous Island-based organizations in response to the COVID-19 crisis and its devastating impacts across the NYC cultural landscape. Under the Governors Island Residency Initiative, participating organizations will reposition indoor spaces on the Island historically used for exhibitions and public programming as residencies or work spaces for artists and other members of the City’s cultural community for approximately three months in 2020.

The Governors Island Residency Initiative endeavors to support artists, writers, cultural workers, creative practitioners living and working across New York City’s five boroughs. The Trust, LMCC, and participating organizations will provide eligible individuals free, temporary space to work on the Island. These spaces are programmed on a seasonal basis by a diverse group of New York-based cultural and educational institutions whose programs range from arts and culture to climate science and environmental sustainability. As part of this initiative, beginning July 23, LMCC will launch a separate open call application for available spaces at the Arts Center at Governors Island.

About the LMCC Open Call
LMCC will transition a significant portion of the Arts Center at Governors Island’s facilities to accommodate between 12–15 artists and/or small arts groups as a part of this open call. Please note that this open call is meant specifically to apply for a work space based at LMCC’s Arts Center and not any of the other affiliated organizations’ houses on the Island.

The residency period will begin when relevant safety restrictions allow access to the Island for residency participants and staff, and will continue through the end of the Island’s typical public season.