On February 27, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council ( LMCC) announced that it will award over $500,000 to 186 artists and to encourage the creation of over 224 arts projects in Manhattan.

Of these awards 68 grants will be given to Upper Manhattan art projects, while 84 will go to Midtown Manhattan projects and 72 to Lower Manhattan’s ones.

Delivered through LMCC’s three core programs, which are the Fund for Creative Communities, the Manhattan Community Arts Fund ( MCAF), and creative curricula, these grants will be to encourage the main artistic disciplines such as dance, literature, media/new media, music theatre and visual art and many others.

Sam Miller, President of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, said in a press release :

“LMCC believes in connecting and facilitating relationships between artists and their local communities, and we have seen the essential role of the arts in sustaining vibrancy in neighborhoods. Together, these artists and organizations will reach over 300,000 people borough-wide this year with projects that can have a profoundly transformative effect on the communities that they are working in.”

For more information, visit www.LMCC.net