Survey: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
Over $1,000,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Multipurpose Space [Amalgam of Multiple Artistic Disciplines]
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
If it’s art in Downtown, it’s probably us...or one of hundreds of artists and organizations we fund, promote and present. From Wall Street to Mulberry, from the Battery to the Bowery, from the East River to the Hudson, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council enlivens the arts downtown. Today, three decades after its founding by David Rockefeller, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council remains at the forefront of Downtown’s cultural vision and serves as the creative hub for connecting residents, tourists, and workers to Lower Manhattan’s vast and vibrant arts community. LMCC sponsors Workspace Residencies and Swing Spaces, which provide free studios for artists in need of creative space and inspiration. Workspace places artists in studios just blocks from Wall Street, changing what it means to “work” in the Financial District.. The Gulf Coast Residency was designed this year specifically for14 displaced Gulf Coast artists. For six months, they could re-build their lives and their careers after Hurricane Katrina. Our Swing Space program offers artists and organizations with temporarily vacant commercial space. Through partnerships with the real estate community, Swing Space currently provides artists with over 75,000 sq ft of space from Canal Street to the South Street Seaport.
Website Link to Mission Statement:
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Founded in 1973 by David Rockefeller, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has risen to be a primary force in downtown arts. Throughout the 70s and 80s, LMCC presented public art projects with the era’s major artists, including Bernard Tschumi, Jackie Ferrara, Jenny Holzer, Mimi Smith, Wendy Clarke, Eric Arctander, Les Levine, John Irving, Wendy Wasserstain and Felix Gonzalez Torres. Though still giving the public multi-disciplinary events, and funding artists with millions of dollars in grant money, LMCC now (since 1997) also gives emerging and more established artists prime studio space in Lower Manhattan. Until the tragedy of September 11, LMCC housed artists in the World Trade Center and provided free programming for its neighbors. Since then, LMCC has been through several relocations and many administrational changes. Under current President Tom Healy, the Council received 9/11 funding and has concentrated on rehabilitating Lower Manhattan. New programs, including Sitelines (free lunchtime dance performances during the summer) and participation in the River to River festival (free performative events throughout summer months), give residents and workers new reason to leave the office and walk around the neighborhood. LMCC has evolved from an organization dedicating to presenting art into one equally focused on motivating artists themselves and helping Lower Manhattan heal.
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History: and
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Regan Grusy
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Tom Healy
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Tara Paone
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
None / Not Applicable
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Are there other threats to your organization? Please describe below.
Part 7.
tech support, drain of staff time, lack of staff, space concerns
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Other Concerns - Please describe below.
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
Materials are with artists LMCC has collaborated with, in the offices of private individuals, in the offices of former presidents etc, and in the collections of organizations we have worked with (including MoMa)
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10b.
10b. Are there conditions of access for scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10c.
10c. How are arrangements made for access to archive?: 
No one has tried yet, but if someone contacted us, we would be happy to copy and mail our materials. Perry Garvin would be the appropriate contact.
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Exhibition or Production Files
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Audiotapes [Any Format]
Oral History, Recordings and / or Transcripts
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Programs of Events
Publication or Merchandise Catalogues
Other Printed Publications
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
File Cabinets
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
1 - 10
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
1 - 10
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
21 - 30
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
1 - 10
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
General Staff
Part 16 / Database
16d. What type of database software is in use?: 
Microsoft Access
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
Manual System (Card File, File Folders)
Electronic (Database, etc.)
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
Controlled Access
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
Standard office heating / air conditioning / humidity controls running during office hours
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
Continue researching
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
that we lost much of our archive in September 11th
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
To document all of our events
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
time and staffing
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
in addition to tracking LMCC, to be a solid representation of recent art
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$7,001 - $10,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$45,001 - $50,000
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
Part 26.
26. Additional information, comments, observations, and questions.: 
We do our best to archive past and current events, and its a general staff issue. Perry Garvin is the main archivist, with help from interns and everyone in the office. He digitilizes all new events, and makes sure that past ones are researched.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Who executed this survey.: 
Lauren McKee
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: