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Lower Manhattan Cultural Council / Workspace

A nine-month studio residency program that focuses on creative practice development for emerging artists working across all disciplines, LMCC’s Workspace program offers space for experimentation and dialogue with peers and arts professionals, as well as career-advancement opportunities. Workspace encourages creative risk-taking, collaboration, learning and skill-sharing at a critical early stage of an artist’s career and serves between 25 and 30 individuals or collaborative groups annually.

For further information about what is provided to Workspace participants and how the application process works, please read the guidelines on Please note that applications will only be considered if they are complete, on time, and adhere to all guidelines. A complete application includes complete submission of the Online Application AND the Work Sample by the deadline.


New York, New York: United States

Since the program began in 1997, Workspace has provided hundreds of artists and writers with studio space in some of the city’s most noted landmarks including the World Trade Center, the Woolworth Building, and the Equitable Building. Workspace is now one of New York City’s largest and most competitive residency programs for emerging artists of all disciplines. Workspace studio locations change frequently, but all are located in Lower Manhattan.


  • Residency Length: 9 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 20+
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 23
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 1000


  • Artist Status: Emerging Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Workspace is open to emerging artists working in a range of disciplines and genres.

Past Residents & Quotes

Working in a shared space with other writers and artists created the daily opportunity to talk to people also engaged in creative pursuits and habits of the mind. There was a community and collective energy created that centered around our common commitment to art-making, in whatever form.
— Lindsay Cuff, 2009-10 Writer-in-Residence

Facilities & Services

  • Housing:
    Housing is NOT provided
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Studios and public spaces are accessible.
  • Additional studio information: 
    There is access to the studios 24/7. Studios are furnished with a desk and a chair, and equipped with wireless internet access and basic overhead lighting.
  • Other facilities and services: Professional Development: Residents meet as a group once a week, on Tuesday nights, for Salon Evenings. Salon Evenings take different forms: group events like potluck dinners; individual studio visits with arts and literary professionals; workshops on practical issues like taxes, copyright, and grant-writing; as well as artist talks or readings. For a complete list of past guests, please go to Support: Access is provided to Materials for the Arts, Fractured Atlas, and other services and support as available. Public Programs: There are opportunities to present work to the general public including presence on LMCC’s website, Works-in-Progress: Open Studios and an end-of-session Open Studio Weekend. Artists are required to participate in these public programs. Over the past five years more than 15,000 visitors have attended LMCC’s artist residency events.

Residency Fees

There is no fee to apply or attend

Stipends / other support

Studio Space: 24/7 access to a private or semi-private partitioned studio, which may have a fourth wall/door that can be closed, within a larger shared space. Individual studio spaces are approximately 150–300 square feet, equipped with a desk, chair, and basic overhead lighting. Also provided: Electricity and wireless internet Heat and air conditioning seasonally during regular business hours Access to a slop sink and small, personal, storage lockers Please note: Housing is NOT provided There are NO medium- or technique-specific facilities such as a woodshop or media lab Artists must provide their own tools; some restrictions apply It is important to remember that LMCC’s Workspace program operates out of unique, temporarily vacant, minimally adapted commercial space in Lower Manhattan, which has been generously donated to LMCC each year. The Workspace studio location is subject to change each session. Studios are not open to the public, with the exception of planned Open Studio events. Dance Floor & Rehearsal Space (for Performing Artists Only): There is a 20 x 24 foot dance floor in the shared space that is dedicated to use for the research and development of movement-based work. It is not available for large-scale rehearsals and presentations. The floor is open 24/7 and reserved for each performing arts participant for approximately 12–16 hours per week. Access to 2–4 weeks of dedicated rehearsal space off-site, including a 16 x 32 foot dance floor, is also available to performing arts participants. Community Building & Professional Development: A unique aspect of Workspace program is the opportunity to grow both a network of peers, curators, presenters, editors, dramaturgs and other arts professionals working in and around New York City and to share work with new audiences. Salon evenings are required weekly participant meetings on Monday nights that include one-on-one studio visits, professional development workshops, a guest artist lecture series, potluck dinners, and more. Open Studios are required events where the general public is invited to visit your studio and learn more about your process and work. Publicity: Participants are announced annually and listed on LMCC’s website as well as featured on other digital communication channels. Open Studios are promoted as part of LMCC’s calendar of Public Engagement Initiatives. Stipend: A one-time stipend of approximately $1,100 is provided, depending on available funds. (There is NOT a monthly living or housing stipend). Visiting Artist Status (for Visual Artists Only): Workspace participants have the opportunity to apply for visiting artist status at partner institutions to gain access to specialized facilities and resources: Harvestworks: Electronic media courses, reduced-rate technical assistance, lab/studio access. School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Arts Department: Courses, lab/studio access. New York University — LaGuardia Studio: wide-format printing, project design consultation, 3D scanning and printing, courses. Program offerings are subject to change.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Workspace participants make a serious commitment to the program for the entire nine-month session. Workspace participants are expected to utilize the studio actively and consistently (on average artists are in their studios 20–40 hours per week). In addition, regular attendance at Salon Evenings and participation in public programs like Open Studios is required. It is vital to the success of the program that Workspace participants fully take advantage of the unique resources we are able to provide. For this reason, Workspace participants cannot simultaneously participate in another residency, professional development, or degree-granting program while participating in Workspace.

Contact Information

125 Maiden Lane
2nd Floor
New York, New York 10038
United States