When we think of lower Manhattan, often, the financial district comes to mind. A place dried up culturally. But that’s not the case, as the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is working on bringing to life a new arts center on Governors Island, which is opening this September. They also recently held their annual fundraising gala, The Downtown Dinner, where over 500 cultural and business leaders came together to honor directors, artists and writers with awards (some of which were pink replicas of the Statue of Liberty). Liana Finck (Writing), Kaneza Schaal (Performing Arts) and Kamau Ware (Visual Arts) won awards. The event also had a performance by four-time Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding, as well as a silent auction featuring artworks by the Guerrilla Girls and Kenneth Tam. There is culture in lower Manhattan, you just have to go looking for it.
Photos by Whitney Browne and Ian Douglas