The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, joined by New York Governor George E. Pataki and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, announced the selection of a vibrant mix of institutions to be located on the World Trade Center Site. The LMDC Board, at its July 8, 2004 Board Meeting, will determine and offer planning grants to selected institutions. The Joyce International Dance Center, the Freedom Center, the Signature Theatre, and the Drawing Center have all been offered space on the site. In addition to their own programming, the institutions will host other events and organizations such as the Tribeca Film Festival and the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble. Performance spaces, screening rooms, galleries, education programs, and rehearsal spaces will also be made available for community and cultural uses. Over the next approximately six months, the four institutions will work closely with the LMDC to conduct a detailed feasibility analysis of their proposed programming, funding capacity, and space requirements. At the end of this period, LMDC will enter into a formal agreement with these organizations and potentially offer substantial challenge grants to assist with the costs of creating these facilities. Governor George E. Pataki said, "Cultural programming has always been an essential part of rebuilding Lower Manhattan and creating a fitting tribute to all the heroes we lost during the attacks. The addition of these world class cultural institutions at the World Trade Center Site will reaffirm life in the wake of tragedy. These institutions will create a cultural framework around the memorial drawing New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. The vibrant mixture of dance, theatre, and fine arts in one cultural complex will serve as a powerful cultural and economic engine for Lower Manhattan." Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said, "The selection of these institutions is a great step in the revitalization of Lower Manhattan and a significant development in New York's cultural renaissance. Culture is one of New York City's most important industries for our economy, international identity, and future growth. In all five boroughs, New York City's cultural institutions are experiencing a remarkable period of renewal and transformation. And now, after a thorough review and selection process, the World Trade Center Site will be getting four dynamic institutions that reflect the excitement and diversity of New York City, and will energize the surrounding community culturally and economically. I would like to recognize Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin for her leadership on behalf of the City, and thank the LMDC for their work in this important effort that will restore Lower Manhattan as an international center for creativity and innovation." LMDC Chairman John C. Whitehead said, "New York is blessed with the finest non-profit institutions in the world. Selecting from the most dynamic in the performing and fine arts to best fit into the available space at the World Trade Center and serve the future of Lower Manhattan has been a daunting task for everyone involved. We look forward to working with the finalists as they continue to develop their plans, and also hope that many other outstanding cultural institutions will be able to participate in the mix of activities in the years ahead.” LMDC President Kevin M. Rampe said, "The quality and diversity of the programming that will be at the World Trade Center site is a reflection of what we heard from the public concerning the future of the site and a testament to the process we have undertaken. The two-year public process has resulted in a dynamic mix of dramatic, fine, and performing arts institutions that will bring energy and new life to the site. Each of these institutions will be an asset to a community already rich in cultural and historic gems. These established institutions, complemented by a new institution born from the tragic events of September 11th, will serve as a life-affirming tribute to all who we lost that fateful day.” Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, "Today's announcement marks another critical moment in the rebirth of the Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority looks forward to working with our partners at the LMDC and these great institutions to make certain the World Trade Center site will be a center of culture and the arts for downtown, New York City, and the world. And as we continue to meet important milestones under Governor Pataki's leadership, such as the opening of the PATH station and upcoming groundbreaking for the Freedom Tower, we will never forget our heroes, and anticipate the day when we can honor their memory and deeds with a memorial for the ages." LMDC Vice President & Director for Memorial, Cultural & Civic Programs Anita Contini said, "All the organizations that were part of the ICI process contributed to an important dialogue about the role of arts and culture in rebuilding the WTC site. Each of them deserves our thanks. As the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan progresses, we look forward to continuing this dialogue with the remarkable institutions selected and with the public.” New York City Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate Levin said, "New Yorkers can be proud of this exciting combination of cultural venues in Lower Manhattan. Each organization has a distinct and exemplary mission, and together they have the potential to create lasting synergies. In addition to providing superlative programming, these cultural facilities will help transform the neighborhood, advance artistic exploration, and generate economic growth throughout the entire City.” New York State Council on the Arts Chairman Richard Schwartz added, "The World Trade Center site will be the home to appropriate and dignified organizations that will bring exciting entertainment and cultural activities to local and metropolitan area residents as well as visitors from all over the world." The LMDC sees great value in all the 15 short-listed institutions and will continue to explore, in concert with our state, city, and community partners, how the remaining institutions can be a part of the cultural development of Lower Manhattan outside of the World Trade Center site. At the June Board Meeting, the LMDC Board approved a feasibility and planning grant for the 92nd Street Y to explore off-site locations for a community center in Lower Manhattan. The LMDC has also committed to offer assistance to find Lower Manhattan locations for the Children's Museum of the Arts and a satellite of the New York Hall of Science. The process of determining the content and management of the Memorial Center is continuing as part of a separate process. Last week, the LMDC released the Memorial Center Advisory Committee Draft Recommendations. Those recommendations are available on the web at www.RenewNYC.com and are out for public comment until July 1, 2004. Institutions including the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Historical Society, the New York State Museum and Consortium, Project Rebirth, and Sound Portraits Productions/StoryCorps are involved in the planning for the Memorial Center. Sound Portraits Productions/Story Corps was recently awarded a grant by the LMDC for installation and operation of an oral history recording booth at or near the World Trade Center site. A foundation has been established to raise additional funds beyond the committed LMDC funds, for the memorial and cultural facilities on the World Trade Center site. Leadership for the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation is expected to be announced in the upcoming weeks. Process: Beginning in early 2002, the LMDC held over a dozen large-scale p
Additional information on the selected institutions is available on the attached fact-sheets and on the LMDC's website at www.RenewNYC.com.