Offered in 2014 & 2015, LMCC’s Art & Resilience was a series designed to help artists build continuity and resilience into their artistic and business practices, and professional relationships. This sequential workshop series covered three important areas of business practice that have taken on greater urgency for many artists since Superstorm Sandy: Recordkeeping, Insurance, and Legal Issues.



Initiated in 2010, Artists Summer Institute (ASI) was an annually recurring five-day intensive professional development opportunity for artists. The program, created and developed in partnership between LMCC and Creative Capital, brought together both organizations’ programs to provide more comprehensive, arts-focused training, tools, and advice to help put artists on a path to greater sustainability and self-sufficiency.

Participants gained access to arts-focused professional training in the areas of strategic planning, verbal communications, marketing and promotion, internet optimization, financial management, and business planning.

Over six years, the program served over 300 of New York City’s artists. LMCC is grateful for Creative Capital’s partnership.



Initiated in 2008, LMCC’s Basic Finance for Artists (BFA) series was an annually recurring free, six-week intensive seminar on personal finance, developed to help artists make informed financial decisions and plans over the long term. Participants gathered essential personal financial information, gained a better understanding of their overall financial profile, developed skills in money management, identified their goals, connected with experienced financial and arts professionals, and accessed resources for ongoing learning.

Although this program is no longer offered as a stand-alone series, the findings and contents are being used to develop new programming to address the financial and business planning needs of emerging to mid-career artists. Please join the mailing list to receive information on our updated roster of professional development offerings when announced.



A two-year program that launched in 2013, Marketing for the Arts (MFA) provided customized training, assessment, and planning support in strategic marketing over a 20-month period to senior management and executives of seven participating arts and cultural organizations with the support of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. LMCC provided a six-session intensive training program to help participants develop detailed organizational marketing and communications plans. Each participating organization subsequently received a grant of $25,000 to support the execution of their plans.


You can reference learning materials from these and other professional development series via our online archive here.


Featured Image Photo Credit: Whitney Browne.