The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s “Extended Life” residencies are getting an extension.
The organization announced Sunday that the dance development program, which provides financial and developmental support to midcareer artists, has been newly fortified by a $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which will allow the project’s scope to be expanded. The organization also announced the latest recipients.
The choreographers Nora Chipaumire, Beth Gill, Maria Hassabi, Sarah Michelson, Jennifer Monson, Okwui Okpokwasili, Pam Tanowitz and David Thomson will all receive support, with Ms. Chipaumire, Mr. Thomson, Ms. Gill and Ms. Michelson being given $15,000 a year and residency development space as part of a new branch of the program.
The organization’s executive director of artistic programs, Lili Chopra, explained in a phone interview that the idea behind the new branch is to not only support creative endeavors but also to work with artists to make life in New York City more affordable.
“We are really interested in looking at how artists are working today,” she said, “and how we think about the models in which independent artists — especially ones that are really heavy in research and development — operate today.”
In addition to the artists in the new branch of the program, Ms. Hassabi, Ms. Monson, Ms. Okpokwasili and Ms. Tanowitz will receive studio space, production funds and commissions — services that had previously been part of the residencies.
Keeping the arts and artists vibrant in the city has long been a goal of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, which might be best known for helping to restore the downtown arts scene after the terrorist attacks in 2001. The organization also runs the annual River to River Festival, which this year presented work by Enrico D. Wey, Catherine Galasso and others.