LMCC announces this week that current president, Sam Miller, will retire at the end of the year. Having taken the helm of the 42-year-old organization in 2010, Miller has led LMCC through notable expansions in free public programming highlighting a culturally vibrant Lower Manhattan that is inclusive of the East River Waterfront and Governors Island. Under Miller’s leadership, LMCC has grown its capital assets and diversified funding streams to include a robust network of supporters from the public and private sectors. A search committee has been organized to identify Miller’s successor.
“The last five years have been a privilege and delight,” Miller says, “and I look forward to working closely with the board, staff, and next president to ensure a smooth transition for the organization as well as institutional and programmatic continuity for upcoming seasons.” Timur Galen, LMCC Board Chair and Executive Vice President at Related Companies goes on to say, “Under Sam’s leadership, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has very successfully invested in long-standing Downtown relationships at the same time that we have initiated new and important community partnerships—all to ensure a bright future for the organization and the artists and public that we serve.”
“Sam’s leadership has been integral to the revitalization of downtown Manhattan through programs like the River To River Festival, of which American Express is the founding sponsor,” says Timothy J. McClimon, President, American Express Foundation. “We owe him a debt of gratitude for his creative efforts to showcase the vibrancy of Lower Manhattan.”
Miller also continued his expansive career history of a directed and responsive approach to supporting artists at LMCC by championing the organization’s existing Professional Development, Grant and Residency programs, and creating the Extended Life Dance Development program to support choreographers and their projects over the course of several years. “As an LMCC artist-in-residence and participant in the River To River Festival, I have seen Sam’s consistency and commitment to the ongoing understanding and support of numerous artists and their multiple goals and needs,” says Reggie Wilson, Artistic Director of Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group. “His dedication to sharing their ideas and processes and advocating for their artworks with his colleagues and the public is both inspiring and a testament to the value of the cultural life of the City. Sam advocates for the intrinsic value and immense contribution of artists and the work they make. This is priceless.”