LMCC to Present Kevin Burke, Con Edison, Robert R. Douglass and More on 4/23

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In recognition of their leadership in revitalizing Lower Manhattan and laying the foundation for a new Downtown, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) will present Kevin Burke and Con Edison, Robert R. Douglass and the Alliance for Downtown New York, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum architecture and engineering team with Liberty Awards at its annual gala, The Downtown Dinner, at Cipriani Wall Street on April 23.

Each year at The Downtown Dinner, LMCC celebrates exceptional corporate, civic and artistic leaders for their special contributions to the vitality of Lower Manhattan. Funds raised at The Downtown Dinner provide essential support for LMCC’s free arts programs and services, which serve thousands of artists and arts groups, provide free cultural experiences for more than 100,000 New York City residents, workers, and visitors and activate Lower Manhattan’s offices, storefronts, parks and plazas, creating significant economic benefits through increased foot traffic and excitement across the neighborhood.

The full roster of honorees includes:

Kevin Burke and Con Edison for their efforts to get the electrical grid—and all of Downtown—up and running in the days after 9/11, and for their ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life in New York City by providing reliable and sustainable energy and by supporting community partnerships including arts and cultural projects.
Robert R. Douglass and the Alliance for Downtown New York for helping make Lower Manhattan a safe, vibrant and attractive neighborhood for residents, workers and tourists alike.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum architecture and engineering team—Michael Arad (Handel Architects), Davis Brody Bond, Snøhetta, Peter Walker (PWP Landscape Architecture) and their colleagues—who have created a beautiful and moving memorial that has transformed the Downtown landscape.

The Downtown Dinner will also feature performances by Trisha Brown Dance Company, Maria Hassabi and Trinity Choir (conducted by Julian Wachner with music by Nico Muhly) and art installations by Tracey Goodman, Lauren Silberman and Hidemi Takagi.

There will be a silent auction of art works for sale during the evening. The preview of artworks is available now at www.lmcc.net/silentauction.

“This year’s honorees at The Downtown Dinner have all played a pivotal role in both the recovery immediately following 9/11, as well as the revitalization of Lower Manhattan,” said Sam Miller, President of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. “We are delighted to be recognizing the incredible work that these organizations do, and to thank them for their enduring commitment to transforming the landscape of a community that they have been a vital part of for many years. Kevin Burke and Con Edison, Robert R. Douglass and the Alliance for Downtown New York and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum architecture and engineering team have all contributed to a transformation that touches the hearts and minds of not only the residents and workers, but all of the visitors to Downtown from around the world.”

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