The Foundation has had a longstanding interest in the arts, reflecting Benjamin Altman’s personal commitment and our belief in the essential role that cultural engagement and the arts play in enriching the lives of New Yorkers and creating new avenues of exploration and opportunity for the city’s young people. Given our particular focus on issues of access and inclusion, the Foundation invests in organizations, programs, and projects that achieve results aligned with the objectives outlined below. As a general rule, the programs that we support take place outside of the public schools. Please note that the "Results Sought" reflect the specific outcomes of interest to us.

Promote access to arts and culture for all New Yorkers, with a special focus on people from underserved communities

Results Sought:

  1. Increase sustained engagement and participation of underserved populations in high-quality programming at established arts and cultural organizations
  2. Strengthen the arts infrastructure in the city and build capacity at critical junctures for organizations providing high-quality arts and cultural programming
Grants 2010

Amigos del Museo del Barrio, Inc.
$225,000 (over three years)
To help support El Museo's non-school Family Programs and Cultural Celebrations

ArtsConnection, Inc.
To help support the Take 5 and the Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) programs

Ballet Hispanico of New York, Inc.
To help support the Ballet Hispanico Scholarship Fund for talented and underserved youth

Ballet Tech Foundation, Inc.
To help support Ballet Tech's program of pre-professional dance training for underserved youth

Bronx Children's Museum
To help provide start-up funds to create a children's museum in the Bronx

Brooklyn Academy of Music, Inc.
$275,000 (over three years)
To support the planning, piloting, and implementation of new and expanded education, humanities, and professional development programs in the new Richard B. Fisher Building

The Center for Arts Education, Inc.
To help support CAE's public engagement and advocacy initiative to build support for and expand arts education in the schools

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
To help support the Design Directions design education and career preparation program for underserved New York City high school students

Friends of the High Line, Inc.
To help support the out-of-school activities of High Line Schools & Education, a portfolio of arts-based programs that promote creative environmental engagement

International Center of Photography
To help sustain the Teen Academy and Internship Program at its recently expanded level

Mama Foundation for the Arts, Inc.
To help support the Gospel for Teens program

Mark Morris Dance Group/Discalced Inc.
To help support the Dance for Parkinson's program and the MMDG/NYCHA Partnership community outreach program

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
$150,000 (over three years)
To help bring high-quality arts and cultural activities to underserved K - 12 NYC students by training educators across disciplines, integrating new training strategies, and documenting changes in classroom practice

New York Hall of Science
To help support the Early Childhood and Family Programs Initiatives

Queens Museum of Art (dba Queens Museum)
$150,000 (over sixteen months)
To help support the Art and Literacy for New New Yorkers program and develop an effective means of measuring, tracking, and reporting on the results of this work

Young Audiences New York, Inc.
To help support the FamilyLink program

Promote positive youth development among underserved youth through engagement in arts, cultural, and other unique programs that provide sequential opportunities to participate over an extended period of time.

Results Sought:

  1. Significantly increase mastery of program-specific competencies and developmentally appropriate life skills
  2. Prepare participants to transition successfully to post-secondary and/or professional opportunities, including employment in the creative economy
Grants 2010

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc.
To help support the High School Fellowship Program and the Ailey Athletic Boys Scholarship Program

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Corporation
To help support the Garden Apprentice Program for middle and high school youth

Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, Inc.
$150,000 over two years to help provide high-caliber vocal musical instruction and performance opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds and significantly expand BYCA's artistic and organizational capacity

Center for Family Life in Sunset Park
To help support the Center's Life Lines Community Arts Project for underserved youth

Chess-in-the-Schools Inc.
To help support the College Bound Program

The CityKids Foundation, Inc.
To help support the CityKids performing arts program for inner-city youth

Cool Culture, Inc.
To help support Literacy Through Culture, which offers professional development to early childhood educators and free access to the arts for families from low-income communities, and to help support the development of a performance measurement framework

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
To help support the Saturday Outreach Program for New York City public high school students

Coro New York Leadership Center
To help support Exploring Leadership, a program to promote meaningful civic leadership among inner-city high school youth

Downtown Community Television Center, Inc.
To help support PRO-TV, which provides professional media training to inner-city youth

Education Through Music, Inc.
To help support music education programs in inner-city Catholic schools

Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center/Lucy Moses School for Music & Dance
To help support high-quality music classes for talented, underserved students in the Young People's Division

Figure Skating in Harlem, Inc.
To help support the sports and academic program

Groundswell Community Mural Project, Inc.
To help support afterschool programs for underserved youth

Hunts Point Alliance for Children
To help support HPAC's Career and Education Mentoring Program

Jazz at Lincoln Center, Inc.
To help support the Middle School Jazz Academy for young people from underserved communities

The New 42nd Street Inc.
To help support the Youth Corps Program

Peter Westbrook Foundation, Inc.
To help support the Academic Enrichment Program

Publicolor, Inc.
To renew support for the COLOR Club and Next Steps programs

Queens Council on the Arts, Inc.
To help support the High School to Art School (HS2AS) initiative

Riverdale Neighborhood House, Inc.
To help support the Youth Internship Program and Library Leaders project

Rocking the Boat, Inc.
To help support the Job Skills Apprenticeship Program

Row New York, Inc.
To help support the Empowerment through Rowing and Academics (ERA) Program for girls and young women in New York City

Staten Island Children's Museum
To help support the Museum Internship and Ambassador Program

StreetSquash, Inc.
To help support the College Access and Beyond Program

Third Street Music School Settlement
To help support the Comprehensive Training in Music program

The Young People's Chorus of New York City, Inc.
To help support the after-school choral music education and performance program