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 2017

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

Baryshnikov Arts Center
$100,000 (over two years)
To help provide capacity building support for board and fund development and community engagement

BRIC Arts \ Media \ Brklyn, Inc.
$50,000 (over two years)
To provide capacity building support for the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance to further the organization’s impact in the areas of advocacy, member services, and strengthening the cultural infrastructure of Downtown Brooklyn

Bronx Children's Museum
$100,000 (over two years)
To help support the Bronx Children's Museum as it moves from the pre-launch stage to the actual opening of its completed facility in the former Old Terminal Market Powerhouse

Columbia University in the City of New York/Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
To complete a three-year capacity building project to create the Wallach Network of leading Manhattanville artists and community stakeholders and develop, pilot, implement, and begin to assess community-based arts and educational programming in the Wallach Gallery's new West Harlem location

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
$225,000 (over three years)
To provide capacity building support to help the Cooper Hewitt to expand and deepen its design education programming for underserved audiences in New York City

The Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To provide training in audience and professional development (including marketing, diversity, program development, fundraising, and community building) for Staten Island-based arts organizations to help them reach underserved audiences, including those not usually engaged with the arts

Dance Theatre of Harlem, Inc.
To provide capacity building support for Dance Theater of Harlem as it approaches its 50th Anniversary

The Museum of the City of New York, Inc.
$200,000 (over two years)
To provide capacity building support in the areas of development and marketing and communications

The New York Public Library
To support programs and services at NYPL’s Adult Learning Centers (ALCs), including free English language and literacy instruction and citizenship services for members of New York City’s at-risk immigrant population

NYC Salt, Inc.
$60,000 (over fifteen months)
To provide capacity building support for long-term sustainability and growth in order to connect more low-income, immigrant NYC youth to intensive high-quality pre-professional arts instruction and post-secondary and career opportunities in photography

Orchestra of St. Luke's/St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Inc.
To help strengthen the programming and support the strategic growth of the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s, an intensive after-school instrumental learning program in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To provide capacity building support to help develop and implement the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s first comprehensive strategic plan

The Queens Borough Public Library
To provide support for two of the Queens Borough Public Library's most crucial programs: Kickoff to Kindergarten (K2K) and English for Speakers of Other Languages ( ESOL)

Queens Museum of Art (dba Queens Museum)
To renew support for the Museum’s New New Yorkers arts and literacy initiative

Sphinx Organization, Inc.
To support and expand the capacity and sustainability of the Sphinx Organization's New York partnerships, programming, and impact

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 2017

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc.
$60,000 (over two years)
To support The Ailey School Scholarship Program and The Ailey Athletic Boys Program

Ballet Tech Foundation, Inc.
To help support citywide auditions for public elementary school children and provide tuition-free ballet training, from beginner to pre-professional level, for students from underserved backgrounds

Beam Center Inc.
To help support the expansion of the BeamWorks Youth Apprentices program

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Corporation
$100,000 (over two years)
To help support the Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) over two years as it works to achieve youth development goals, integrate a new College Prep program, and introduce program improvements

Center for Family Life in Sunset Park
To help support the positive growth and development of underserved youth in Sunset Park through the acquisition of pre-professional arts skills in Life Lines Community Arts Project

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
To support the Saturday and Outreach Programs

Figure Skating in Harlem, Inc.
$120,000 (over two years)
To support academic, leadership, and skating programs for low-income New York City girls over two years, and to help achieve capacity-building goals in fundraising and operations in the second phase of the grant period

Groundswell Community Mural Project, Inc.
To underwrite the afterschool programs and summer intensives, which provide youth the opportunity to create public art within their communities and develop 21st-century Skills, and to help support the completion of a strategic plan

Harlem RBI, Inc. dba DREAM
$150,000 (over two years)
To help ensure that out-of-school programs in East Harlem and the South Bronx continue to provide academic support and college access services to elementary, middle school, high school, and college students

Hudson River Community Sailing
To strengthen engagement in and outcomes from its Youth Development Programs

Jazz at Lincoln Center, Inc.
To help support the Middle School Jazz Academy and continue work with MSJA alumni

New Heights Youth, Inc.
To help support College Bound, a year-round high school and college preparatory program serving student-athletes in grades 4-12, and Career Assist, a college completion initiative

Peter Westbrook Foundation, Inc.
To provide program support for this youth development program anchored by the sport of fencing

Publicolor, Inc.
$90,000 (over two years)
To help support the COLOR Club, Next Steps, and Summer Design Studio programs

Rocking the Boat, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To provide general operating support for this youth development organization that offers dynamic educational activities to middle school, high school, and college-aged young people and their communities in the South Bronx

Roundabout Theatre Company, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To help create pathways for young adults into technical theatre training, professional mentorships, and employment

Staten Island Children's Museum
To help support the Museum Intern and Ambassador Program for teens