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 2021

Aaron Davis Hall, Inc. dba Harlem Stage
$150,000 (over two years)
To help support the continued implementation of its strategic plan

ArtsPool, a project of Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, Inc.
To help maintain its services to 25+ arts and cultural member organizations in the areas of finance, workforce administration, and compliance

Beam Center Inc.
To support STEM-focused youth programming at Beam 107GI, a year-round experiential learning center and fabrication lab on Governors Island

Bronx Children's Museum
$110,000 (over two years)
To help the Bronx Children's Museum achieve institutional readiness, open its own building, and operate successfully during its first year as a museum “with and without” walls

Casita Maria Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To support Casita Maria's integrated Creative Arts and arts education programming

Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, a project of Dance Works, Inc.
$50,000 (over two years)
To support member organizations and address issues affecting artist communities and cultural organizations in Downtown Brooklyn

DreamYard Project, Inc.
To provide professional development training and coaching to help NYC educators and school administrators use the arts to center racial equity in their curricula, school procedures, policies and practices

New York City Arts in Education Roundtable
To provide capacity building support

The New York Community Trust (Mosaic Network and Fund)
$300,000 (over three years)
For the Mosaic Network and Fund

Queens Museum of Art (dba Queens Museum)
To support New New Yorkers—an arts and literacy initiative for recent adult immigrants

Society for the Preservation of WEEKSVILLE and Bedford-Stuyvesant History
To provide capacity building support to help implement essential technological and information management upgrades

SoHarlem, Inc.
$80,000 (over two years)
To help support the adaptation and implementation of its strategic plan

Visual Arts Research and Resource Center Relating to the Caribbean dba Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
$160,000 (over two years)
To help support field-building within the arts sector and among practitioners through the expansion of its Institute for Racial and Social Justice and related internal capacity building

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 2021

ArtsConnection, Inc.
To support the Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) program and to provide organizational capacity building support

To support CitySquash’s comprehensive youth development program

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
To support an arts intensive, college-preparatory program for New York City high school students from underserved communities

Jazz at Lincoln Center, Inc.
To support Jazz at Lincoln Center's Middle School Jazz Academy

New Heights Youth, Inc.
To support continued planning and preparation for the launch of expanded youth programming at the Brooklyn Bedford-Union Armory

Queens Council on the Arts, Inc.
To support the High School to Art School portfolio development program

Reel Works Teen Filmmaking
To support MediaMKRS, a public/private partnership to create career pathways for underrepresented young New Yorkers in the city's growing media industry

Roundabout Theatre Company, Inc.
$50,000 (over eighteen months)
To help support the Theatrical Workforce Development Program, a job training and placement program connecting young New Yorkers to careers in the technical theatre trades