Cultural Engagement, Youth Development, and the Arts

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

2010 Grants

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