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

2017 Grants

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