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

2018 Grants

Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, Inc.
$85,000 (over two years)
To help support and expand A.R.T./New York's programs and services for New York City's Off and Off Off Broadway theatres

American Composers Orchestra, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To provide capacity building support for American Composers Orchestra, as the organization implements its new multi-year Strategic Plan

ArtsConnection, Inc.
To help support ArtsConnection’s Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC), Take 5, and Teen Advisory Council (TAC) programs

ArtsPool, a project of Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To provide capacity building support to help ArtsPool strengthen its operations as it expands the number of nonprofit arts organizations it serves in the areas of finance, workforce administration, and compliance

Children's Museum of Manhattan
$100,000 (over two years)
To help support a two-year capacity building assessment and redesign of CMOM’s business practices related to programming, staff, and community expansion in preparation for the Museum's move to West 96th Street

Community-Word Project (CWP)
$70,000 (over 28 months)
To provide capacity building support to help expand and deepen CWP's program of training, supervised internships, and field building for teaching artists, classroom teachers, and partnering arts organizations working with children and youth in underserved communities

Gina Gibney Dance
$100,000 (over two years)
To provide capacity building support for administrative and financial infrastructure as Gibney expands its space, technology, and programming

The New York Community Trust
$150,000 (over two years)
To help launch the Mosaic Fund, a new donor collaborative supporting arts groups that are led by, created for, and serve African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American people

The New-York Historical Society
$100,000 (over two years)
To implement enhancements identified through the New-York Historical Society's recent evaluation of its educational programming for students and teachers across the New York City metropolitan area, and expand work with targeted audiences

The New York Public Library
To help expand The New York Public Library's Early Literacy Initiative

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 afterschool instrumental learning program in Hell’s Kitchen

Queens Museum of Art (dba Queens Museum)
To renew support for the Museum’s New New Yorkers arts and literacy initiative for recent adult immigrants and help support the Museum’s partnership with the Queens Library

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Inc. (AKA RISE Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity)
To help support the development of a strategic action plan and an organizational development plan

The Shed NYC, Inc.
$125,000 (over eighteen months)
To provide capacity building support for The Shed’s audience development and community engagement strategy

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

The Studio in a School Association, Inc.
$125,000 (over two years)
To build capacity through the new role of the Manager of Curricular Design and Instruction, who will oversee and align curricular frameworks and training practices used both by Studio’s New York City Schools Program and by the Studio Institute