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

2020 Grants

ArtsPool, a project of Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, Inc.
Divided as follows: $50,000 to support ArtsPool's efforts to fully roll out two new, more flexible and affordable services and $50,000 to help ArtsPool to establish an operating reserve fund

The Billie Holiday Theatre, Inc.
$150,000 (over two years)
To support the continued expansion and integration of education programs and the creation of a comprehensive platform that connects individuals at multiple life stages to world-class art making and creative expression

Community-Word Project (CWP)
$70,000 (over two years)
To support the professional development of teaching artists through the Teaching Artist Project (TAP) and the TAP Cohort

Jazz at Lincoln Center, Inc.
To help support the Middle School Jazz Academy

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Inc.
To continue the implementation of its first comprehensive strategic plan, with a focus on developing collaborative partnerships, providing training and mentorship opportunities to underserved communities, and increasing visibility in New York City

Queens Museum of Art (dba Queens Museum)
$75,000 (over fifteen months)
To support New New Yorkers, an ongoing arts and literacy initiative for recent adult immigrants, including adaptations to online and in-person programming

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
$25,000 (over eighteen months)
To support the development of a new strategic plan