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 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

2008 Grants

The 52nd Street Project, Inc.
To help support NEW PLATFORMS, a creative and theatrical arts initiative

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc.
To help support the High School Fellowship Program and the Ailey Athletic Boys Scholarship Program

Ballet Tech Foundation, Inc.
To help support Ballet Tech's program of preprofessional dance training for underserved youth

Brooklyn Academy of Music, Inc.
To help support the BAM Intern Program

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Corporation
To help support the Garden Apprentice Program for middle- and high-school youth

Brooklyn Children's Museum
$350,000 (over four years)
To help support PlayNet, a new research, training, implementation, and evaluation initiative focusing on the benefits of play and play facilitation for early childhood development

Center for Family Life in Sunset Park
To help support the Center's Life Lines Community Arts Project

The CityKids Foundation, Inc.
To help support the CityKids Rep performing arts program for inner-city youth

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
To help support the Saturday Outreach Programs

Downtown Community Television Center, Inc.
To help support PRO-TV, which provides professional media training to inner-city youth

Educational Video Center
To help support the YO-TV (Youth Organizers-TV) pre-professional documentary filmmaking program

Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center/Lucy Moses School for Music & Dance
$80,000 (over two years)
To help support pre-professional music classes for talented, underserved students in the Young People's Division

Figure Skating in Harlem, Inc.
To help support the sports and academic program

Groundswell Community Mural Project, Inc.
To help support the Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship Program

International Center of Photography
$150,000 (over two years)
To help expand the Teen Academy Program

The InterSchool Orchestras of New York, Inc.
To help support the ISO Scholarship, Financial Aid, and Partnership Programs

New York Youth Symphony, Inc.
To help support the Symphony's work with young people in New York City over the next two years

Peter Westbrook Foundation, Inc.
To help strengthen the Academic Enrichment Program

Pratt Institute
To help support the Design Initiative for Community Empowerment (DICE) program, which prepares underserved Brooklyn high school students to pursue career and advanced educational opportunities in design

Publicolor, Inc.
To help support the COLOR Club and Next Steps programs

Staten Island Children's Museum
To help support the Museum Ambassador Program and the Museum Internship Program

TADA! Theatre and Dance Alliance, Inc.
To help support the Resident Youth Ensemble theater training and youth development program

Third Street Music School Settlement
To help support the Comprehensive Training in Music program over the next two years

The Young People's Chorus of New York City, Inc.
To help support the after school choral music education and performance program