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

2011 Grants

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc.
$90,000 (over three years)
To help support the Ailey School Scholarship Program and the Ailey Athletic Boys Program

ArtsConnection, Inc.
To help support the Take 5 and the Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) programs

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Corporation
$100,000 (over two years)
To help support the Garden Apprentice Program for middle and high school youth

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

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

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
To help support the Saturday Outreach Programs for New York City public high school students

Coro New York Leadership Center
To help support Exploring Leadership, a program to promote meaningful civic leadership among inner-city high school youth

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

Education Through Music, Inc.
$75,000 (over two years)
To help support the hiring of a new staff member responsible for managing evaluation activities

Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center/Lucy Moses School for Music & Dance
To help support high-quality music classes for underserved students in the Young People's Division

Figure Skating in Harlem, Inc.
$80,000 (over two years)
To provide general support to this sports and academic program

Groundswell Community Mural Project, Inc.
To help support afterschool programs for underserved youth

Jazz at Lincoln Center, Inc.
To help support the Middle School Jazz Academy for young people from underserved communities

New Heights Youth, Inc.
$70,000 (over two years)
To help support the College Bound Program

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

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

Queens Council on the Arts, Inc.
$40,000 (over two years)
To help support the High School to Art School (HS2AS) initiative

Riverdale Neighborhood House, Inc.
To help support the Youth Internship Program

Rocking the Boat, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To provide general support to this youth development organization

Row New York, Inc.
To help support the Empowerment through Rowing and Academics (ERA) Program for girls and young women in New York City

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

StreetSquash, Inc.
To help support the College Access and Beyond Program

Third Street Music School Settlement
To help support the Comprehensive Training in Music Program

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