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

2013 Grants

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

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
To help support the Saturday and Outreach Programs for New York City public high school students

Figure Skating in Harlem, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To provide general support for this sports and academic program

Groundswell Community Mural Project, Inc.
To help support afterschool and summer programming for underserved youth and its partnership with College Access: Research and Action

Hunts Point Alliance for Children
To help support HPAC's arts and academics youth development programming, including the addition of a Young Writers Program for high school students

Jazz at Lincoln Center, Inc.
To help support and expand the Middle School Jazz Academy for young people from underserved communities in New York City

Mind-Builders Creative Arts Company, Inc.
To provide this arts education program with a capacity building support for youth development training and further development of its evaluation practices

New Heights Youth, Inc.
To help support the College Bound Program

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

Publicolor, Inc.
$70,000 (over two years)
To help support the COLOR Club, Next Steps, and Summer Design Studio programs

Publicolor, Inc.
To further develop the capacity to define and measure outcomes within Publicolor programs

Queens Council on the Arts, Inc.
To help support the High School to Art School (HS2AS) program

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

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

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

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