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

2015 Grants

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
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 its sports and academic program

Jazz at Lincoln Center, Inc.
To help provide both direct service and capacity-building support for the Middle School Jazz Academy for young people from underserved communities in New York City

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

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

Publicolor, Inc.
$90,000 (over two years)
To help support the COLOR Club, Next Steps and Summer Design Studio programs

Rocking the Boat, Inc.
$112,000 (over two years)
$50,000 each year to provide general operating support for this youth development organization; and an additional $12,000 in the first year to upgrade the current data system, migrate data, and train staff

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