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

2016 Grants

Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, Inc.
$150,000 (over two years)
To support the Choral Music Education and Performance Program and launch a School Management and Communications Initiative

Center for Family Life in Sunset Park
To help support positive growth and the development of underserved youth in Sunset Park through the acquisition of pre-professional arts skills in the Life Lines Community Arts Project afterschool and summer arts program

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

Downtown Community Television Center, Inc.
$90,000 (over two years)
To support DCTV's free long-term intensive media arts training for underserved NYC youth

Groundswell Community Mural Project, Inc.
To help support afterschool programs and summer intensives, which provide underserved and economically disadvantaged youth the opportunity to create public art within their communities and develop 21st century skills

Harlem RBI, Inc. dba DREAM
To continue the organization's services in East Harlem and the South Bronx, including efforts to strengthen its high-school and college access programming

Hudson River Community Sailing
To strengthen engagement in and outcomes from its Youth Development Programs by building counseling capacity

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

New Heights Youth, Inc.
To help support College Bound, a year-round high school and college preparatory program

Peter Westbrook Foundation, Inc.
To help support fencing and academic enrichment programs

Queens Council on the Arts, Inc.
$50,000 (over two years)
To help support the High School to Art School (HS2AS) initiative

Row New York, Inc.
$120,000 (over two years)
To provide general operating support for rowing and academic programs in New York City

Woodlawn Conservancy, Inc.
$80,000 (over two years)
To help support the Woodlawn Cemetery training program in stone masonry and historic preservation