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

2019 Grants

ArtsConnection, Inc.
$25,000 (over fourteen months)
To support ArtsConnection’s Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC), Take 5, and Teen Advisory Council (TAC) programs

Beam Center Inc.
To support the expansion of Beam's out-of-school-time programming for high school youth

Center for Family Life in Sunset Park
$100,000 (over two years)
To support the positive growth and development of underserved youth in Sunset Park through the Life Lines Community Arts Project

To support CitySquash's comprehensive youth development program

Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership
To support Harlem Lacrosse's High School and Summer Enrichment Programs

Hudson River Community Sailing
To strengthen capacity to expand a second youth development program for middle school students in Inwood and to support college-going alumni

Jazz at Lincoln Center, Inc.
To help support Jazz at Lincoln Center's Youth Programs: the Middle School Jazz Academy and High School Jazz Academy

New Heights Youth, Inc.
$60,000 (over eighteen months)
To support continued planning, capacity-building, and preparation for an anticipated move to the Brooklyn Bedford-Union Armory in 2021

NYC Salt, Inc.
To help support capacity building efforts that advance plans for long-term organizational sustainability and program expansion

Peter Westbrook Foundation, Inc.
To provide program support for this youth development program anchored by the sport of fencing

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

Reel Works Teen Filmmaking
To support MediaMKRS – a badging credentialing platform and consortium of educators, philanthropy, government, employers and labor unions to create pathways for careers for young New Yorkers to join the city’s growing media industry

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Inc. (AKA RISE Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity)
$70,000 (over two years)
To provide capacity building support for the Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity’s Shore Corps Youth Development Program

Rocking the Boat, Inc.
$90,000 (over two years)
To provide general operating support for Rocking the Boat's extensive youth development and community programming in the South Bronx

Roundabout Theatre Company, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To help create pathways for young adults into technical theatre training, professional mentorships, and employment

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