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

2020 Grants

Beam Center Inc.
To provide general operating support for Beam Center’s work with NYC Youth

To support CitySquash’s comprehensive youth development program

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
To support an arts intensive, college-preparatory program for New York City high school students from underserved communities

Mind-Builders Creative Arts Company, Inc.
$75,000 (over two years)
To provide instructional classes, youth leadership activities, and arts-based crisis intervention programs for children and youth in the Bronx

NYC Salt, Inc.
$130,000 (over two years)
To help support capacity building efforts that advance plans for long-term organizational sustainability and program expansion

Queens Council on the Arts, Inc.
To help support the High School to Art School portfolio development program

Row New York, Inc.
$120,000 (over two years)
For general operating support