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 access to arts and culture for all New Yorkers, with a special focus on people from underserved communities

Results Sought:

  1. Increase sustained engagement and participation of underserved populations in high-quality programming at established arts and cultural organizations
  2. Strengthen the arts infrastructure in the city and build capacity at critical junctures for organizations providing high-quality arts and cultural programming

2008 Grants

Ballet Hispanico of New York, Inc.
To help support the Ballet Hispanico Scholarship Fund for talented, low-income youth

City Lights Youth Theatre, Inc.
To expand the Core Program of high-quality theater education and provide scholarship assistance to a diverse group of young people

Cool Culture, Inc.
To help expand the Literacy Through Culture program

High 5 Tickets to the Arts, Inc.
To help support the Take 5 and Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Programs

Mama Foundation for the Arts, Inc.
To help support the Gospel for Teens vocal instruction program

Mark Morris Dance Group/Discalced Inc.
To help support the Dance for Parkinson's program and the MMDG/NYCHA Partnership community outreach program

The New York Botanical Garden
$300,000 (over three years)
To help support the Children's Education program

New York Hall of Science
To help support and evaluate the Hall's programming and exhibition areas for preschool audiences

The New York Public Library
$1,400,000 (over four years)
To help support the “21st Century Library” campaign and to provide general support

The Queens Borough Public Library
$600,000 (over three years)
To help support the Adult Learner Program and the Youth Workforce Development program

Queens Museum of Art (dba Queens Museum)
To help support Literacy and Art with New New Yorkers

Rubin Museum of Art
To help support and expand early childhood, after school, and community programs

Young Audiences New York, Inc.
To help support the FamilyLink project