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

2009 Grants

ArtsConnection, Inc.
$25,000
To help support High 5’s Take 5 and Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Programs

Ballet Hispanico of New York, Inc.
$25,000
To help support the Ballet Hispanico Scholarship Fund for talented, low-income youth

Ballet Tech Foundation, Inc.
$40,000
To help support Ballet Tech’s program of pre-professional dance training for underserved youth

The Center for Arts Education, Inc.
$25,000
To help support CAE’s public engagement and advocacy initiative to build support for and expand arts education in the schools

City Lights Youth Theatre, Inc.
$20,000
To help support the Core Program and provide scholarship assistance for a high-quality theater education to a diverse group of young people

Cool Culture, Inc.
$25,000
To help support the Literacy Through Culture program, offering professional development to early childhood educators and free access to the arts for families from low-income communities

The Fresh Air Fund, Inc.
$75,000
To help support the Immigrant Outreach Project

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
$50,000
To help support the development and implementation of new evaluation metrics in conjunction with the launch of the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

Mama Foundation for the Arts, Inc.
$20,000
To help support the Gospel for Teens program

Mark Morris Dance Group/Discalced Inc.
$15,000
To help support the Dance for Parkinson’s program and the MMDG/NYCHA Partnership community outreach program

The Museum of the City of New York, Inc.
$75,000
To continue efforts to increase attendance by and outreach to underrepresented communities, particularly through the use of new digital resources

Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
$35,000
To help support the High School Apprenticeship Program

New York Hall of Science
$75,000
To help support the Early Childhood and Family Programs Initiatives

Queens Museum of Art
$125,000
To help support Art and Literacy for New New Yorkers program

Young Audiences New York, Inc.
$50,000
To help support the FamilyLink program

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