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

2011 Grants

Ballet Hispanico of New York, Inc.
To help support its School of Dance and scholarship program for talented and underserved students

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

Bronx Children's Museum
To help provide capacity building funds to complete the pre-site development phase and first year of exhibit and site development for this new children's museum in the Bronx

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

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

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
$170,000 (over two years)
To help support DesignPrep, the Cooper-Hewitt's design education and career preparation program for underserved New York City high school students

International Center of Photography
To support Teen Academy and the advanced-level Imagemakers program

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
To help support the implementation and systematization of a system of evaluation metrics for the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

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

The Museum of the City of New York, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To help support the redesign of the Web site, increase public access to MCNY's online resources, and continue to increase outreach to underrepresented communities through the use of new digital media

Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
As a final grant to help support the High School Apprenticeship Program

The New 42nd Street Inc.
As a final grant to help support the Youth Corps 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 revitalization of Early Childhood programs and exhibits

The Queens Borough Public Library
$450,000 (over three years)
To help support English for Speakers of Other Languages, the Family Literacy Program and the Youth Workforce Development Program

Whitney Museum of American Art
$50,000 (over two years)
To provide capacity building support to help develop and pilot community-based educational programming for the Whitney's new downtown site

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