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

2012 Grants

ArtsConnection, Inc.
To help support the Take 5 and the Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) programs

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 continue the development of 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

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

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
To help support the HD in the Libraries one-year feasibility study

Mama Foundation for the Arts, Inc.
$40,000 (over two years)
As a final grant to help support the Gospel for Teens program

Mark Morris Dance Group/Discalced Inc.
To help support the Dance for PD program for individuals living with Parkinson's disease

Mark Morris Dance Group/Discalced Inc.
To help support the Dance for Parkinson's program

New York Hall of Science
To support early childhood program initiatives and to strengthen community outreach aimed at increasing participation by families in surrounding multi-ethnic Queens communities

The New York Public Library
$300,000 (over three years)
To provide general support for activities reaching New York City's most underserved communities

The Queens Borough Public Library
As a special one-time contribution to QBPL as it responds to the needs of families in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and restores library services in affected south Queens branch libraries

Queens Museum of Art
$325,000 (over 3 yrs)
To help support Art and Literacy for New New Yorkers, plan for the nation's first-ever public library in an art museum, and implement Collaborative Action Research assessment results to improve teaching practice and enhance student impact

Third Street Music School Settlement
To help support the Comprehensive Training in Music Program

Young Audiences New York, Inc.
As a final grant to help support the FamilyLink program for families in underserved communities