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

2013 Grants

Amigos del Museo del Barrio, Inc.
Divided as follows: $75,000 to help support El Museo del Barrio's non-school Family Programs and Cultural Celebrations; and $35,000 for capacity building during the period of executive transition

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 the need-based scholarship program at the School of Dance and the recruitment and retention of students from underserved communities and/or low-income families

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

Brooklyn Academy of Music, Inc.
$175,000 (over two years)
To provide capacity building support for BAM's Education programming expansion in the Richard B. Fisher Building

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
$150,000 (over two years)
To help support DesignPrep, Cooper-Hewitt's design education and career preparation program for underserved New York City high school students

International Center of Photography
To help support need-based scholarships and the retention and advancement of scholarship recipients in the Teen Academy and advanced-level Imagemakers programs

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
To help launch the Lincoln Center HD in Libraries pilot project

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

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
$150,000 (over three years)
To help bring high-quality arts and cultural activities to underserved K-12 NYC students by training educators across disciplines, integrating new training strategies, and documenting changes in classroom practice

The Museum of the City of New York, Inc.
$200,000 (over two years)
To provide capacity-building support to leverage prior investments in digital technology

New York Hall of Science
To support an effort to deepen ties with local schools, educators, and parents, while continuing community outreach initiatives aimed at increasing participation in NYSCI programs by families in surrounding multi-ethnic communities

Third Street Music School Settlement
To help support increased student engagement in the Comprehensive Training in Music program, improved access to music training for students with the greatest need, and development of a 'core faculty model'

Whitney Museum of American Art
To provide capacity building support to help develop and pilot community-based educational programming for the Whitney's new downtown site