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

2014 Grants

Amigos del Museo del Barrio, Inc.
To provide capacity building support for El Museo's education programs and services, including the new initiative, 'The Curious Life'

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 for talented low-income youth, 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.
To continue and expand BAM's three-year evaluation initiative, in partnership with the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, to measure and ensure the effectiveness of BAM Education programming

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

The Harlem School of the Arts, Inc.
To provide capacity building support

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 support Phase 2 of the 'Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings', designed to bring digitally streamed Lincoln Center performance content to library branches in all five boroughs

The New York Botanical Garden
$175,000 (over two years)
To help support the Children's Education program

Orchestra of St. Luke's/St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Inc.
To help support and expand the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's, an immersive music program for children and youth from underserved backgrounds

The Queens Borough Public Library
To help build capacity and provide support for Kickoff to Kindergarten (K2K) and English for Speakers of Others Languages (ESOL)

Third Street Music School Settlement
$90,000 (over two years)
To provide capacity-building support, focused on the Ensemble Development and Performance Initiative, and related visibility and fundraising goals

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