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

2019 Grants

Aaron Davis Hall, Inc. dba Harlem Stage
$100,000 (over two years)
To help support the development and initial implementation of a five-year strategic plan

Bronx Children's Museum
$125,000 (over two years)
To help the Bronx Children's Museum achieve institutional readiness, open its permanent home, and successfully operate as a museum “with and without” walls during its first year

The Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, Inc.
$50,000
To continue the Expanding Audiences initiative, providing Staten Island cultural organizations with professional development to expand their capacity to work with underserved populations; racial equity training; and resources to help implement related projects

Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, a project of Dance Works, Inc.
$50,000 (over two years)
To support member organizations and address issues affecting artist communities and cultural organizations in Downtown Brooklyn

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
$100,000 (over fifteen months)
To support the Museum's 150th Anniversary activities, with a particular focus on the marketing and communications components and programming that help to ensure the Museum's reach with a broad range of audiences

The Museum of the City of New York, Inc.
$250,000 (over two years)
Divided as follows, $200,000 to help build capacity following a strategic plan and a one-time special contribution of $50,000 to support the exhibition, New York Shopping:  Invention and Reinvention

The New York Botanical Garden
$50,000
To help support the expansion of Edible Academy programming, including planning efforts to develop partnerships with afterschool providers

The New York Community Trust
$150,000 (over three years)
To help support the Mosaic Network and Fund, a funder collaborative created to foster greater racial equity within the NYC arts ecosystem through support to arts groups that are led by, created for, and accountable to African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American people

New York Hall of Science
$130,000 (over 26 months)
To build capacity to develop and design exhibits that embody its Design, Make, Play approach to STEM learning

The New York Public Library
$85,000
To support NYPL's Early Literacy Initiative

Orchestra of St. Luke's/St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Inc.
$80,000 (over two years)
To support the creation and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan, in advance of OSL’s approaching 50th anniversary, that provides a roadmap for bolstering artistry, increasing organizational capacity, and strengthening the Orchestra’s ability to serve diverse audiences

Queens Council on the Arts, Inc.
$50,000
To help provide capacity building support for marketing and communications initiatives in advance of its move to a new location

Queens Museum of Art (dba Queens Museum)
$85,000
To renew support for the New New Yorkers arts and literacy initiative for recent adult immigrants

Sphinx Organization, Inc.
$30,000
To support and grow the capacity, sustainability, and impact on its New York partnerships and programming

Visual Arts Research and Resource Center Relating to the Caribbean dba Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
$50,000 (over fifteen months)
To help support capacity building priorities, including institutional rebranding;  business development efforts; board revitalization; and the expansion of school engagement programs