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.
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

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
To support NYPL's Early Literacy Initiative

Queens Council on the Arts, Inc.
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)
To renew support for the New New Yorkers arts and literacy initiative for recent adult immigrants

Sphinx Organization, Inc.
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