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 positive youth development among underserved youth through engagement in arts, cultural, and other unique programs that provide sequential opportunities to participate over an extended period of time.

Results Sought:

  1. Significantly increase mastery of program-specific competencies and developmentally appropriate life skills
  2. Prepare participants to transition successfully to post-secondary and/or professional opportunities, including employment in the creative economy

2012 Grants

Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, Inc.
$150,000 (over two years)
To help support the Choral Music Education and Performance Program, and provide a capacity building grant to help develop their Artistic and Audience Development Initiative

Center for Family Life in Sunset Park
To help support the Center's Life Lines Community Arts project for underserved youth

The CityKids Foundation, Inc.
To help support the CityKids performing arts program for inner-city youth

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
To help support the Saturday and Outreach Programs for New York City public high school students

Coro New York Leadership Center
As a final grant to help support Exploring Leadership, a program to promote meaningful civic leadership among inner-city high school youth

Downtown Community Television Center, Inc.
$90,000 (over two years)
To help support PRO-TV, which provides professional media training to inner-city youth

Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center/Lucy Moses School for Music & Dance
To support need-based scholarships and community outreach programs for Young People's Division students who come from low-income families in underserved communities (over 18 months)

Groundswell Community Mural Project, Inc.
To help support afterschool and summer programming for underserved youth

Hunts Point Alliance for Children
To help support HPAC's academic Youth Development Initiative

Jazz at Lincoln Center, Inc.
To help support and expand the Middle School Jazz Academy for young people from underserved communities

Peter Westbrook Foundation, Inc.
$40,000 (over 15 months)
To help support the Academic Enrichment Program

Publicolor, Inc.
To help support the COLOR Club, Next Steps, and Summer Design Studio programs

Riverdale Neighborhood House, Inc.
To help support the Youth Internship Program

Row New York, Inc.
$80,000 (over two years)
To provide general operating support for rowing and academic programs in New York City

Staten Island Children's Museum
To help support the Museum Intern and Ambassador Program

StreetSquash, Inc.
$60,000 (over two years)
To help support the College Access and Beyond Program

The Young People's Chorus of New York City, Inc.
To help support the after-school choral music education and performance program