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

2014 Grants

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc.
$90,000 (over three years)
To help support the Ailey School Scholarship Program and the Ailey Athletic Boys Program

Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, Inc.
$150,000 (over two years)
To help support the Choral Music Education and Performance Program, and provide capacity building support to help implement further key elements of BYCA's Strategic Plan

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

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

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

Hunts Point Alliance for Children
$75,000 (over two years)
As a final grant to help support HPAC's arts and academic youth development programming

Jazz at Lincoln Center, Inc.
To help provide both direct service and capacity-building support for the Middle School Jazz Academy for young people from underserved communities in New York City

Mind-Builders Creative Arts Company, Inc.
As a final capacity building grant to help Mind-Builders expand its youth development training for staff and refine its evaluation practice

New Heights Youth, Inc.
To help support the College Bound Program

Peter Westbrook Foundation, Inc.
To help support the Academic Enrichment Program

Queens Council on the Arts, Inc.
$50,000 (over two years)
To help support the High School to Art School (HS2AS) initiative

Riverdale Neighborhood House, Inc.
$45,000 (over two years)
As a final grant to help support the Youth Internship Program and its Library Leaders component

Row New York, Inc.
$100,000 (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

The Young People's Chorus of New York City, Inc.
As a final grant to help support the after-school choral music education and performance program, and enhancements in program and organizational infrastructure