Strengthen the Arts | New York Community Trust | New York, NY
You’ve got to have art! That’s why we support affordable spaces to make art, expand arts audiences, develop the talent of historically underrepresented artists, and improve arts education in public schools. Join us.
Art for All
Art for All
We help the arts thrive throughout New York. Here, a grantee produces shows to get kids accustomed to being theater patrons. Photo courtesy of Ma-Yi Theater Company

Residents of neighborhoods abuzz with culture and art are healthier, better educated, and safer than those with fewer creative resources. We’ve helped:

  • Start a program that allows dance groups to use spaces on several CUNY campuses for rehearsals and performances.
  • Transform a former school building into affordable, live-work spaces for artists.
  • Bring Staten Island arts groups together for capacity-building and marketing workshops.
Teachers as Artists
Teachers as Artists
We supported the Fund for Public Schools' training of thousands of Pre-K teachers to integrate art into their daily lessons.

Art helps children think critically, solve problems, and prepare for jobs that demand creativity. We’ve helped:

  • Provide more than 1,000 pre-K teachers with intensive arts training.
  • Create a fellowship program that helps talented young people launch careers in dance, theater, photography, and music.
LGBT History
LGBT History
We helped the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project create a rich online resource documenting this once-hidden history.

We encourage the restoration of historic places that represent significant and overlooked aspects of City history, with an emphasis on preservation in low-income neighborhoods and boroughs outside of Manhattan. We’ve helped:

  • Adapt the historic Tobacco Warehouse in Dumbo, Brooklyn, for use as a theater.
  • Convert a historic East Harlem firehouse into headquarters for the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.
  • Expand education programs at Weeksville Heritage Center, the site of the second-largest free African-American community in pre-Civil War America.