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. Download a PDF of this page.
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.
  • 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.
  • Provide targeted arts education for English language learners.
  • Bring arts groups into public school classrooms and provide after-school programming.
A Van Lier fellow playing the violin.
Fresh Talent
We support fellowships at arts organizations throughout the city, giving young and diverse artists the tools and experience needed to launch their careers. Photo by Ari Mintz for The Trust

We need to ensure students and young people of all backgrounds are given the opportunity to succeed. We’ve helped:

  • Create a fellowship program that assists talented high school students in getting into college, art school, and conservatory training.
  • Support programs that launch the careers of young, diverse dancers, theater artists, photographers, and musicians.
An artist painting from above.
Space for Art
Studio and rehearsal space is expensive. We’ve helped several nonprofits refurbish old schools and libraries to create affordable places for artists to work. Photo courtesy of Kimmi Caban

New York City won’t remain a world-class art destination if artists can’t afford to work or live here. We’ve helped:

  • Plan for the development of a new artist workspace in Jamaica, Queens.
  • Plan the conversion of PS 109 into a live/workspace for artists in East Harlem.
  • Create studios and rehearsal spaces in Williamsburg and Long Island City.
The St. Ann's Warehouse theater
Preserve and Adapt
The Trust has helped creatively preserve and restore our city’s history. Brooklyn’s historic Tobacco Warehouse is now St. Ann’s Warehouse, a performing arts center and community hub.

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.