Nurturing Creative Expression
Avid art enthusiasts, the Cohens believe viewing art is a cultural right and creating it, an essential part of learning. With that in mind, the Foundation funds arts education programs, underwrites exhibitions, and donates works of art from private collections.
The arts education programs we support help transport low-income students from their schools to local museums, immerse them in making their own artwork, and introduce them to the significant contributions of artists from all around the world. We also invest in capital campaigns to expand galleries, allowing greater public access and a larger capacity to display the work of new and emerging artists.
Given to art programs and museums
Supporting Since: 2008
To-date Funding: $1.1 million
- Funds for educational programs for children, teens, teachers, and families
Supporting Since: 2003
To-date Funding: $3 million
- Support for arts education, bus transportation, and at-risk youth programming
- Construction of a new Education Wing serving 50,000 students each year
Supporting Since: 2007
To-date Funding: $3.9 million
- A multi-year commitment to support museum exhibitions and programming
Installation view of The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection, May 19, 2019–January 27, 2020 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo by Zak Kelley.
Supporting Since: 2007
To-date Funding: $47.6 million
- A multi-year gift toward the museum’s planned expansion and renovation
Installation view of the exhibition "Surrounds: 11 Installations," October 21, 2019 - January 5, 2020. Sou Fujimoto, Sou Fujimoto Architects. Architecture Is Everywhere. 2015. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Supporting Since: 2015
To-date Funding: $555 thousand
- Support for education programs, such as Red Hook Initiative’s after-school STEAM program for middle and high school students
Image courtesy of PioneerWorks. Photo by Ester Segretto.
Supporting Since: 2017
To-date Funding: $175 thousand
- Funds supporting StoryCorps’ mission to capture, share, and archive people’s life stories for the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered
Whitney Museum of American Art
Supporting Since: 2006
To-date Funding: $2.7 million
- Funding for educational programs for underserved communities, including youth and seniors, that reach over 50,000 individuals
K-12 Guided Visit. Image courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art. Photo by Andrew Kist.