Impact Report 2017/18

because of you …

civic dialogue is alive …

innovation is thriving …

the arts are flourishing …

Jewish life has a vital home …

Pictured above: A scene from 92Y’s Theater for Young Audiences’ original production Red Riding Hood: The Musical

A message from our Chair and President & CEO

Empowering Voices, Engaging Minds

92Y is an irreplaceable forum for the exchange of ideas

  • Recanati-Kaplan


    Civic dialogue in action

    Art, fashion, current events, film, politics, food, law, and much more—our talks are reaching farther and wider with more live events, tickets sold and online audiences tuning in than ever before. And with our new XYZ initiative offering innovative programs and experiences for the next generation, we’re encouraging an energetic new community to join the conversation and take an active role in building a stronger community and world.

    This Year:



    97 million

    minutes of online content viewed


    XYZ members
  • Highlights

  • Essential Conversations, Face to Face

    Ben Franklin Circles

    What can a founding father teach us about sparking dialogue and uniting communities today? A collaborative project between 92Y, the Hoover Institution and Citizen University, Ben Franklin Circles equip anyone anywhere with the tools to engage in face-to-face discussions about timely topics, values, ideals and aspirations to improve ourselves, the community and ultimately the world.

    “Conversation clubs, inspired by the Founding Father, have never felt more necessary.”

    The New Yorker
  • Watch Ben Franklin Circles in Action

  • Celebrating Extraordinary Women

    When women get together to support each other, extraordinary things happen. This year, in recognition of those pioneering women leaders who pave the way and inspire us to reach beyond and exceed our potential, 92Y honored four remarkable women at the third annual Extraordinary Women Awards luncheon.

    92Y Extraordinary Women Awards Honorees: Feminist plumber/tradeswoman activist Judaline Cassidy; community and political activist, Susan K. Stern; philanthropist, Sharon Hite; and CEO/Co-Founder, Rent the Runway, Jennifer Hyman.
  • Meet some of the extraordinary women in 92Y’s community

  • History in the Making

    A groundbreaking literary performance celebrating Philip Roth

    Nine extraordinary actors, including Jon Hamm, Maggie Siff, Jennifer Ehle, André Holland and John Turturro, gathered at 92Y this fall for an unprecedented literary event—a staged reading of Philip Roth’s late-career masterpiece The Plot Against America. Conceived in collaboration with Roth himself in the months before his death and adapted expressly for our stage, the event was a testament to the author’s long friendship with 92Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center and a highlight of the center’s 80th anniversary season. Historic moments like these are among the many included in a growing archive of audio and video recordings from the Unterberg Poetry Center’s remarkable history, much of which is currently available on the web.

  • In the green room on October 28, 2018, at a literary performance of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America. L-R: John Turturro, Bernard Schwartz, Elizabeth Marvel, Maggie Siff, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Ehle, André Holland, Arin Arbus, and James Shapiro.

    Visit the Poetry Center archives

Innovating to Change the World

Our programs ignite global movements and open new avenues to the arts

Pictured above: A scene from 92Y’s Theater for Young Audiences’ original production The Velveteen Rabbit

  • Transforming Young Lives Through Music

    92Y’s Concerts Schools Project gives 1,000 public high school students each year firsthand engagement with world-class musicians. Students attend live performances in 92Y’s renowned concerts series, and performing artists visit the participating schools, spending time working personally with the students.

    “Now I tell younger classmates that music can take them wherever they want it to. 92Y’s program changes lives. It changed mine.”

    —Sergio Ramirez, Concerts Schools Project graduate

    Read about how the Concert Schools Project transformed the life of young musician Sergio Ramirez

  • See how music is transforming lives

    Your support brings arts education to:

    • 16,000

      students and teachers


    • 80%

      of NYC school districts


  • Artists in Residence

    Incubating emerging artists

    For decades, 92Y’s Artist in Residence programs, all part of the Gilda and Henry Block School of Arts, have given crucial early support to artists breaking new ground. In 2018 and 2019, we welcomed multimedia and performance artist Shantell Martin, whose roving black and white line drawings are a doorway to an entire universe of boundary-pushing collaboration; choreographers Ephrat Asherie, Alethea Pace, Chuck Wilt and Hee Ra Yoo, who are redefining dance in wildly innovative new directions; and Amsterdam-based jewelry artist Ineke Heerkens, whose ceramic creations transform the metaphysical elements of emotion into concrete, wearable objects.

  • 92Y Harkness Dance Center Artists in Residence Choreographers (L-R) Alethea Pace, Hee Ra Yoo, Ephrat Asherie and Chuck Wilt

Meet three of 92Y’s Artists in Residence

  • Shantell Martin

    Artist in Residence, Visual Arts
  • Ineke Heerkens

    Artist in Residence, Jewelry
  • Hee Ra Yoo

    Artist in Residence, Dance
  • Smartphones and New Creators in Dance

    92Y launches first annual mobile dance film festival

    The next great dance visionary might emerge not on stage, but on screen. That’s the idea behind the 92Y Mobile Dance Film Festival—the first dance festival to present films shot exclusively on mobile devices. In its first year, the festival received submissions from 14 countries.

    “The next wave of dance films, made on your phone, is here”

    The New York Times

    Read the The New York Times review of the 92Y Mobile Dance Film Festive.

  • Watch Festival highlights

  • Inflection

    Concerts raising questions that matter

    Our new concert series merges artists from the fields of music, literature and art. The first production featured the US premiere of East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil, based on the award-winning book by human rights lawyer Philippe Sands, and questioning how two men on opposite sides of humanity could find solace in the same work of art. Other productions this season include the world premiere of Leonardo, a 92Y-commissioned chamber opera centered on Leonardo da Vinci’s lifelong search for the soul.

    “Without the Inventions and Variations Fund for the Arts, we could never take these types of creative risks.”

    —Hanna Arie-Gaifman, Director, 92Y Tisch Center for the Arts
  • Watch highlights from East West Street

  • Waiting in the Wings

    Cultivating the next generation of theater lovers

    Musical theater, with its universal stories, characters and anthems helps us more deeply understand our world and each other. In April, we launched Theater for Young Audiences, a new initiative that develops original theatrical works for children ages 3-11.

    “A two-plus hours production in a Broadway theater is too long and overwhelming for the youngest children. We’re creating brand-new 30-minute works tailored just for kids and staging them professionally in our historic Buttenwieser Hall.”

    —Megan Doyle, director, 92Y Musical Theater
  • A scene from 92Y’s Theater for Young Audiences’ original production The Velveteen Rabbit.

The 92nd Street Y Nursery School

Celebrating 80 years!

Last March, our Nursery School marked its 80th birthday with a celebration benefit at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. And in May, the celebration continued with a specially-curated “Reunion Room” at 92Y’s annual Gala, bringing together classmates and families for an unforgettable evening. Over the course of 80 years, the school has expanded and grown, but our values of learning to care for oneself, one another and the world around us are the same today as the day we were founded. Research shows that the environment of a child’s earliest years has effects that last a lifetime. By laying the foundations for kindness and character, we seek to set young children on a path towards becoming good citizens who make a positive difference in the world.


  • Generosity Beyond Borders

    This year the global movement started by 92Y in 2012 continued to expand its reach. Every week new #GivingTuesday community coalitions start up in the US and abroad, from North Carolina and Alaska to Canada and Russia—all rallying around local causes. Since its inception, we’ve been excited to see #GivingTuesday activity in every corner of the world.

    “At a time when people’s differences can seem so pronounced, #GivingTuesday demonstrates that everyday acts of compassion can spread, inspire, and bring us closer.”

    —Henry Timms, President and CEO, 92Y
    • $380 million+

      raised online in the US alone for nonprofits around the world

      3.6 million+

      total gifts (up 50% over previous year)
    • $105

      average gift size

      $1 billion+

      raised online since inception in the US alone

    See #GivingTuesday 2018 in action

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Expanding the reach and deepening connections to Jewish life and culture

  • From talks that address serious and significant issues facing Jews and all cultures around the world to new programs like Fierce Fridays Shabbat dinners for the LGBTQ community to our Jewish Innovation Fellowship nurturing tomorrow’s leaders, 92Y’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Life is creating meaningful, exciting new ways to make Jewish culture and heritage relatable and relevant to our daily lives.

  • Watch the video that inspired the world!

  • “A New Year” Song & Video

    Original commission by 92Y

    8.3 million



  • High Holidays Services 5779


    livestream views in 125 countries


    people joined in person
  • High Holidays @ Home Facebook group


    members in 43 countries

Top 10 Reasons to Support 92Y

You’re bringing world-class arts education to 16,000 students and teachers in 50+ NYC public schools.

You’re making families stronger and children happier with early childhood programs and the Parenting Center.

You’re supporting new directions in dance and training educators so we can bring the joy of the art form to every child.

You’re providing seniors with community and renewed sense of purpose through more than 60 weekly classes.

You’re nurturing tomorrow’s creators through Artist in Residency programs, and fueling innovations in the arts.

You’re fostering the most dynamic literary community in America.

You’re advancing civic conversation and community education, allowing us to produce hundreds of talks and thousands of classes each year.

You’re creating a home and a vibrant future for Jewish life and the next generation.

You’re fueling social good with programs like #GivingTuesday—founded at 92Y and now a global movement that has raised over $1 billion in online giving.

You’re ensuring the future of this one-of-a-kind place, which at 145 years old remains one of the most innovative cultural and community centers anywhere.

Financial Highlights

Fiscal Year 2018 / July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018

Because of you …

The legacy of this one-of-a-kind place is being secured for generations to come.

Thank you.