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92Y Impact Report
2015/16

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Pushing Creative Boundaries

Incubating the next generation of talent: When it comes to the performing arts, 92Y is unafraid to experiment, take risks and invest in new talent and ideas.

Fresh Voices in Choreography: Four Artists Who Are Redefining Dance

This year, 92Y’s Harkness Dance Center Artist in Residence program expanded to welcome four talented new choreographers: Johnnie Cruise Mercer, Netta Yerushalmy, Yin Yue and Adam Barruch, each in their own way pushing the art form forward.

“I’ve been offered opportunity to create … to let imagination run free and allow things to happen on their own course.”

— Yin Yue, 92Y Harkness Artist in Residence

Learn why the Harkness Dance Center is making dance history

Nurturing Tomorrow’s Talent: Recanati-Kaplan Program Fosters Young Artists

92Y is dedicated to fostering the next generation of artistic achievers. Our Recanati-Kaplan Program for Excellence in the Arts awards merit scholarships in art, dance and music to exceptional students, ages 7 to 17, for study at 92Y.

Recanati-Kaplan scholars Olivia Eisenberg, Reba Lee, Mckayla Twiggs, Juliet Tuton, Abigail Houton, Erin Wong and Dashiell Del Barco

“Being a Recanati-Kaplan scholar has not only taught me incredible lessons about music and my voice; it’s also made me part of an amazing community of fellow young artists.”

— Mckayla Twiggs, age 12, Middle School 104, 7th grade

Sharing Excellence with the World

Using technology to create real, lasting connections: Our programming is reaching more people in more ways and in more places than ever before …

“A New Year” — The Song Heard Around the World

92Y’s original song of hope and peace for the High Holidays was sung by communities from New York to Krakow to Sao Paolo and quickly went viral, amassing more than 5.7 million views and 131,000 shares in 150+ countries.

“If you’re a Jewish institution, you’d better be breaking down walls and reaching across boundaries.”

— Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein

“A New Year” Song & Video

5.7M Views

131,000 Shares

150+ Countries

“I am not Jewish and don’t need to be to love the message and beauty of this video.”

“Shows what a contemporary approach to Judaism can do.”

High Holiday Services Livestream

44,000 Livestream Views • 80 Countries

35 Years of Excellence for Families

92Y’s Parenting Center is the first center of its kind and regarded as one of the strongest programs in the country. Now we’re sharing our expertise with organizations worldwide, including Hour Children, which helps incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women successfully rejoin the community, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where we help employees who are new parents.

The 92Y Parenting Center staff

92Y Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact

Innovating Today for a Better World Tomorrow

We built an innovation center so we could experiment, take risks and meet the demands of a fast-changing world.

#GivingTuesday 2016

In 2016, the global day of giving founded by 92Y celebrated its fifth anniversary — reaching more countries and galvanizing more people and organizations than ever.

Women in Power: A Fellowship for Rising Leaders

Equal pay. Access to the highest level of leadership. A better workplace culture for all. 92Y’s Women in Power program offers 21 high-potential fellows one-on-one peer support, mentorship, networking events, training and coaching from industry leaders. The program comes at no cost to fellows, but the expectation is that they use what they’ve learned to create a better workplace culture for everyone.

“I connected with powerful, smart women across sectors. The mentors’ and other fellows’ support is invaluable, and I now feel so much more confident in my ability to continue to move up in my industry.”

— Janna Oberdorf, vice president of strategic communications, Echoing Green

Extraordinary Women Awards

92Y is dedicated to empowering more girls and women to achieve full participation in all aspects of life. From arts education programs in NYC public schools to the Women in Power fellowship for rising executives, we provide opportunity and inspiration at every stage of life. In November 2016, we created a new awards platform to honor the extraordinary women in our community.

Learn about the extraordinary women in the 92Y community

Creating Moments of Connection

Forming the essence of community: No matter how far and wide we take our programming, we never lose sight of the simple magic of human connection.

A Helping Hand for a Family in Need

When Afghan native Andeisha Farid discovered that her 2-year-old daughter, Nehal, was born deaf, the entire 92Y community was there to help!

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“I don’t have family here, and the support I receive from the Y feels like family. It’s about the connection, and we are blessed we have found that here.”

— Andeisha Farid

Watch Nehal hear her mom for the first time.

Meeting of the Moms

Parenting Center moms Jennifer Maloni, Lauren Camerini, Alison Frost, Jinny Dao, Rebekah Hunker and Kiera Johnson not only bonded with their babies in the Parenting Center’s New Mother, New Baby class, an eight-week support group for new moms; they’ve bonded with each other and have since become close friends.

Opening the Door to Life’s Possibilities

At every stage of life, growth and learning never stop at 92Y.

Camp: Not Just Fun, Lessons for Life

92Y’s essential mission to welcome and serve people of all backgrounds is reflected in its many summer camp programs. “We’re guided by a new inclusiveness approach, making our special-needs programs part of Camp Yomi as opposed to being self-contained,” says Lauren Wexler, director of 92Y Camps. “The goal is for kids with special needs to feel much more a part of things; at the same time, kids in Camp Yomi will learn what it means to be more inclusive and mindful of differences around them.”

“I can honestly say Camp Yomi had more of an impact on me than high school and college. It’s what made me realize I wanted to work with children and teach.”

— Matt Bloom, Camp Yomi counselor and 92Y intern

Helping Seniors Find New Purpose

Can the door to life’s possibilities open even wider in one’s senior years? If you ask members at 92Y’s Himan Brown Senior Program, which has over 60 weekly programs and world-class teachers and professional staff, the answer is a resounding yes!

Watch how our senior members are living life to the fullest

“Just because you grow old doesn’t mean you have to stop growing.”

— Maxine Kahn, a Himan Brown member since 2013

Reaching Out …

Revealing the artist within: We harness the unique power of the arts to educate children.

92Y Educational Outreach Grows

With a critical mission to bring arts education to NYC public schools in need, 92Y’s Center for Educational Outreach now serves more than 81 schools and 18,000 students annually. This year, the center launched a brand new hip-hop-focused curriculum and Dance Introduction Series that’s helping kids reach higher.

“Our partnership with 92Y gives our students exposure to the arts and supports our S.T.E.A.M. initiative. All this would not have been possible without 92Y.”

— Joe Mattina, principal, P. S. 23, Brooklyn, NY

Photo credit: Michael Priest Photography

The new Dance Introduction Series at 92Y

Watch how 92Y Educational Outreach brings the best of 92Y arts and S.T.E.A.M. education to NYC schools in need

See 92Y’s new hip-hop curriculum in action

Connecting People to the Arts, Ideas and Inspiration

Whether in our concert hall, in our classrooms or online, we give people the opportunity to connect with each other and to that which interests them most — enabling them to lead fuller lives.

“To meet with fellow knowledge seekers and hear pioneering thinkers of our day speak — oh, I am so grateful! Thank you for all that you do!”

— 92Y Talks attendee

Seeing Music: A Bold Intersection of Sight and Sound

The Seeing Music Festival convened visual artists and acclaimed musicians in unprecedented collaborations. An interactive performance of Bach’s Art of Fugue — played by the Brentano String Quartet, with a 92Y-commissioned installation by Gabriel Calatrava, operated by dancers choreographed by 92Y’s John-Mario Sevilla, was the highlight. “The result is something simple, yet complex — just as Bach would’ve wanted,” said Wired. Seeing Music represents 92Y’s commitment to bridging creative disciplines and experimenting to create adventurous programs.

Financial Impact

Fiscal 2016 / July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016

Your Impact at a Glance

Your support sustains vital programs that serve every member of the 92Y community by:

Providing over $1M in scholarships for children and adults in need

Bringing the best of 92Y arts and S.T.E.A.M. education to over 81 NYC public schools and 18,000 students, including a new Dance Introduction Series

Giving people new ways to connect with Jewish life and culture no matter where they are

Supporting and developing emerging performing artists with programs

Enabling us to produce vital talks and readings that enlighten, inform and delight

Helping us create innovative initiatives like #GivingTuesday, the Social Good Summit and Women in Power that fuel progress and social good

Keeping our programs affordable or free for seniors and underserved populations

Ticket sales and program fees cover only two-thirds of our costs — we rely on friends like you to sustain what you love about 92Y.

A community defined by a million moments of connection …
Every one of them made possible only with your support!
Thank you!