Culture For One organizes and takes a small group of children or a single child living in foster care to experience a theatrical, music, or dance performance or to visit a museum or a company involved in culture. We also provide arts scholarships, workshops, career connections, and creative projects, as well as individual encouragement and support. 

To date, we have provided more than 5,000 children and teens with small group and individual arts opportunities. This includes nearly 1,750 guided excursions and arts scholarships for youth to study at the International Center of Photography, the Arts Students League, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Ailey Extension, among others.

Culture For One works in collaboration with NYC foster care agencies, the first of which has been Forestdale, Inc., located in Queens, New York that annually serves 700 children who have exceptionally challenging lives. Many are unaware of a bigger world and the possibilities beyond their immediate surroundings. 
 

Culture For One is a simple, but powerful idea. It provides opportunities for children to develop their cultural literacy, confidence, creativity, and educational goals. It also narrows the opportunity gap by ensuring that even the most vulnerable and impoverished children experience New York City’s rich cultural life. 

The work of Culture For One is critical to the future development and long-term growth of youth in foster care.  Exposure to the arts is key to assuring them a strong, successful transition to adulthood and freeing them from the intergenerational cycle of foster care, poverty, and hopelessness.  

Providing cultural experiences is a priceless source of inspiration and motivation for these children.
— Anstiss Agnew Executive Director of Forestdale Inc.,

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CULTURE FOR ONE APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Kathleen Cooney Clarke Brings Extensive Experience in Child Welfare, Foster Care, Nonprofit Organization Development and Programming for Underserved Youth

IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 11, 2018

New York, NY – The Board of Directors of Culture For One is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen Cooney Clarke as the organization’s Executive Director. CFO is a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of New York City children in foster care through the power of the arts. Clarke will lead the organization, providing strategic direction, oversight and management to move the organization forward, including expanding community partnerships, building program capacity and fundraising.

Linn Tanzman, a former marketing and communications executive, founded Culture For One in 2010. She was determined to make a difference in the lives of New York City’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children – those in foster care. Tanzman also served as Executive Director. “This milestone in our development represents the accomplishment of a small, dedicated group of caring citizens who came together to help these children, using the arts to connect with and inspire them.  I am excited to welcome Kathleen to Culture For One at this important time in its evolution,” said Tanzman, who will continue to serve CFO as a member of the Board’s Executive Committee. “My job has been to create a sustainable organization, one that will thrive well beyond my tenure as Executive Director. “Kathleen is the perfect leader to take Culture For One to the next level. I look forward to working with her.”

Since its launch, Culture For One has served nearly 6,500 children and young adults ages 18 months to 21 years and older, and it plans to not only increase the number of children it serves annually through its unique arts-driven programming, but to further deepen services to individual youth in care.  The organization uses the arts as a means of exposing them to greater possibilities for their future and encouraging them to aim high.

“We’re exceptionally pleased that Kathleen has taken on this leadership role,” said Janet M. Kagan, Board Chair. “Her years of experience in the nonprofit sector coupled with her broad knowledge and passion for helping underserved youth make her well positioned to lead us going forward.”

Before becoming Director, Clarke was Managing Director at Jeffrey Sobel Consulting where she provided a range of services to non-profits, from organizational strategic planning and fundraising to development of metrics for evaluating organizational and program impact, and major grant development. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Executive Director for Development & External Affairs at Inwood House, a leading non-profit teen pregnancy prevention and teen family support agency serving young people from New York City’s most under-resourced communities. Inwood House merged with Children’s Village in 2016.

“I am thrilled to be joining Culture For One as its Executive Director. I am eager to put my business and nonprofit experience to work to advance Culture For One’s mission and vision of our foster children as young leaders. All of our children should have the opportunity for the self-exploration, discovery and understanding that is unique to experiencing the arts. It is an honor to help empower our children in care to build the skills they need to take on and succeed in whatever role they imagine for themselves in the culture of our City,” Clarke added.

Clarke holds a BA in English from Merrimack College, and is President and a founding member of the Children’s Support Foundation, csfny.org.

About Culture For One

Culture For One is a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered New York City with a mission to transform the lives of New York City children in foster care through the power of the arts. CFO provides opportunities to inspire their creativity, stimulate their intellect, and introduce them to broader possibilities for their future. Through cultural excursions, creative workshops, arts scholarships, and mentoring, CFO nurtures big dreams and encourages higher education and career planning. Exposure to the arts and positive role models help these most vulnerable youth build confidence, life skills, and new interests, as well as improve their academic performance. CFO’s programs deliver sources of motivation that these young people need to thrive.

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about linn tanzman

Founder and Executive Director of Culture For One, Inc.

Linn Tanzman is passionate about working with children in need. Ms. Tanzman forges strategic partnerships with forward-thinking and innovative social services leaders who seek to free urban children from the cycle of foster care, poverty and homelessness. She also uses her entertainment industry and community contacts to secure access and tickets to create engaging cultural excursions. Through her Culture For One program, which she established in 2010, she aims to spread her vision that the arts provides vital opportunities to inspire local underserved children that are key to their development and success as adults. She believes that with small efforts we can each make a big difference - one child at a time. 

Ms. Tanzman works with other leading New York charitable organizations.  Through the Spence-Chapin agency she volunteers as a temporary “Interim Care” provider for infants before they are adopted or returned to their birth mothers.

Recognized as a results-oriented marketing and communications executive in the fields of beauty, fashion, entertainment, magazines, luxury goods, and non-profit, Ms. Tanzman is currently an independent consultant. She has worked with legendary recording artists including the Rolling Stones and leading businesses such as Vogue, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Saks Fifth Avenue, Wenner Media, InStyle and Warner Bros. Records.  She has led numerous high profile charitable events including: “The Beauty of Compassion” for The Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund and U.S. Fund for UNICEF; the American Cancer Society Dream Ball and the National Breast Cancer Coalition Gala.


Board of Directors

Director
Brady H. Funn III

Director
Harold Koda

Director
Eileen Schein

Director
Linn Tanzman*
*Founder and Executive Director

Board Chair
Janet M. Kagan

Treasurer
Pamela Sinderbrand

Secretary
Dr. Lenore Cohen, O.D.

Director
Jennifer Bandier
 

 

CULTURE FOR ONE APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Kathleen Cooney Clarke Brings Extensive Experience in Child Welfare, Foster Care, Nonprofit Organization Development and Programming for Underserved Youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 11, 2018

New York, NY – The Board of Directors of Culture For One is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen Cooney Clarke as the organization’s Executive Director. CFO is a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of New York City children in foster care through the power of the arts. Clarke will lead the organization, providing strategic direction, oversight and management to move the organization forward, including expanding community partnerships, building program capacity and fundraising.

Linn Tanzman, a former marketing and communications executive, founded Culture For One in 2010. She was determined to make a difference in the lives of New York City’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children – those in foster care. Tanzman also served as Executive Director. “This milestone in our development represents the accomplishment of a small, dedicated group of caring citizens who came together to help these children, using the arts to connect with and inspire them.  I am excited to welcome Kathleen to Culture For One at this important time in its evolution,” said Tanzman, who will continue to serve CFO as a member of the Board’s Executive Committee. “My job has been to create a sustainable organization, one that will thrive well beyond my tenure as Executive Director. “Kathleen is the perfect leader to take Culture For One to the next level. I look forward to working with her.”

Since its launch, Culture For One has served nearly 6,500 children and young adults ages 18 months to 21 years and older, and it plans to not only increase the number of children it serves annually through its unique arts-driven programming, but to further deepen services to individual youth in care.  The organization uses the arts as a means of exposing them to greater possibilities for their future and encouraging them to aim high.

“We’re exceptionally pleased that Kathleen has taken on this leadership role,” said Janet M. Kagan, Board Chair. “Her years of experience in the nonprofit sector coupled with her broad knowledge and passion for helping underserved youth make her well positioned to lead us going forward.”

Before becoming Director, Clarke was Managing Director at Jeffrey Sobel Consulting where she provided a range of services to non-profits, from organizational strategic planning and fundraising to development of metrics for evaluating organizational and program impact, and major grant development. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Executive Director for Development & External Affairs at Inwood House, a leading non-profit teen pregnancy prevention and teen family support agency serving young people from New York City’s most under-resourced communities. Inwood House merged with Children’s Village in 2016

“I am thrilled to be joining Culture For One as its Executive Director. I am eager to put my business and nonprofit experience to work to advance Culture For One’s mission and vision of our foster children as young leaders. All of our children should have the opportunity for the self-exploration, discovery and understanding that is unique to experiencing the arts. It is an honor to help empower our children in care to build the skills they need to take on and succeed in whatever role they imagine for themselves in the culture of our City,” Clarke added.

Clarke holds a BA in English from Merrimack College, and is President and a founding member of the Children’s Support Foundation, csfny.org.

 

About Culture For One

Culture For One is a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered New York City with a mission to transform the lives of New York City children in foster care through the power of the arts. CFO provides opportunities to inspire their creativity, stimulate their intellect, and introduce them to broader possibilities for their future. Through cultural excursions, creative workshops, arts scholarships, and mentoring, CFO nurtures big dreams and encourages higher education and career planning. Exposure to the arts and positive role models help these most vulnerable youth build confidence, life skills, and new interests, as well as improve their academic performance. CFO’s programs deliver sources of motivation that these young people need to thrive.