A Profound Commitment to the Arts

Howard Gilman had an extraordinary appreciation for and understanding of the arts. From theatre to folk art, film to opera, Howard was not just a patron, but a hero. He spent a lifetime supporting individual artists and artistic institutions, and he fiercely championed the belief that the arts must be available and accessible for all.

Howard was committed to hundreds of organizations in New York City and around the world, including BAM, the Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Hall, City Center, Glimmerglass Opera, Mark Morris Dance Group, MOMA, the National Dance Institute, and many, many more. When it came to exploring the arts, Howard’s curiosity was limitless.

Today, we honor Howard by concentrating on one area of his sweeping legacy—the performing arts. By funding New York’s most robust, innovative, and promising dance, music, and theatre companies, we hope to further the legendary influence of this remarkable man.

Those of us in the arts are often skating on very thin ice. Howard would discern our insecurities and would provide an almost fatherly reassurance…And in himself and who he was, he was certainly an artist who gave so much of himself to so many of us.—Harvey Lichtenstein, former president of BAM