What We Do

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 4,400 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. 

Anstiss Agnew Executive Director of Forestdale, Inc., a local foster agency has said: 

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.

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

Board Chair
Janet M. Kagan

Treasurer
Pamela Sinderbrand

Secretary
Dr. Lenore Cohen, O.D.

Director
Jennifer Bandier
 
Director
Brady H. Funn III

Director
LaVerne Parker, LMSW

Director
Eileen Schein

Director
Linn Tanzman
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*Founder and Executive Director


Culture For One Giving Program

Leadership Circle
(Gifts of $20,000 or more)

The Agnes Varis Trust
Janet and Howard Kagan

Benefactor
(Gifts of $10,000-$19,999)

Jennifer Bandier and Neil Boyarsky
Drs. Lenore and Robert Cohen
Diana and Frederick Elghanayan
The Foster Foundation
Tiffany Herlands
Shelley Lazar
Lizzy and Bryce Markus

Patron
(Gifts of $5,000-$9,999)

Redlich Horwitz Foundation
Toni Haber and Carol Burns

Sponsor
(Gifts of $2,500-$4,999)

Bill Graham Memorial Foundation
Jill and Aaron Fink
Lori and Simon Furie
Patti Hansen Richards
Kathleen Histon Ross and Harvey Ross
Randi Rossignol
Linn Tanzman and Sanford Rosen 
Nancy and Michael Weber

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