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Access to the arts

Building Livable Communities

The arts make communities better places to live by bringing people together to learn and share.

MetLife Foundation is committed to providing access to the arts via community-level programming that engages individuals of all ages, backgrounds and cultures.

MetLife Foundation Arts Connects All initiative 
Recognizes and supports arts programs that provide access and inclusion for students with disabilities. With VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, MetLife Foundation awards grants to cultural groups that partner with public schools, using the arts to develop students' social, cognitive and artistic skills in inclusive learning environments. See website

MetLife Foundation Museum and Community Connections program 
Encourages art museums across the United States to reach out to people of all ages and backgrounds through imaginative programs and exhibits that promote understanding and appreciation of each other and our world.

More Programs
MetLife Foundation/Arts Presenters Awards for Arts Access Collapsed Expanded

Recognize performing arts venues that have consistently encouraged the participation of older adults, immigrants, people with disabilities and underserved communities. See website

Musical Connections Collapsed Expanded

Brings free music performances and songwriting workshops to health care settings, senior centers and homeless shelters across New York City. Part of Carnegie Hall's Education and Community outreach, the program stresses participant engagement, diversity and artistic excellence. See website

Pacific Science Center Science Cafes Collapsed Expanded

Bring scientists and the general public face-to-face in neighborhood cafes and pubs for educational conversations focusing on current research. See website

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) Smithsonian Community Grants

Support museums engaging local audiences through public education programming in conjunction with SITES exhibitions. The grants, up to $5,000, enable venues to enhance current offerings or create a new program suited to the topic of the SITES exhibition, such as family days, lecture/film series, community outreach or workshops/classes. In its sixth year, the program has awarded organizations in 42 states serving more than 3 million people.