Current Programs

Founded in 2007 by philanthropist Laurie M. Tisch, the Illumination Fund plays an active role in supporting innovative approaches across a range of issues—ensuring that arts and arts education are accessible to all, promoting health, and creating opportunities for civic engagement. The Illumination Fund focuses its support on New York City.


PIX11 TV News features Preview of Healing Walls book

Oct 25, 2022 - Hospital mural highlighted in Illumination Fund's new book commemorating NYC Health + Hospitals Community Mural Project from 2019 through 2021


New Study released by Gibney on program for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

August, 16, 2022 - Benefits of Dance/Movement Programs on Mental Health and Well-Being in Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. First Randomized, Controlled Trial on the Impact of Movement for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence


Pregones/PRTT’s Abrazo / Embrace Micro-theater project in the Bronx

Sept 2022: Playwright Alejandra Ramos Riera deploys humor and surprise to make difficult and personal subjects more open to consideration and healing.


Art and medicine intersect in New York City hospitals

Aug 17, 2022: PBS NewsHour features NYC Health + Hospitals Arts in Medicine program


New Arts & Mental Health program to serve communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

Grants targeted to use the arts as a vehicle to address mental health challenges and to fight stigma that is a barrier to seeking help.


Healthy Food & Community Change

Building on previous giving to healthy food initiatives such as the NYC Green Carts, in 2013 the Illumination Fund launched its Healthy Food & Community Change initiative, a $15 million, 5-year commitment in New York City.



Arts in Health

In 2018 the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund launched Arts in Health, a $10-million multi-year initiative to support organizations working on health issues that impact New York communities and that utilize the arts as a tool for healing. The Fund is supporting the expansion of programs that work at this intersection, with special attention to increasing access for underserved communities and addressing disparities.




In 2008, the Illumination Fund made Service one of its first focus areas. The Illumination Fund has made grants of approximately $4 million for service-related organizations and initiatives. The Illumination Fund’s Service initiatives included support for a national mobilization and infrastructure, and multiple initiatives in New York City in partnership with City agencies and nonprofits.