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.


Announcing Request for Proposals for COVID-19-related Arts & Mental Health Program

New program will support organizations that use the arts to address mental health challenges in communities disproportionately affected by the COVID 19 pandemic in New York City


Unveiling The Spirit of Sea View

Jan 13, 2021: Enjoy a video about the unveiling of The Spirit of Sea View, the final mural of New York City Health + Hospitals 2020 Community Mural Project. Although the celebration was delayed by the pandemic, the Sea View staff and guests from NYC H+H, the Illumination Fund and the Staten Island community celebrated the mural with an unveiling and small gathering.


Announcing the expansion of the Community Murals Project

Harlem World, March 23, 2021: New York City NYC Health + Hospitals’ Arts in Medicine program today announced the third group of artists that will lead community-based mural projects at nine facilities. The artists, chosen from 131 applications, will engage patients, staff, and local community...


Community Access to Present “Changing Minds Young Filmmaker Festival” Virtually on April 9

  Amidst the pandemic and heightened concerns over wellbeing, young people challenge the stigma surrounding mental health needs in original short films Shadille Estepan of Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation to Moderate Filmmaker Q&A   (New York, NY)—Community Access, a New York City-based mental...


Watch a 5-borough virtual tour of the Community Murals Project hosted by Untapped New York

On Jan 12th, Untapped New York’s Insiders featured a virtual tour of the New York City Health + Hospitals Community Mural Project and an inside look at H+H’s art collection, a New York jewel that includes more than 3,000 works located throughout the City’s public hospital system.


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.



Healthy Food & Community Change

Healthy Food & Community Change was a five-year, $15 million commitment launched in 2013 to catalyze healthy food initiatives across New York City by supporting high-impact strategies to increase access, availability, affordability, and knowledge of healthy foods and promote healthy choices.