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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Mission: HAI provides cultural access through music, dance, theatre and the visual arts, reaching out to the frail elderly, mentally and physically disabled, seriously ill children at health and social service facilities and youth in grades K - 12.


HAI’s On-Site Performance Program schedules over 200 monthly performances of live music, dance and theatre events at health, social service and educational facilities.

This program is made possible by a variety of grants including funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Office of Mental Health, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York City Department of Homeless Services, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development as well as the New York City Department of Education.

Additional support comes from the ASCAP Foundation, which underwrites performances by prominent senior ASCAP composer / performers who share their musical experiences, histories, knowledge and talents with HAI audiences. Music That Heals, a program established by two HAI artists, Kathy Lord and Susan Weber, funds music performances for seriously ill children. The Howard Bayne Fund provides support for cultural opportunities for homeless individuals and families.

HAI’s roster of professional artists is also available for corporate and special events. Booking an HAI artist is another way to support the charitable mission of HAI.

Professional performing artists are selected through an audition process and represent the wide spectrum of cultural communities, including bluegrass, classical, folk, international, rock,  rap, dance (of numerous genres), circus arts, and theatre events.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a performer with HAI for over 20 years. They send us to populations that would never have the chance to hear the quality of music/drama that we can offer. And all of us work there for less than we normally work for, because we believe in their mission. They have struggled for years to serve the under-valued people of this city; the elderly, the homeless, the sick. They are a valuable and needed organization in the City of New York.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HAI is an organization that provides opportunities for individuals with Mental Ilness and MRDD patients and others, who canmot afford to go places like the Movies ,Broadway shows ,Basketball games, etc, without HAI most of these consumers could never afford a ticket to these activities . A lot of these individuals isolates themselves , as a Social Service Worker i do my best to make sure that these consumers utilize all services provided by HAI as part of their Treatment Plan , to Learn Socialization Skills , meet new people, learning how to interact and present themselves in public , HAI is the best orginization that provides valuable intertainment to my consumers and individuals with disabilities every where ,HAI continue to do the beautiful work that you are doing with God's Blessings.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been using HAI for 16+years. The Omnibus service is wonderful. The staff is knowledgable and curtious with the residents. They are patient and kind. They get our residents on and off the bus quickly and safely. I have used other bus services in the past that have always ended in disaster. My residents only want HAI!

I also use the entertainment serves through HAI and am always pleased. I would recommend them to everyone!

Review from Guidestar