Behind a single piece of art there are hundreds of people. Many more people beyond the artist worked, in one way or another, to make that one experience possible for the viewer. We like to celebrate everyone who makes art possible, in big and little ways.

These individuals and organizations are what we like to call “Cultivators of Culture.” Select any name to read more about how these people are putting art and culture first in our full profiles of these remarkable individuals.

Adam Bouska, co-founder of NOH8

Alanna Heiss  founder of MoMA PS1, Art on Air International Radio, The Clocktower Gallery and more

Andres Santo Domingo, co-founder of Kemado Records

Atefeh Riazi, Executive Director of CIOs Without Borders

Brandon Stanton, photographer and creator of Humans of New York

Candy Chang, contemporary public artist, urban planner, creator of “Before I die”

Chris Messina, creator of the #hashtag, UX designer for Google, and head of Community & Growth at NeonMob

David Hockney, acclaimed British painter, Pop artist, printmaker, and iPad painting innovator

Dorothy McSweeny, board member of Americans for the Arts

Douglas Druick, Director of the Art Institute of Chicago

Earle I. Mack, member of the Jockey Club’s Board of Directors

Elizabeth Taylor, actress

Emily Youssouf, finance and housing expert

Eve Ensler, writer, public speaker, activist, and more

Free Arts NYC, arts education organization, arts nonprofit, founder of the “A to Z Project”

George Crumb, composer and teacher

George Roberts, co-CEO & co-founder of KKR

Glenn Lowry, Director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

George Kravis, art collector and philanthropist

Henry Kravis, co-CEO and co-founder of KKR

James S. Turley, CEO and Chairman of Ernst & Young Global

Janet Echelman, World-renowned multidisciplinary and sculpture artist.

Julie Andrews, actress, humanitarian, author, and more

Ken Mehlman, attorney, politician, and businessman

Lady Pink, feminist, artist, street art pioneer

Lena Dunham, filmmaker, actor, and director

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), nonprofit organization

Margarita Lopez, activist and environmentalist

Marie-Josee Kravis, economist and President of MoMA

Mike Duca, CEO and visionary of NeonMob

Miranda July, filmmaker and writer

MoMA PS1, contemporary art nonprofit institution

One Percent for Culture, NYC campaign for arts funding

Project Interchange, global exchange program to Israel

Rebecca Odes and Jill Soloway, feminists, writers, and creators of

ReThink Fabrics, recycled fashion clothier

Richard Koshalek, director of Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Ronald Levy, President of Lincoln Center for Performing Arts

Ronald Lauder, art collector

Slice Magazine, nonprofit literary print publication

South Street Seaport, cultural & historical hub

Thomas Uger, businessman

Thomas Weisel, businessman

Tyree Guyton & The Heidelberg Project, Detroit-based artist and public arts community