About MAS

Our History

Founded in 1893, the Municipal Art Society is five years older than the consolidated City of New York itself.

Over more than 120 years of history, MAS has worked to inspire, educate, and empower New Yorkers to engage in the betterment of our city. Through three core campaign areas, MAS protects New York’s legacy spaces, encourages intentional planning and urban development, and fosters complete neighborhoods across the five boroughs.

Learn about our unique history and successes, from championing the first municipal Zoning Code to saving Times Square.

Our Leadership

The Municipal Art Society of New York’s Board of Directors are experts in a variety of fields related to our mission serve as volunteer directors of MAS. The Municipal Art Society has four committees made up of distinguished professionals who volunteer their time help to advise and direct MAS advocacy activities.

MAS’s dedicated staff hail from many backgrounds, and are united in their passion for the future of New York City.