About MAS

Our History

For nearly 125 years, The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) has worked to educate and inspire New Yorkers to engage in the betterment of our city. As a non-profit advocacy organization, MAS mobilizes diverse allies to focus on issues that affect our city from sidewalk to skyline. Through three core campaign areas, MAS protects New York’s legacy spaces, encourages thoughtful planning and urban design, and fosters complete neighborhoods across the five boroughs.

Our advocacy efforts have led to the creation of the New York City Planning Commission, Public Design Commission, Landmarks Preservation Commission, and the Tribute in Light; the preservation of Grand Central Terminal, the lights of Times Square, and the Garment District; the restoration of more than 50 works of public art; and the founding of such civic organizations as the Public Art Fund, New York Landmarks Conservancy, Historic Districts Council, Park Avenue Armory, and the Waterfront Alliance.

Learn about our unique history and successes, from championing the first comprehensive municipal zoning code to saving the lights of Times Square.

Our Accountability

As part of our commitment to transparency, MAS makes it a priority to share information about our organization’s health and finances with our members, supporters, and partners. We invite you to view our latest financial reporting at the links below:

Our Governance

We invite you to view MAS’s internal operating rules: