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Recap: 119th Annual Meeting

The 119th Annual Meeting of The Municipal Art Society of New York was a terrific, standing room only event.  Held last Thursday at the newly renovated New-York Historical Society, the annual gathering of MAS members, partners, funders and friends celebrated the integral role of the arts in fostering a livable city. The evening started off with the presentation of the Evangeline Blashfield Award to New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin for her dedication to the arts in New York City. Presented by former Blashfield awardees Warrie Price and Susan Freedman, it was noted that under Commissioner Levin and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the city has funded more cultural organizations in more parts of the city than any other administration. After the Blashfield presentation, Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, introduced New York Story, a multi-media film presentation illustrating the history of New York City.

Following, MAS President Vin Cipolla presented on the year ahead at MAS, from policy and community engagement initiatives, to public programs, tours and events like May’s Jane’s Walks, celebrating the legacy of Jane Jacobs. Vin then introduced longtime Brendan Gill Prize jury Chairman Randall Bourscheidt and jury member and Queens Museum Executive Director Tom Finkelpearl to present the 24th Brendan Gill Prize to John Morse for his wonderfully imaginative and witty “Curbside Haiku,” the DOT-commissioned safety education and public art campaign.

Wrapping up the action-packed meeting was some official MAS business as members welcomed new MAS board of directors Chair Eugenie Birch, and voted in new board members Kathryn Chenault and Thomas Woltz.  We also bid farewell to Ronay Menschel, Diane Coffey and Tony Kiser, who are stepping down as directors in accordance with board term limits.