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The Municipal Arts Society’s 118th Annual Meeting

Municipal Arts Society - Kent Swig, President of Swig Equities; Vin Cipolla, President of the MAS Board of DirectorsThe Municipal Arts Society (MAS) held its 118th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 29, at the New World Stages, with the set of Avenue Q as a backdrop.

Rocco Landesman, National Endowment for the Arts chairman, opened the evening with a keynote speech on the importance of the ‘Arts Community’ as an economic and cultural catalyst in cities. Landesman’s remarks were followed by a discussion with Gretchen Dykstra, founding President of the Times Square Business Improvement District (now the Times Square Alliance), and Rosanne Haggerty, Founder and President of the nonprofit Common Ground. The discussion was moderated by Eleanor Randolph, a member of the editorial board of The New York Times. The conversation focused around the transformation of Times Square over the last twenty years and the entities that orchestrated the neighborhood’s revival.  The Municipal Arts Society played a key role in the revitalization of Times Square through vigorous advocacy to “keep the lights on” in the district.

Muncipal Arts Society - Kent Barwick, MAS Board of Directors; David Childs, Chairman of the MAS Board of Directors; and Kent Swig, President of Swig Equities

Kent Barwick, David Childs, Kent Swig

Following this most fascinating panel discussion, MAS members voted in the continuing MAS Board Members. I was delighted to rejoin Paul Beirne, Michael Hoffman, Frances Resheske, Earl Weiner and Gary Zarr on the Municipal Arts Society Board of 2011-2012.

Past Board Members Arie Kopelman, Ashton Hawkins and Kinshasha Holman Conwill will be missed as they step down after the completing the maximum allowable term on the MAS Board of Directors. We wish them good luck in the future and look forward to an exciting new year.


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April 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm

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