Contribute to the ADSNY Michael J. Smith Fund
To celebrate the legacy of our trusted advisor and dear friend, Michael J. Smith, the Art Deco Society of New York (ADSNY) has established the Michael J. Smith Fund to ensure that Michael’s passion for Art Deco continues to inspire others through engaging and informative programs for years to come.
Always the animated educator and mentor, Michael generously shared his time, knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion for interwar design with his clients and Deco aficionados everywhere. He was a dedicated member of ADSNY for many years, and served on the Advisory Board until his passing in 2016.
To honor his strong commitment to ADSNY, we will use the Fund to present the Michael J. Smith American Art Deco Series—annual events exploring interior and industrial design and the decorative arts that expressed the American spirit of the era, from the 1920s through the early 1940s.
Michael’s passion for Deco design and architecture began when he was only 16 years old. Another way to carry Michael’s message of the beauty and power of Art Deco to the next generation of Deco enthusiasts is to support ADSNY’s Documenting Deco school program for New York City middle and high school students.
This school program sparks that same curiosity and passion for modern design—that both shapes our iconic skyline and reflects the culture and values that Michael embraced throughout his life—by using Art Deco as a springboard for students to learn about our city’s architecture and design, and how the Jazz Age and Depression Era movements shaped America.
This year, through grants, including one made in honor of Michael, Documenting Deco is being implemented in eight schools throughout the boroughs. ADSNY’s cost to bring this program to students is $2,500 per school. Donations made in Michael’s name will allow us to continue to share, teach and celebrate Michael’s passion for Art Deco with young people through this program. Click here to learn more about the Documenting Deco Educational Program.
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Scroll down to make your contribution online by credit card below. To make your donation by check, please mail this completed donation form and your check payable to the “Art Deco Society of New York – MJS Fund” to:
Art Deco Society of New York
PO Box 6205,
New York, NY 10150
Guiding Star: $5000.00
Other: Call ADSNY at (212) 679-3326
Support ADSNY’s Documenting Deco educational program by adopting a school in Michael J. Smith’s name for $2500.00
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From the Event:
On Friday, May 5, 2017, ADSNY members came together with Michael’s family and friends to celebrate the life and legacy of ADSNY’s patron and friend, Michael J. Smith. The evening included a screening of the BBC film, Deco: The Art of Glamour, followed by an award presentation of the Michael J. Smith Excellence Award to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and a champagne reception. The evening launched the Michael J. Smith Fund ensuring that Michael’s lifelong passion and interest in American design and architecture of the 1920s through 40s will continue to inspire others through engaging and informative programs for years to come.