The Council for the Arts at MIT was founded in 1972 by president Jerome B. Wiesner, and is an international volunteer group of alumni and friends established to support the arts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With its enthusiastic advocacy for all the arts at MIT, the Council’s mission is to act as a catalyst for the development of a broadly based, highly participatory program in the arts, firmly founded on teaching, practice, and research at the Institute, and to conduct arts-related fundraising activities on behalf of MIT.
Produced for the 40th Annual Meeting in October 2012, this video offers a brief history of the Council, its accomplishments and goals:
The Council’s programs are funded entirely by the annual contributions of its members.
- The Council’s Grants Program has awarded over three million dollars since 1974 to over three-thousand-five-hundred arts projects created by MIT students, staff, and faculty.
- The Excursion Series provides tickets to off-campus performances and cultural events.
- The Arts Scholars Program enables students who are active in all artistic disciplines to meet and converse at informal dinners accompanied by presentations or excursions.
- A number of awards are presented by the Council through endowments provided by its members.
- Gyorgy Kepes Fellowship Prize awarded to members of the MIT community for their contributions to the arts at MIT.
- The Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT recognizes innovative talents from around the world, and awards its recipient an $100,000 cash prize and a campus visit.
- The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize(s) in the Visual Arts are awarded each spring to at least 3 students, undergraduate and graduate, for excellence in a body of work in any of the visual arts.
- Louis Sudler Prize awarded to a graduating senior for excellence in the performing or visual arts.
- Laya and Jerome Wiesner Student Art Awards presented to students, student activities or student groups for contributions to the arts at MIT.
CAMIT celebrated its past, present, and future at the 40th Annual Meeting in October 2012
Among the highlights of the event were two panel discussions featuring MIT alumni who have continued their involvement in the arts, either as a professional in an arts-related field, or as a practicing artist. Among the panelists were filmmaker Patrick Wang ’98, whose independent film In the Family has received praise from sources such as the New York Times and film critic Roger Ebert; Marc Steglitz (Sloan ’65) is the Chief Operating Officer of the Guggenheim Museum, a position he assumed after many years in the banking world; Eto Otitigbe ’99, is a multimedia artist whose work involves sculpture, performance, installation and video.
Please click here for video of the panel discussions: