The Council for the Arts is an international volunteer group of alumni and friends established to support the visual, literary, and performing arts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Since its founding in 1972 by MIT President Jerome B. Wiesner, The Council for the Arts at MIT has supported projects as visible as the conservation of the outstanding public art collection at MIT and as pragmatic as new dance floors. In 1998 the Council established the Arts Scholars Program to nurture a community of student artists at MIT.
Appointed by the President of MIT to three-year terms, the Council continuously fulfills its mission “to foster the arts at MIT and to act as a catalyst for the development of a broadly based, highly participatory program in the arts.”
In addition to The McDermott Award, the The Gyorgy Kepes Fellowship Prize honors a member of the MIT faculty or professional arts community whose contributions to the arts have proven invaluable.
The Council also sponsors attendance at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Boston Chamber Music Society concerts; over 300 free tickets are distributed annually to MIT students.
Members endow annual student arts awards and a grants program that has supported over 2,000 art projects by faculty, students, performing arts groups and arts organizations.
The Council underwrites student membership in Boston’s premiere arts institutions, including the American Repertory Theater, the Harvard Art Museums, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Photographic Resource Center. The Council also sponsors attendance at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Boston Chamber Music Society concerts and distributes over 300 free tickets annually to MIT students.