In response to the deterioration of many of New York City’s outdoor statues and public murals in hospitals, schools and libraries, and the limited resources to preserve them, The Municipal Art Society initiated the Adopt-A-Monument program in 1987 and the Adopt-A-Mural program in 1991. Both programs were born as a plea to corporate and private donors to support the conservation the city’s most neglected public statues and threatened murals.
To track our achievements, we have created an interactive map of all the monuments throughout New York City that have been restored and preserved through the Adopt-A-Monument program. Click on any of the points (red dots) to learn more about a particular monument and the restoration and preservation process.
Adopt-A-Monument / Adopt-A-Mural program director, Phyllis Samitz Cohen describes the origins of the program and focuses on the fascinating stories of how several of the city’s best-loved public art installations were preserved and restored.