Our vision is American public art and architecture in service of the nation's highest values.
Founded in 2002, the National Civic Art Society is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit that promotes public art and architecture that embodies America's ideals. We do this by advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism, and their allied arts. Through our programs and initiatives we assist practitioners; guide government agencies and officials; and educate students and the general public in the preservation and creation of beautiful, dignified public buildings, monuments, and spaces. While our mission is wide, our focus is on federal architecture and commemorative works, and in particular America's capital city, whose classical buildings and plan the Founding Fathers intended to a model for the nation.
We achieve our mission by:
- Providing expert guidance for appointments, commissions, patrons, and projects
- Educating via lectures, symposia, debates, exhibitions, and walking tours
- Organizing competitions, calls for plans and counter-proposals
- Publishing newsletters, articles, white papers, and online and social media
- Hosted a panel on "New Urbanism and the Human Habitat: Beauty in the Natural and Built Environment" at the Philips Collection in Washington, D.C.
- Organized an Eisenhower Memorial Counter-Competition with an award ceremony at the Rayburn House Office Building at which Susan Eisenhower, the president's granddaughter, delivered remarks.
- Launched "Our Classical Heritage" series of walking tours of the nation's capital.
- Published The Gehry Towers over Eisenhower: The National Civic Art Society Report on the Eisenhower Memorial, a 150-page critique of the Memorial's competition, design, and agency approval.
- Testified to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Public Lands on "The Future of the National Mall."
- Twice testified to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Public Lands on the Eisenhower Memorial.
- Testified numerous times to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and National Capital Planning Commission on the Eisenhower Memorial.
- Sponsored a panel discusion on "Monumental Fights: The Role of Memorials in Civic Life."
- Hosted a lecture series on "Art in the Republic."