Americas Society is the premier organization dedicated to education, debate and dialogue in the Americas. Established by David Rockefeller in 1965, our mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship.
Americas Society’s Literature, Music and Visual Arts programs aim to create a space for interaction and enhanced appreciation for emerging and established cultural figures from across the hemisphere by presenting writers, musicians, artists, and scholars from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada to U.S. audiences.
Since 1968, the Literature program has published our renowned semi-annual literary magazine, Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, the leading English language forum for literature from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada. We supported the first English translation of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, opening a path for critically acclaimed writers from Latin America, such as Manuel Puig, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, and Mario Vargas Llosa, to reach U.S. audiences with their groundbreaking work. Each season, the Literature program also organizes a series of public programs highlighting writers and literature from the hemisphere.
The Music Program presents the annual Music of the Americas concert series to showcase the diversity of styles and genres of classical, modern, and traditional music being produced in the Americas. Our Music Education Program brings music instruction and interactive performances with musicians from throughout the Americas to more than 5,000 New York City public school children.
The Visual Arts program boasts the longest-standing private space in the U.S. dedicated to exhibiting and promoting art from Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada; it has achieved a unique and renowned leadership position in the field, producing both historical and contemporary exhibitions. The Visual Arts program present three exhibitions annually, each accompanied by a series of public and educational programs featuring outstanding artists, curators, critics and scholars. The Visual Arts program produces exhibition catalogues as well as scholarly publications, including the seminal work, A Principality of Its Own: 40 Years of Visual Arts at the Americas Society.