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The Decorative Arts Trust is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit membership organization. Our mission is to provide education in the field of American decorative arts through dynamic programs and the support of graduate students and young professionals in related fields through our Emerging Scholars Program. In addition to contributing to the Trust through a membership gift, please help further these laudable efforts by making a tax-deductible donation to the following funds.

Continuing Education Fund

A branch of the Trust's Emerging Scholars Program, this fund underwrites scholarships to intensive educational programs sponsored by Attingham, Winterthur, MESDA, Historic Deerfield, Historic New England, and the Victorian Society of America. These programs provide our scholarship recipients with new information and perspectives that profoundly influence their work for their local communities.

Trust Education Fund

Through grants, scholarships, and internships, this fund provides graduate students and young professionals with essential resources and opportunities.

Curtis Student Scholarship Fund

Named in tribute of Trust founder and longtime Governor Dewey Lee Curtis, this fund enables two graduate students to attend each of our domestic symposia, thereby providing a valuable experience and access to leading scholars and noteworthy historic sites.

Failey Education and Research Fund

In recognition of Dean F. Failey's encouragement of young scholars, we have created the Failey Education & Research Fund to help underwrite continuing education scholarships and research grants for noteworthy projects on American decorative arts.

Sweeney Emerging Scholar Fund

Named in honor of the late John A.H. Sweeney, a renowned Governor of the Trust, this fund underwrites a lecture given by a talented up-and-coming scholar at each symposium.

Hunt Initiative Fund

Established to recognize the contributions of former Executive Director Penelope M. Hunt, this fund allows the Trust’s leadership to focus on adding innovative programs and projects that will provide additional value to our members, build new constituencies, and allow the Trust to remain a prominent fixture in the decorative arts community.


Support the Trust by contributing through our online form.