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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 symposiums, newsletters, a dynamic website, and support of graduate students in related fields.

Our emphasis on student support has grown through the years and now is an extremely important focus for the Trust. Through donations to the Dewey Lee Curtis Student Scholarship Fund the Trust supports scholarships to our symposium around the country, research grants for thesis and dissertation work, sponsorships to three leading museum study programs, a scholarship to Colonial Williamsburg’s Antiques Forum, and yearly internships for recent graduates of Masters or PhD programs in partnership with a different museum or historical society each year. The Trust feels that support of our young people is essential.

By making a tax deductible donation to the Dewey Lee Curtis Student Scholarship Fund you can help support these efforts and, hopefully, allow the Trust to expand them in the years to come.

Another way to help the Trust is to donate to the John A. H. Sweeney Emerging Scholar Lectureship Fund. This fund sponsors a lecturer at both the spring and fall Decorative Arts Trust symposiums. To honor the work John did over the years with the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, this honorarium goes to a young professional who demonstrates great promise.


Support the Trust by contributing through our online form.