About MAA

Morningside Area Alliance (“MAA”) has brought the leadership of the area’s institutions together since 1947. Its core values are Communication, Collaboration, and Community. These virtues are expressed through the association’s active efforts to foster a culture of collaboration among it membership of globally-recognized nonprofits.

MAA’s principal activities are:

  • Host and engage in networking and communities of practice among staff of member institutions
  • Promote the public programs of member institutions
  • Community engagement
  • Facilitate and support cross-institutional collaborations

During its storied history, MAA has served as a catalyst and incubator for initiatives that are “better done together.”

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History of MAA

Historical Timeline

Highlights 1947: Originally known as Morningside Heights, Inc., the Morningside Area Alliance was established in 1947 by leaders of Morningside Heights institutions, led by David Rockefeller as its first...

History through 1970’s

Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library houses a large collection of organizational documents. http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/archival/collections/ldpd_4412857/ Morningside Area Alliance was founded as Morningside Heights Inc. in 1947, out of the recommendations of...