Americas Society

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Americas Society
Americas Society logo.png
Headquarters680 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021 United States
  • New York City
Coordinates40°46′08″N 73°57′58″W / 40.768830°N 73.965975°W / 40.768830; -73.965975

The Americas Society is an organization dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue on the Americas and is located at 680 Park Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The Americas Society was established by David Rockefeller in 1965.[1] The Americas Society promotes the understanding of the economic, political, and social issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada; its mission is "to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship."[2]

The Americas Society Building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The building was previously the Percy Rivington Pyne House before serving as the Soviet Mission to the United Nations until its current usage. Along with the neighboring buildings of the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute and the Italian Consulate General, the house constitutes one of the few remaining unified architectural ensembles on Park Avenue.[3] The Center for Inter-American Relations was later to be absorbed into Americas Society in 1985.[4]


The Americas Society organizes interviews, speeches, podcasts, exhibitions, readings, and musical performances at its headquarters and reports on Congressional updates, and local events. Many events are held at the Salon Simón Bolivar, an expansive room in the building’s Neo-Federal style with wide windows, a 15-foot ceiling, and wood-paneled and silk fabric walls.

The Americas Society produces the MetLife Music of the Americas (concert series) to showcase the diversity of styles and genres of music in the Americas. The concert series is held at the Society’s headquarters.

Salon Simón Bolivar
Meridionalis at Americas Society

The Americas Society, together with Council of the Americas, produces the publication Americas Quarterly, a policy journal for the Western Hemisphere. The Americas Society also publishes Review Magazine, which was first founded in 1968. Review Magazine is an English language journal for literature from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada. Review Magazine also helped support the first English translation of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez as well as other translations.[5]

The Americas Society has also organized working groups on the topics of women's empowerment and leadership, Cuba, energy policy, immigration, trade facilitation and Venezuela.[6]


  1. ^ a b "About Americas Society". Americas Society. Archived from the original on April 15, 2008. Retrieved May 6, 2008.
  2. ^ "About AS/COA". Archived from the original on 2016-09-25. Retrieved 2017-01-29.
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  6. ^ "Our Working Groups". Archived from the original on 2016-11-06. Retrieved 2017-01-29.

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