The World Congress on Art Deco®
The International Coalition of Art Deco Societies
The World Congress on Art Deco® is organized under the auspices of the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS), a voluntary coalition of 30 Art Deco organizations worldwide. ICADS was originally created as the National Coalition of Art Deco Societies (NCADS) in January 1992, during the Art Deco Weekend festival in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. At this time, international organizations were welcomed as “observers.” Some key individuals also have been active in the coalition since its inception.
In 1994, international organizations were accorded full Sponsorship (member) status and the name was changed to the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS). There are fourteen American members and eleven international members from England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France and Brazil. New societies are forming regularly from all around the globe. All are welcome to join ICADS.
Miami Design Preservation League
Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) founder Barbara Baer Capitman envisioned the concept for the World Congress in 1989. MDPL hosted the first World Congress on Art Deco in Miami Beach, Florida in January 1991 during the League’s annual Art Deco Weekend.® This was appropriate because Miami Beach was the first area in the world to recognize and to take legal steps to protect a twentieth century historic district, with Art Deco as the hallmark style. The response to the World Congress was so enthusiastic that MDPL licensed it as a biennial event giving ICADS the authority to vote on future sites for the Congresses. ICADS adopted a policy of alternating between U.S. host cities and sites around the world. The Congresses have been held in the following locations:
1991 – Miami Beach, Florida, USA
1993 – Perth, Western Australia
1995 – London and Brighton, England
1997 – Los Angeles, California, USA
1999 – Napier, New Zealand
2001 – Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
2003 – Cape Town, South Africa
2005 – New York City, New York, USA
2007 – Melbourne, Australia
2009 – Montréal, Canada
2011 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2013 – Havana, Cuba
2015 – Shanghai, China
2017 – Cleveland, Ohio, USA
2019 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
The World Congress on Art Deco is a registered trademark of the Miami Design Preservation League, Inc, of Miami, Florida, USA. All rights reserved worldwide.