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What does VAI stand for?

VAI stands for Van Alen Institute


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Van Alen lent his name to the Van Alen Institute, a New York City-based nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving design in the public realm through a program of exhibitions, competitions, publications, workshops, and forums and is an advocate for active and accessible waterfronts. Founded in 1894 as the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects, the Institute was renamed in 1996 in honor of Van Alen, its largest benefactor; at this time the organization was reorganized to focus on the public realm.
John the Divine Center for Book Arts Children's Museum of the Arts China Institute The Cloisters (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Columbia University Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery Dahesh Museum Dia Center for the Arts (Main Gallery) Dia Center for the Arts (Earth Room) Dia Center for the Arts (Broken Kilometer) The Drawing Center The Equitable Gallery The Frick Collection Grey Art Gallery (New York University) The Chaim Gross Studio Museum The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum The Hispanic Society of America The Jewish Museum The National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts The Municipal Art Society El Museo del Barrio The Museum for African Art Museum of American Illustration Museum of the Chinese in the Americas The Museum of Modern Art National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts National Museum of Catholic Art and History The New Museum of Contemporary Art New-York Historical Society New York School of Interior Design Newark Museum The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum P. S. 1 Contemporary Art Center The Paine Webber Art Gallery The Philippine Center The Queens Museum of Art Snug Harbor Cultural Center Socrates Sculpture Park The Studio Museum in Harlem Sculpturecenter Swiss Institute Van Alen Institute.
The Van Alen Institute announced the competition in November. During two days in May the entries were winnowed down to three placing teams and nine honorable mentions. The judges included Joshua Sirefman, president of the Coney Island Development Corporation, a nonprofit group created by the city in 2003.