Michael supports a return to the merit-based full tuition scholarship mission at Cooper Union.
Michael supports an independent Alumni Association that provides support and advocacy for Peter Cooper’s mission.
While at Cooper, Michael’s academic focus was on painting, drawing, photography, printmaking and calligraphy. He has since pursued a career in advertising, advocacy and public relations while also creating work for gallery exhibition and site-specific public art installations. His art projects have involved travel to economically distressed, war-torn regions of Latin America: he knows what it feels like to get shot at with his own tax dollars. Antonin Scalia wrote the 8-1 U.S. Supreme Court decision awarding Michael a victory in a 1st Amendment battle to get a public art work exhibited.
He has spent several years doing boots-on-the-ground organizing on environmental issues. He helped a community in Dimock PA to file a lawsuit over drinking water contamination and kept the environmental justice case in the global media spotlight for 18 months. He wrote, directed and produced a 30 second ad that got picked up by Yoko Ono / Artists Against Fracking for use in New York State. Governor Cuomo has kept a moratorium against fracking in NY until such time as it is deemed “safe”.
He currently is freelancing as an art director while working on a film script, and is leading a new business startup.