Cultural Grants 2018

Jason File at NARS Foundation
New York, NY

Jason File is both an artist and a war crimes prosecutor at the United Nations in The Hague. He permanently resides in the Netherlands. He’ll be doing a residency at New York Art Residency Studios (NARS) from April – June, 2018, where he’ll be developing several new projects based on his experience in The Hague that will culminate in a two-week exhibition at NARS. In his multimedia art practice he investigates the use of law as an artistic medium, and overlaps with the fields of history, politics, human rights and armed conflict. He looks forward to weekly studio visits from critics, writers from newspapers and magazines, curators of museums and galleries as well as numerous opportunities to give artist’s talks, presentations and workshops. To view his page on the NARS Foundation website, click here.


Archipelago Books
New York, NY

October 2018 book tour in New York, Chicago, and Boston, of English translation of W.F. Hermans’ Het Behouden Huis / An Untouched House, by David Colmer.

Cover of W.F. Hermans translation of Het Behouden Huis / An Untouched House, translated by David Colmer.


‘t Klokhuis
New York, NY

King’s Day celebrations at the Esplanade at Battery Park City, New York, April 29, 2018.


Roos Plaatsman – The Art and Science of the Performing Voice
New York, NY

Roos Plaatsman (Rose Ellis) is a Dutch jazz vocalist and composer living in New York. In 2014 The NAF supported her recording of the album Like Songs Like Moons. She will attend the conference “The Art and Science of the Performing Voice” at the University of Washington in Seattle, April 13-15, 2018, and attend a lesson with world renowned vocal coach Joan Lader the following day.


Denver Art Museum
Denver, CO

September 16, 2018 – January 6, 2019, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) will organize the exhibition Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker, co-curated by Dr. Timothy J. Standring of the Gates Family Foundation, and leading scholar of Rembrandt prints Dr. Jaco Rutgers. The exhibition of more than 100 prints, drawings and paintings is a timely nod to the master’s legacy, due to 2019 being the 350th anniversary of his death. Painter as Printmaker proposes a new perspective on Rembrandt’s skill as a brilliant storyteller by demonstrating how integral his technical mastery of intaglio printmaking was to the narrative success of each print he produced. Apart from pieces given on loan by several high profile institutions such as the Musee du Louvre, The British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, University of Leiden and the National Gallery of Art, the Rijksmuseum has facilitated scholarly research essential to this exhibition’s planning and execution. A 200 page catalogue will accompany the exhibition, as well as a suite of interpretive programs. Admission is waived for all youth 18 and under, and waived for all on the first Saturday of the month, making the exhibit extremely accessible.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, 1639. Etching, with touches of drypoint; image height: 8.07 x image width: 6.45 in. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Department of Prints and Photography

Image courtesy Denver Art Museum

Visitors viewing the works up close with magnifying sheets. Image courtesy Denver Art Museum.

For more on Rembrandt’s techniques, view the below video by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Forbes Article (Scott, Chadd) Mastery of Rembrandt on Viewin Exhibit at Denver Art Museum, October 8, 2018


The Gallery Club presents The American Landscape- Miami Edition 
Art Basel- Miami, FL

This exhibition presented during Art Basel, December 6-22, 2018, will include the work of five contemporary Dutch photographers, Iwan Baan, Charlotte Dumas, Marie-José Jongerius, Sem Langendijk and Bert Teunissen, who have extensively photographed the American landscape through the years. The works offer a new perspective to the viewers, showcasing the diversity and grandeur of the American landscape, through the eyes of the Dutch photographers, while addressing broader social issues.

Public Art Fund 
New York, NY

Tilted Head is Dutch artist Mark Manders’ largest bronze sculpture to date, made specifically for the Doris C. Freedman Plaza at the southeast entrance to Central Park. Manders Is well-known throughout Europe for his sculptural practice. He aspires for his work to feel timeless. His subject matter often relates to classical genres; human figures that reference the stylized perfection of Ancient Egyptian figures or busts that evoke the idealized form of a Renaissance marble. Tilted Head will debut on March 6, 2019 and remain on view till September 1, 2019.

left: Public Art Fund Director & Chief Curator Nicholas Baume, right, artist Mark Manders at the opening ceremony on March 6, 2019 at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, New York.

The Museum of Fine Art Houston   
Houston, TX

In partnership with the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, and the Kröller-Müller Museum, The MFAH will present, Vinvent van Gogh (1853-1890), its first monographic exhibition of the master artist since 1941. The artist will be presented through the story of his person, his life, his family and friends and what truly motivated him. The exhibit will include some fifty paintings and drawings from the collections of the partnering museums, and explores four stages of Van Gogh’s life and career: The Netherlands, Paris, South of France and Saint-Remy and Auvers. The exhibit will include a wide array of programs such as special tours, public lectures by renowned art scholars, art-making activities, and film screenings.

Teylers Museum Paleo Art

Paleo Art combines art and science, creating an original artistic work that attempts to reconstruct or depict prehistoric life according to the current knowledge and scientific evidence at the time of the artwork’s creation. Over the past 200 years artists and scientists closely collaborated to visualize prehistoric life by combining their scientific discoveries and artistic skills. Their deliberations and challenges influenced each other’s work and how the visualization of living dinosaurs and other prehistoric scenes changes over time and colored our perception of prehistoric life up till the present day. Although mostly forgotten, recently they have been the subject of a serious and highly acclaimed study, and written about by American art historian Zoë Lescaze. The exhibition will take place through May 2020.


Screening of Marleine van der Werf’s The Prediction Machine 
New York, NY

The Prediction Machine was screened as part of The Imagine Science Festival, in New York, October 12, 2018. The short film is a collaboration between Van der Werf and a Dutch neuroscientist, Prof. Floris de Lange, Radbout University-Nijmegen. In his ‘prediction lab’ he researches the human brain, and what predictions are made due to our perception.

As a direct result of connections made during the premiere, which Marleine was able to attend due to her cultural grant from the NAF, in 2019 the film will be screened in Abu Dhabi, Colorado, Portland, Mexico City, Berlin and Singapore.


Glimpse by Oorkaan at Brooklyn Academy of Music  
New York, New York

BAMkids 2019 will present Amsterdam-based company Oorkaan with their award-winning work Glimpse, a classical music and visual media work for children ages 2-7. With 8 public weekend performances, and 4 special performances in New York City Schools it will be a core presentation of the annual BAMkids series. The piece incorporates light and projected visuals to explore the questions ‘what does sound look like?’ and ‘what does color sound like?’. Light and visual stimuli also animate the players at different intervals, signaling when they should cease or resume play. Glimpse won Young Audience Music award for ‘Best Production of the Year’ in 2015.

For Performance Dates and Times on the BAM website

Daan Kleijn recording second album  
New York, New York

Daan Kleijn is a jazz guitarist from the Netherlands, who moved to New York in 2011 to complete his MA at NYU on a Huygens Talent program. He has also played on over a dozen albums along-side jazz greats like Rodney Green and Ron McClure. In 2013 he released his own debut album, recorded in the Netherlands with drummer Joost van Schaik and bassist Tobias Nijboer, and has received a rave-reviews by the international press. His next album he wishes to record with Hammond artist Sam Yahel, and Anthony Pincotti on drums, two artists brought up in the American jazz tradition with a fresh approach to music. The album will be recorded at Samurai Hotel Recording Studios in Queens, NY.

Performance and Recording of a collaboration of composer Jordan Dykstra. 
Amsterdam, NL

American composer, Jordan Dykstra’s latest work will be premiered by Dutch pianist Reinier van Houdt at DNK Days in Amsterdam, April 2019. A recording of  the composition, will be released later that year by Dutch publisher Unsounds.

Foundation for Adopting Graves American Cemetery Margraten
Mergelland Mannenkoor
The Netherlands

Performances of the Mergelland Mannenkoor in New York, NY and Washington, DC in September, 2018, in honor of the the American WWII Orphans Network (AWON) final gala. AWON members are the children of soldiers buried at the American Cemetery Margraten, Limburg, the Netherlands. The Foundation Adopting Graves American Cemetery Margraten has watched over the graves of these fallen American soldiers by connecting them to local families who for generations have cared for them.

Perfomance at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States on Facebook.

Ars Nova Workshop
New York, NY

Presentation of Dutch ensemble Instant Composers Pool (ICP) in May, 2018. ICP is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and will be the centerpiece in Ars Nova Workshop’s series of performances by European artists at Fringe Arts on the Delaware River waterfront. ICP is an experimental music co-op founded in 1967 by drummer Han Bennink and Misha Mengelberg.

The Syndicate

The Syndicate is an international theater company that produces new plays by women, queer, and trans artists. In September The Syndicate will premier Tiny Errors at the End of the Millennium at IRT Theater in New York, as part of its SummerFest, a month-long theater festival. Tiny Errors is written by NYC based artists Alanna Coby, and Megan Paradis Hanley, who began collaborating with Dutch artist Janouke Goosen in March 2017. Goosen is an actor, dancer, musician/composer, and teaching artist. She is also a founding member of The Syndicate. As the internet’s role in the export of American popular culture to a global audience is an important theme in Tiny Errors, Ms. Goosen’s background in the Netherlands will deeply impact how the story is told. This will be the 4th play The Syndicate produces, the previous three have been performed both in the US and the Netherlands.

Works by Women Interview


New York Philharmonic
New York, NY

Previously a guest conductor for the NY Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweden will start his inaugural season as the NY Phil’s Music Director in the fall of 2018. One of the season’s thematic pillars is the program The Art of Andriessen, celebrating the music of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. October 4-6, 2018, Van Zweden will lead the orchestra in the world premiere of Andiressen’s Agamemnon, a new commission based on the dramatic tale of the ancient Greek mythological character. October 7th new-music program Going Dutch will focus on Andriessen’s unique musical voice featuring Jaap van Zweden and Philharmonic musicians. October 10 and 12-13 a third program is presented featuring guest conductor David Robertson, conducting Andriessen’s TAO. In an effort to connect to young audiences Nightcap and Sound ON are a series of late-night, cabaret-style chamber concerts that will include programming from The Art of Andriessen, and on the 13th is joined by composer himself, speaking with the audience about his work.

New York City Center
New York, NY

The 15th Anniversary Fall for Dance Festival will include Dutch dance company Introdans, who will perform Canto Ostinato by American choreographer Lucinda Childs. The company will perform with 4 dancers in an ensemble of a total of 20 dancers. Introdans is known for its pioneering work in bringing dance to new audiences of both young people and adults. They have performed in Bangkok, Cape Town, Germany and Buenos Aires.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Berger

Photo Credit: Stephanie Berger

Photo Credit: Stephanie Berger

Carnegie Hall
New York, NY

In July and August the National Youth Orchestra Jazz (NYO Jazz) will be going on tour in Europe for 4 weeks. They will be in the Netherlands for 2 nights. On August 2, 2018, they will perform at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as part of this inaugural tour. The instrumentalists will be ages 16-19, who will also engage in cultural exchange activities and connect with young Dutch musicians in order to promote learning opportunities and empower both groups as global ambassadors.

French Institute Alliance Française – Crossing the Line Festival 2018
New York, NY

In October, 2018, the play ‘Art’, written by Yasmina Reza, will be performed by Dutch collective Dood Paard and Flemish Theater Group STAN during the fall arts festival ‘Crossing the Line’. ‘Art’ premiered in Paris in 1994 and won the award for best playwright and best show in an independent theater, and has been translated into 35 languages. Dood Paard is a 4 member team. STAN is an acronym for Stop Thinking About Names, operating on the democratic principle that everyone participates in every artistic decision. The 2 groups have been working together for 20 years. Crossing the Line is a six-week multidisciplinary and contemporary arts festival, uniting artists from all over the world with NY audiences. This year will be the festival’s 12th edition.

From left Frank Vercruyssen, Kuno Bakker, Gillis Biesheuvel. Photo credit Sanne Peper.

The New York Times article (Elizabeth Vincentelli) “Defacing ‘Art’: After 20 Years, the Hit Play Gets a Brash Coat of Paint” (New York, October 1, 2018)

Philippe Lemm Trio City Bird Tour 

Dutch drummer and composer Philippe Lemm, along with pianist Angelo Di Loreto and bassist Jeff Koch, will embark on a multi-city tour of there newest album, City Birds. The European tour is scheduled for October 8- November 2, 2018. The album contains original works, composition by acclaimed composers such as Martin van Dijk, as well as American musicians Randy Newman and Paul Simon.

Confrontations in Dialogue performances by But What About 

Dutch music ensemble But What About’s collaboration with both Dutch and American composers, musicians and performance organizations on a new musical project, Confrontations in Dialogue, which they will be bringing to the US in January 2019. The concerts will include Louis Andriessen’s Workers’ Union, John Cage’s Radio Music and Patrick Clark’s Light Bending Forward. New pieces are commissioned from both American and Dutch composers: Jan Peter de Graaff, Sunbin Kim and Patrick Clark. This will be But What About’s premiere in the US. Upon their return, they will tour the Netherlands, Belgium and other European Counties with performances of the same and similar programs.

Jazz Orchestra of the Royal Concertgebouw 

The Jazz Orchestra of the Royal Concertgebouw is the leading big band of the Netherlands. Started in 1996, in 1999 it was invited to continue under the name of the Royal Concertgebouw. The orchestra is planning to go on a US tour May 18 – 26, 2019, to play music from their recently released albums I Didn’t Know What Time It Was and Crossroads. The tour will include 10 concerts in New York, DC and Philadelphia, as well as a lecture at Manhattan School of Music and a Masterclass at the New School of Music. The orchestra is strongly rooted in the American Jazz tradition, and aims to promote jazz music and musicians on many big and significant stages and festivals all over the world.

Bach and Bleach by Esther Apituley at La Mama  
New York, New York

La Mama, the experimental theatre club, will preform the concert Bach and Bleach by Esther Apituley, an ode to the power of the imagination and the power of Bach. A viola player and a cleaning lady accidentally meet on stage. Bach’s emotionally profound music unlocks the imagination of the woman mopping, and shows her that she is more than what she believes to be.

The Holland America Vocals: From Amsterdam to New York and Back 
New York, New York

The Holland America Vocals is a musical, educational and cultural project to bring together singer Daniel Dojcinovic from the Netherlands and The Seamless Voice, a vocal school in New York City from May- June 2019. It will be an intensive four-week long educational interaction between Daniel and the Seamless Voice consisting of vocal workshops and masterclasses culminating in the recording, production and release of Daniels first album.


New Netherlands Institute
Albany, NY

Updating of online lesson plans and distribution of edited version of New Netherland in a Nutshell in New Jersey.


Architectural Research

Jack Pyburn, an American historic preservation architect, is organizing an exchange between researchers of Schokbeton at the Technical University of Delft (TU Delft), the School of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology and himself. They aim to produce a working document to coordinate the two sets of research and the output from them.

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