Cultural Grants 2013 – Present

From among the many high quality applications received, the Cultural Committee of the Netherland-America Foundation awarded grants to the following projects, persons and institutions:

Cultural Grants 2017


Emma Hoette
The Netherlands

Participation in The Arctic Circle 2017 residency, June 10 – 28, 2017.


‘t Klokhuis
New York, NY

King’s Day celebrations at Battery Park City, New York, April 30, 2017


Stichting Adoptie Graven Amerikaanse Begraafplaats Margraten
Margraten, The Netherlands

Attendance of the final AWON (American WWII Orphans Network) Gala by a delegation of the Foundation, in Washington, DC, September 28-30, 2018. The Stichting Adoptie Graven Amerikaanse Begraafplaats Margraten / Foundation for Adopting Graves American Cemetery Margraten, has since 1945 arranged the adoption of the graves of 10,023 soldiers, by local families, at the cemetery in Margraten, the Netherlands. A program very dear to the hearts of the AWON members, many of whose fathers are buried at the cemetery. In 2005, 2010 and 2015 delegations of AWON members were hosted by the Foundation. In 2018 the AWON will close its doors, but not before a final gathering. Due to the special relationship between the two organizations, a delegation of members of the Foundation, including the ‘The Margraten Boys’ choir, will travel to Washington, DC, to perform at their gathering and during a wreath laying ceremony in at the Arlington Cemetery.

Provincie Fryslân
Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

11Fountains is a new cultural route, to be launched in 2018 ,when Leeuwarden is the European Capital of Culture. The eleven cities, originally linked by water ways, and forming the route for the Elfstedentocht/Elen Cities Skating Race, will be culturally connected through the commission of fountains designed by international artists. Participating American artists are Mark Dion, Jennifer Allora, and Guillermo Calzadilla. Grand opening is scheduled for May 18, 2018.

The Fish Fountain design by Mark Dion, for the city of Stavoren

The Whale Fountain design by Allora & Calzadilla for the city of Harlingen













Map of Eleven Cities Route, Friesland, The Netherlands



Docomomo US
New York, NY

Mr. Hubert-Jan Henket’s delivery of the keynote speech at the Docomomo US National Symposium 2017 in Phoenix, AZ, March 29 – April 1, 2017.

New Amsterdam History Center
Brooklyn, NY

Seminar: New Amsterdam in the Dutch Atlantic: A Dialogue about the Trade and Entrepreneurship on the World Stage of the 17th Century, November 6, 2017.


The Hague, Netherlands

US artist Jacob Tonski’s participation in the TodaysArt Festival, The Hague, September 22-23, 2017. For more images and reviews on the festival, click here.

Drents Museum
Assen, The Netherlands

The American Dream: American Realism 1945-2017, an exhibition of American realist art, to be presented jointly with the Kunsthalle Emden, Germany, November 18, 2017 – May 27, 2018.

Moody Center for the Arts – Rice University
Houston, TX

A large-scale, site-specific installation by Dutch artist collective WE MAKE CARPETS, on view June 9 – September 12, 2018. WE MAKE CARPETS consists of Marcia Nolte, Stijn van der Vleuten, and Bob Waardenburg. They have exhibited in museums throughout the Netherlands, including the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; De Fabriek in Eindhoven; and the Zeeuws Museum in Middelburg. The collective is knowns for beautiful and surprising works that feature familiar forms and mass-produced objects in temporary scultures they call ‘carpets’ due to the works’ rectangular shapes and intricate, summetrical designs. The group decides only the location, size and material prior to the intuitive, labor-intensive marathon by which they create a single carpet. The installation at Moody Center will refelct the artists’ ongoing interest in a minimalist approach to materials and form. They will consturct the installation in the Moody’s Central Gallery, an open space measuring 14.6 m x 14.6 m x 7.3 m high.

The New York Times Style Magazine article (Daniel, Diane) “When 6,000 Cocktail Umbrellas Become Art.” (New York, 23 August, 2016)

Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Exhibition M.C. Escher: Infinite Dimensions, to be on display at the Museum February 3 – May 28, 2018. The exhibition will be the first monographic exhibition of M.C. Escher’s work at a Boston Museum and will uniquely focus on Escher’s artistry and process. Organized according to the artist’s own classifications and ideas about his oeuvre, M.C. Escher: Infinite Dimensions will also include a series of quotes by people working in creative industries today attesting to the far-reaching relevance of Escher’s vision in the 21st century.


Ernst Reijseger
The Netherlands

Live cello performances in Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Public Theater, June 20 – September 3, 2017.

Company during rehearsal. Ernst Reijseger with instruments, far left. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg.

Ben Brantley of the New York Times: “The shifts in lighting (by Mark Barton) and the subliminal, mood-morphing music (performed onstage by the cellist Ernst Reijseger) feel organically linked to the emotions of the characters.” For full review, click here.

Nederlands Kamerkoor
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Performances of 150 Psalms during the Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, to be performed, November 11, 2017. THE PSALMS EXPERIENCE, Concert 11: Celebration of Life, conducted by Peter Dijkstra, at James Memorial Chapel, Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway at 121st Street, New York, NY.

The White Light Festival is an annual exploration of the power of art to illuminate our interior and communal lives. For 2017 the focus was on faith—faith of artists through the ages and faith in humanity to inspire and design a better future. The Psalms express belief, hope, and doubt, ageless poems that ask hard questions of ourselves and of the divine. In a monumental project, The Psalms Experience, the Lincoln Center presented four internationally acclaimed choirs performing all 150 psalms in musical settings crossing centuries—including commissions by today’s composers—over 12 luminous concerts in venues across the city.

Conlon Foundation
Utrecht, The Netherlands

The Uncaged: Conlon Robot Keyboard Prize 2017, September and December, 2017.

Early Music Foundation
New York, NY

The 6th New York Early Music Celebration – Music from the Age of Vermeer, October 13 – 22, 2017, including musicians from the Netherlands and Belgium such as chamber ensemble Camerata Trajectina, vocal ensemble Camerata Pratensis, flutist Barthold Kuijken, and carilloneur Geert D’Hollander.

Camerata Trajectina – Monday October 16, 2017 – Maison Française, Columbia University

Cappella Pratensis – Sunday October 15, 2017 – Music Before 1800, Corpus Christi Church

Camerata Trajectina – Wednesday October 18, 2017 – The Morgan Library & Museum

LAHO Group
Los Angeles, CA

Jazz concert tour in the Netherlands ft. Ben van Gelder, October 6 -21, 2017.

Codarts Rotterdam
Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Codarts Rotterdam@The Ailey School, a visit of 15 dancers and 3 persons teaching staff of Codarts to The Ailey School in New York City, as part of an exchange project, May 19 – May 26, 2018.

The Hague, The Netherlands

New pieces commissioned from Pepijn Streng (Hengelo, The Netherlands), to be performed during a concert in New York at the Manhattan School of Music, December 11, 2017. The duo also performed at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington, DC, on December 13, 2017 (see below photos).

Formerly known as Duo Lorenci-Mlačnik, this prize-winning duo of saxophone and percussion brings new, fresh and exciting feel to classical and contemporary chamber music. Coming from Slovenia, Janina Lorenci and Lola Mlačnik formed the duo while studying at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Their repertoire is as rare and refreshing as the combination itself. Striving to expand the collection of pieces for the combination they arrange existing repertoire as well as commission new works from today’s well known composers. They play pieces that represent their musical message – high quality classical contemporary music that is accessible to larger audiences, groovy, animated and as diverse as the collection of instruments they perform on.


National Sawdust
Brooklyn, New York

Secrets, a piece of music-theatre featuring Amsterdam-based singer and performance artist Claron McFadden and the jazz trio Massot-Florizoone-Horbaczewski, to be performed January 14, 2018.

Nederlands Dans Theater
The Hague, The Netherlands

U.S tours of NDT1 (Ann Arbor, Chapel Hill, and Washington, DC) and NDT2 (Jacobs Pillow Festival) in 2018.

Dog Star Orchestra
Los Angeles, CA

Dutch pianist Reinier van Houdt’s participation in the Dog Star Orchestra Festival in Los Angeles, June 2018. The 13th edition of the Dog Star Orchestra will feature ten concerts. Most years more than 60 musicians participate as composers and performers. This year the Orchestra will present John Cage’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra, an experimental music classic, featuring a piano part with 84 different kinds of notation (according to Cage). The Dog Star Orchestra has over the years played many of Cage’s most recalcitrant works. Through these experiences a large number of Los Angeles musicians have deep experience in the processes of Cage’s music. The festival is curated by Michael Pisaro.

Reinier van Houdt studied piano at the Listz-Akademie in Budapest and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Throughout this time he developed a fascination for matters that escape notation: sound, timing, space, physicality, memory, noise, envrionment – points beyond composition, interpretation and improvisation. He has over the course of a variety of projects over the past 20 years established himself as a pianist with an inventive spirit and imaginative reach, and has built himself an unusual repertoire resulting from personal quests, collaborations with composers & musicians, research in archives, and the composing and staging of music-performances or unorthodox studies of classical music. Van Houdt has also worked with John Cage.

Reinier van Houdt. Photo by Michel Marang.

Stichting Metro54
The Hague, The Netherlands

Collaboration between Amsterdam-based Metro54 and Black Constellation from the USA and Canada. Sit For A Spell: A Work in the Spirit of Science Faction is to be presented during the Rotterdam International Film Festival on January 27, 2018, and Other Futures Festival in Amsterdam on February 3, 2018.

Metro54 is an urban arts platform, based in Amsterdam, for young artists, performers, and other creators who explore the boundaries of their (art) disciplines, paying specific attention to talents who take inspiration from the world’s metropolitan melting pots. Metro54 organizes interactive programs, exhibitions, and (pop-up) events for a predominantly young audience.

The Black Constellation collective is comprised of Shabazz Palaces (Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire), Erik Blood (w/Irene Barber), OC Notes, Stas Thee Boss, Porter Ray (w/DJ Brian Ovalles), JusMoni, Nicholas Galanin, Nep Sidhu, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Alejandro Iragorri, Geoff Gillis, and Negarra A. Kudumu. It has distinguished itself as one of the most unique, productive, and impactful interdisciplinary arts collectives of the contemporary art and music worlds. Individually members have exhibited and performed at major arts institutions and music venues in the United States, Canada, Europe, and various countries in Asia and Latin America.

This collaboration with Metro54 marks the first the entire collective will exhibit together two distinct iterations of a site specific, durational installation, which will include the creation of fifteen new art works, unique set design, and interactive performance developed specially for the Rotterdam International Film Festival and Other Futures, Amsterdam.

Other Minds
San Francisco, CA

Dutch sound poet Jaap Blonk is scheduled to participate in the Other Minds Festival 23: International Sound Poetry, Language Art and Text-Sound Composition, San Francisco, April 9 – 14, 2018. Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, The Netherlands) is a self-taught composer, performer, and poet. He went to university for mathematics and musicology, and took up saxophone in the late 1970’s, which is when he started to compose music. He is currently one of the leading contemporary performers of sound poetry worldwide. Other Minds has invited him to be on of the lead performers in a constellation of figures that will include artists from Italy, Norway, Sweden, and the United States. Blonk will perform his original compositions as well as historical works by Kurt Schwitters and others from the early 20th Century, scheduled for the Opening Night on April 9th, as well as on April 11th, and April 12th. On April 10th Blonk will give a workshop for the public, and will participate as both a performer and a panel member in other public workshops.

Other Minds, founded in 1992, is dedicated to the encouragement of avant-garde music in all its forms through concerts, workshops, and programs that bring together artists and audiences of all traditions, generations and cultural backgrounds. It seeks to expand the definition of “serious music” by fostering cross-cultural exchange and creative dialogue and by exploring areas in new music seldom touched upon by mainstream music institutions.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will perform at Carnegie Hall, January 17 – 18, 2018. The Orchestra is conducted by Daniele Gatti, and will be accompanied by Dutch violinist Janine Jansen on the 18th.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
WAGNER Prelude to Act III and Good Friday Spell from Parsifal
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9

Parsifal, Wagner’s final opera, is a majestic work that reaches heavenly heights in its spiritually transcendent third act. Wagner was Bruckner’s idol, and the sweeping breadth and tonal language of the older composer inspired much of his music. At the time of his death, Bruckner had only completed three movements of his Ninth Symphony, but what he left is compelling and deeply touching. His symphony ascends from a musical primordial haze to a finale that explores new harmonies and peace in its quiet closing benediction. (Carnegie Hall)

Thursday, January 18, 2018
BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1
MAHLER Symphony No. 1

“It’s one of astonishing power and beauty,” said The New York Times of violinist Janine Jansen’s “full-bodied, polished-wood sound.” She is the soloist in one of the Romantic era’s great works: Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. It is certainly a showpiece for the soloist, but the concerto is also a work of tremendous lyricism and emotional weight. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is one of the great Mahler orchestras, performing the composer’s Symphony No. 1 at Carnegie Hall—a work that delights with its sounds of nature and lilt of folk song, while uplifting the spirit with its sublime climax. (Carnegie Hall)

Chief conductor Daniele Gatti and violinist Janine Jansen

Walker Art Center – Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Minneapolis, MN

Performance of Dutch choreographer Jan Martens’ work The Dog Days Are Over, and Rule of Three by Marten’s company at the Walker’s McGuire Theater, March 9-10, 2018. This ecstatic and mathematical hour-long work features eight performers who surrender themselves to a single movement: the jump. This work has captivated audiences across Europe since 2009. Excerpt performances of Rule of Three will be presented during a well-attended free public evening geared toward culturally and ethnically diverse young adults. Martens will also participate in a post-performance discussion with the audience, meet with different curators across disciplines at the Walker, and teach a masterclass for area dancers and performers.

Martens studied at Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg, The Netherlands, and graduated from the dance department of the Artesis Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. He has been choreographing his own work since 2010, garnering major awards as well as prestigious festival and art center invitations to perform. His awards include the Prince Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prize North Brabant (2014) and the Charlotte Kohler Prize (2015). he currently serves as Creative Associate at the International Campus (2017-2021) and is Artist Associate at CDCN Le Gymnase in Roubaix, Nord Pas de Calais (2016-2018).


The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Poughkeepsie, NY

Non-commercial publication of a book of essays, in honor of Prof. Susan Donahue Kuretsky, by her students.

Prof. Susan Donahue Kuretsky is Professor of Art on the Sarah Gibson Blanding Chair at Vassar College. A specialist in Dutch art of the seventeenth century, she received her A.B. from Vassar College and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. As Sarah Gibson Blanding Professor of Art, she teaches courses at Vassar in northern Renaissance and Baroque art, as well as a freshman writing course. She has also taught at Boston University and at Smith College (as Kennedy Professor of Renaissance Studies).

Professor Kuretsky is the author of a monograph on the Dutch genre painter, Jacob Ochtervelt and co-author (with Arthur Wheelock and George Keyes) of Masters of Dutch Painting, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Dutch Paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts. She has also been a planner and co-author for two international exhibition catalogues: Gods, Saints and Heroes (at the National Gallery in Washington and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam) and Great Dutch Paintings in America (at the Mauritshuis in The Hague and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco). In 2005 she was the organizer and curator of a traveling loan exhibition: Time and Transformation in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art, at the Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, the Ringling Museum in Sarasota and the Speed Art Museum in Louisville. She has published numerous articles on Rembrandt as a printmaker (the focus of her current research) and has lectured widely at colleges, universities and museums.

Academy Art Museum
Easton, MD

Production of the book Jan Baptist Weenix and Jan Weenix: The Paintings (Catalogue Raisonné), to be published by Waanders Uitgevers, Zwolle, The Netherlands, in 2018.


Gabri Christa
Curacao / New York, NY

Production of the film Magdalena, set to premier in the spring of 2018.

Part of a multi-media performance memoir named Magdalena, the film Magdalena is an important aspect of the piece, shown within the performance as one of the story telling aspects, but will also be shown as an independent piece in the Netherlands, Curacao and New York. Magdalena is a solo performance that takes on the life of Christa’s mother, Josephina Magdalena Aleida de Jong, and reveals big issues coming to light in her life: Race relationships, post-traumatic stress, immigration, motherhood, and dementia. Christa’s work often deals specifically with her Dutch African Diaspora background, but with Magdalena, for the first time looks as her own Dutch (white) side through the life of her mother, who is from a very modest Dutch background, and her experience during WWII, the bombing of Rotterdam, the marriage to Christa’s father and her struggle with dementia fueled the narrative for this memoir.

Gabri Christa

Cultural Grants 2016


Wyckoff House Museum
New York, NY

Fall 2016 Artist Residency for Dutch artist Farida Sedoc, August 12 – October 24, 2016. The residency, Thread Lines, explored themes and relationships with fabrics, fibers, and textiles through the lens of shared cultural heritage. The program consisted of an artist residency, seven weekly open studio programs, public hands-on workshops, and a final exhibition, Thread Lines: Cross-Cultural Textile Traditions in The Netherlands, the Caribbean and America, and reception.

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA)
Peekskill, NY

Remy Jungerman’s participation in the HVCCA’s Residency Program, December 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017.


Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA

Dutch social practice artist Jeanne van Heeswijk’s participation in Philadelphia Assembled / PHLA: Atmospheres of Democracy, presented September 10 – December 10, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA.

Dutch Interaction Designer Jeanne van Heeswijk

Philadelphia Assembled – Artistic Team. Photo by Joseph Hu.

Installation view of the Sovereignty Gallery, showing objects that relate to sovereignty fro mA to Z. Photo by Joseph Hu.


Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
New York, NY

Fall Fest 2016, held on October 1, 2016.


New Amsterdam History Center
Brooklyn, NY

Seminar ‘The Dutch and Native Americans in New Netherland’ hosted by the Netherland Club of New York, November 3, 2016. In this panel presentation three University professors and specialists in their field will discuss the diplomatic stresses, trade, cooperation and conflicts between the Dutch and the Indian tribes, and their interaction with the English during the brief period of Dutch rule in New Netherland in the 17th Century. The participants in the panel presentation are: Daniel K. Richter of the University of Pennsylvania & Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Andrew Lipman of Barnard College, Columbia University, and Cynthia Van Zandt of the University of New Hampshire.

Center for Advanced Musical Studies (CAMS)
Hanover, NH

Visiting resident artist, Dutch trumpeter Marco Blaauw, June 19 – July 3, 2017.

Dutch Trumpeter Marco Blaauw


The Frick Collection
New York, NY

Exhibition Divine Encounter: Rembrandt’s Abraham and the Angels, on view May 30 – August 20, 2017.

Rembrandt (1606–1669) Abraham Entertaining the Angels, 1646 Oil on oak panel 6 3/8 x 8 3/8 inches (16.1 x 21.1 cm) Private collection Photo: Michael Bodycomb

This captivating, small, and luminous oil painting on panel, generously lent from a private collection, has been exhibited only a handful of times in its history and was last on public view ten years ago. This exceptional loan inspired a tightly focused exhibition in which the painting appeared alongside other depictions by Rembrandt of the Old Testament figure Abraham—a spectacular selection of prints and drawings from American and international collections. Divine Encounter: Rembrandt’s Abraham and the Angels offered a rare opportunity to examine the artist’s continuing engagement with the Abraham narrative and thus with the central themes of his work as a history painter: divine intervention, revelation, and prophecy.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY

Exhibition The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers, on view February 7 – May 21, 2017.

Hercules Segers, Plateau in Rocky Mountains. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Center for Architecture
New York, NY

Photo exhibition Architecture of Independence by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan, February 16 – May 27, 2017.

The Kenyatta International Conference Center in Nairobi, Kenya, by Karl Henrik Nostvik, from 1967-73. Photo by Iwan Baan.

By Jason Farago of the New York Times: “Through dozens of case studies, from apartment blocks and government ministries to universities and convention centers, “Architecture of Independence” uncovers not only the unsung splendor of African cities but also the contemporary lives of schoolchildren, office workers and street vendors of today’s Dakar or Nairobi.

The nations studied here won independence between 1957 and 1964, and a massive timeline maps their economic gyrations, stumbles toward democracy, and soccer successes from liberation to the present. With independence came construction, from private and public sectors alike. In these countries’ capitals, International Style architecture became a marker of new nationalist ambition, whether in Abidjan, the economic engine of Ivory Coast, which built high rises resembling those of La Défense in Paris, or in Lusaka, where a new building for Zambia’s National Assembly comprised a long concrete block supported by dainty pilotis. (The show’s curator, Manuel Herz, focuses on independent countries and thus excludes cities that experienced significant modernist building under colonial rule — notably Asmara, Eritrea, a preserve of architecture of Fascist-era Italy, and Maputo, Mozambique, where Portuguese architects tried out a subtropical Brutalism.)

Museum of the City of New York
New York, NY

City of Masts, 1609-1898 gallery of the permanent exhibition New York at Its Core. Opened November, 2016.


7 Stages Theater
Atlanta, GA

Youth Creates artistic exchange program with ArtQuake in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands. June – August, 2016.

Hope College
Holland, MI

Gala concert East Meets West on a Tango, the U.S. premier of Theo Loevendie’s work, at Hope College in Holland, MI. April 1, 2016.

Defibrillator Gallery
Chicago, IL

Dutch performance artist Peter Baren’s participation in the Rapid Pulse International Performance Art festival. June 1 – 5, 2016 in Chicago, USA.

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Brooklyn, NY

Children’s theater debut performance Expeditie Peter Pan, by Het Laagland. March, 2017.

Photo by Joost Milde

Center for Contemporary Opera
New York, NY

Performances of Anais Nin and Odysseus Women at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. October 15, 2016.

Anais Nin

Het Klankcafe
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Het Klankcafe on Tour recorded at the Netherland Club of New York, on occasion of operas Anais Nin and Odysseus Women, October 2016. Click below to view and listen to this very special episode of Het Klankcafe on Dutch classical music in New York with special guests violinist Tosca Opdam, composer Ruben Naeff, opera director Jorinde Keesmaat, composer and pianist Louis Andriessen, and others.

Stichting i piccolo holandesi
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Recitals of Harry, Heine in Holland in New York and California, October, 2016.

Koninklijk Conservatorium / Royal Conservatoire
The Hague, The Netherlands

Ultimate Bach, an exchange program with The Julliard School, with performances conducted by Ton Koopmans on November 18 & 19 in Boston & New York and December 8 – 10, 2016, in The Hague, Leiden and Deventer.

Nederlands Dans Theater
The Hague, The Netherlands

Performances of Stop Motion, Safe as houses, The Statement, and Woke up blind by NDT1 at New York City Center, November 16-19, 2016.

THE STATEMENT. Photo by Rahi Rezvani.

Origin Theater
New York, NY

Production of the English Translation of Dutch play Poison (Gif), November 9 – December 11, 2016.

Stichting Mes in het Water
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Performance of Wende sings Winterreise at National Sawdust, Brooklyn on December 14, 2016.

UCLA Department of Theater
Los Angeles, CA

12 theater performances of AMONG US at Live Arts Exchange, September 16 – October 2, 2016.

Oerol 2015 -Roma B. Onder ons deel 2 © Saris & Den Engelsman

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

US Concert Tour, November 29-30, 2016.


New Netherland Museum
Albany, NY

Publication of the book The Spirit of the Half Moon.

Publication The Spirit of The Half Moon

The book is available for purchase online here.

The Wolfsonian / Florida International University
Miami Beach, FL

Production of the companion book to the exhibition Modern Dutch Design, on view November 18, 2016 – April 23, 2017.

Modern Dutch Design. Photo courtesy of The Wolfsonian.


Laurence Geurtz
The Netherlands

Categorization, digitization and study of the archives of Swiss-born American muralist, sculptor and photographer, Lucienne Bloch (1909-1999), for an exhibition in the National Glass Museum Leerdam, the Netherlands. Research took place September, 2016.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Research and development for the publication of the map and book Mapping Dutch New York: Including the History of Slavery and African Heritage.

Cultural Grants 2015


Katinka Marac
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Performance of Ephemeral, choreographed by Nina Gibson, lighting design by Katinka Marac

Performance of Ephemeral, choreographed by Nina Gibson, lighting design by Katinka Marac. Photo credit: Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet

To support a residency at Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Katinka Marac is a Dutch lighting designer for contemporary dance and performance based in Amsterdam. The project involved her participation in the performance Ephemeral, an evening length work choreographed for seven dancers in which the lighting design was developed parallel to the choreography. The piece premiered in the Philadelphia Screendance Festival February 16-21, 2016.

Beautiful Distress Foundation
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

To support the Beautiful Distress Dutch artist-in-residence program at Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC), Brooklyn. The foundation was initiated by Dr. Wilco Tuinebreijer, Chief of Psychiatry at Amsterdam Municipal Health Services, with the support of professionals in business and the arts. Inspired by “Het VijfdeSeizoen” (The Fifth Season), a project that has run since 1998 in Den Dolder, Netherlands, Beautiful Distress seeks to internationalize the concept of exposing established artists to the realities of a psychiatric institutional setting, aiming to effect better policies for psychiatric care. In the pilot year, the foundation sent four artists from The Netherlands to KCHC’s Behavioral Health Center for 2-3 months each.


Dyckman Farmhouse
New York, NY

To support a five-day community program, November 4-8, 2015. Visitors to the program had the option of placing their faces into cardboard cutouts of paintings by artists such as Johannes Vermeer, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt van Rijn. This interactive experience helped to engage underserved audiences around the Dyckman Farmhouse in the rich history and influences of Dutch culture.

Marieke Warmelink
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

To support the Embassy of Goodwill with its project One Hour of Free Help during the “Art in Odd Places” festival October 8-11, 2015 at Union Square in New York City.




The project, by Marieke Warmelink and Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries, aimed to raise the social reputation of the Netherlands during a time of uncharacteristic intolerance and growing fear of dissidents and political fear-based populism. The Embassy of Goodwill encourages people to act with curiosity and openness to each other, to reclaim and reuse populism in a fertile and social way.

‘t Klokhuis
Gilette, New Jersey

To support the planning and facilitation of the celebration of King’s Day, organized by t’Klokhuis and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York at the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan.


Highland Green Foundation
Stamford, CT

To support the travel of Dr. Kristel de Vis of the University of Antwerp to present her work at Fish Church in Stamford, Connecticut, during the symposium Conservation Conundrums for Dalle de Verre Sacred Spaces on September 26, 2015. Dr. De Vis is an expert on conservation of stained glass by polymer treatments. Her most recent work “The Consolidation of Cracks and the Fissures in Dalle de Verre” provides a crucial step in establishing good practices for conservation. The church was the first use of the Dutch technique “schokbeton” in the U.S. Water infiltration has since weakened the dalle de verre making up the stained glass walls of the building. 

Jacques Munnecom
Utrecht, The Netherlands

To support the travel of Jacques Munnecom to present at the 47th International Horn Symposium August 2-8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Highly regarded professors presented lectures at the symposium, offering Munnecom useful information about the American horn tradition, strengthening his teaching in the Netherlands.

New Amsterdam History Center
New York, NY

To support the lecture New Netherland and New England Women Compared: Powers, Oppressions, Aspirations on March 31, 2016 at West End Collegiate Church in Manhattan. Four historians spoke on a particular demographic followed by a roundtable discussion involving the audience.


Amsterdam Museum
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Marcel van Tiggelen, retired graffiti artist and co-curator, Graffiti-New York Meets the Dam addressing NAF Alumni tour. Photo credit: Victoria Lynford

Marcel van Tiggelen, retired graffiti artist and co-curator, Graffiti-New York Meets the Dam addressing NAF Alumni tour group. Photo credit: Victoria Lynford

To support the exhibition Graffiti-New York Meets the Dam at the Amsterdam Museum September 18, 2015 through January 24, 2016. The exhibition built upon the Museum of the City of New York’s 2014 exhibition City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection and supplemented it with graffiti from the streets of Amsterdam. It demonstrated how graffiti from New York from the 70’s and 80’s influenced graffiti in Amsterdam. The show included 150 works ranging from sketchbooks to works on canvas by artists such as Keith Haring, graffiti tags, works on film and jean jackets.

Consul General of New York Rob de Vos and Marion de Vos with Kadir van Lohuizen. Photo credit: The Netherland-America Foundation

Bronx Documentary Center
New York, NY

CGNY Rob de Vos and Marion de Vos with photographer Kadir van Lohuizen at Bronx Documentary Center

Consul General of the Netherlands in New York Rob de Vos and Marion de Vos with photographer Kadir van Lohuizen at Bronx Documentary Center. Photo credit: NAF

To support the multimedia exhibition Via PanAm by Dutch photographer Kadir van Lohuizen October 17-December 13, 2015. The artist’s visual investigation on migration in the Americas contains material from a 12-month trip along the Pan American Highway. His work’s relevance is based on the influx of South American immigrants to the Bronx. In order to extend his exhibition beyond the gallery, he worked with the Bronx Photo league to photograph immigrants in the community. The Center hosted six Bronx school groups for tours, screened four relevant documentary films and conducted a free immigrant rights workshop for the community.

Cecilia Vissers
Sint-Oedenrode, The Netherlands

To support the exhibition Vissers/Tabatabai at the inde/jacobs Gallery in Marfa, Texas October 9, 2015 through January 9, 2016. Cecilia Vissers is a Dutch artist whose abstract, wall-based objects and installations are grounded in the remote and dramatic landscapes of Scotland and Ireland. She works with specialized industries in the Netherlands and Germany to obtain the right finish of the steel and aluminum wall plates. The book “BEYOND” was launched on occasion of the exhibition.

City of Chicago-Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago, IL

 Strandebeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen. Photo Credit: City of Chicago, Dept. of Cultural Affairs

Strandebeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen. Photo Credit: City of Chicago, Dept. of Cultural Affairs

To support the presentation of Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen at the Chicago Cultural Center, February 6-May 1, 2016. Strandbeesten are large-scale kinetic sculptures with unique locomotion. This exhibition includes some of Theo Jansen’s newest sculptures and the never before seen Animaris Umerus Segundus, as well as retired sculptures, artist sketches, immersive video and photography by Lena Herzog, who has documented his work over the past seven years.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University
New York, NY

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606-1669). Woman Sitting Half-Dressed Beside a Stove, 1658, State VI of VII. Etching, engraving, and drypoint; sheet: 22.6 x 19.0 cm, plate: 22.8 x 18.7 cm. Harvard Art Museums, Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA, gift of William Gray from the collection of Francis Calley Gray (G3261). Photo courtesy Harvard Art Museums. Photo credit:

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606-1669). Woman Sitting Half-Dressed Beside a Stove, 1658, State VI of VII. Etching, engraving, and drypoint; sheet: 22.6 x 19.0 cm, plate: 22.8 x 18.7 cm. Harvard Art Museums, Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA, gift of William Gray from the collection of Francis Calley Gray (G3261). Photo courtesy Harvard Art Museums. Photo credit:

To support the exhibition Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions at The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University September 9-December 12, 2015. The exhibition was curated by Robert Fucci of the Department of Art History & Archeology, Columbia University and David E. Finley, Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA). It presented 20-22 works, with 2 or more impressions (featuring reworks, additions, subtractions and radical changes) of each, totaling 65-70 images. A publication by the same name makes all the images publicly available.

Desiree van Hoek
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

To support the photo exhibition The Row at The Woodbury School of Architecture in Los Angeles, California on October 8-25, 2015. Since 2008, photographer Desirée van Hoek has been travelling to Skid Row in Los Angeles, one of the U.S.’s poorest neighborhoods, focusing on the beauty instead of the drugs and violence.

The Morgan Library
New York, NY

To support the exhibition Rembrandt’s First Masterpiece June 3-September 18, 2016. Completed when he was just 23 years old, Rembrandt’s Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver has long been recognized as the artist’s first masterpiece, demonstrating many of the characteristics that would come to define his style. Long held in a British private collection, the painting will be shown in the U.S. for the first time at the Morgan. The painting is one of very few Rembrandt works for which several preparatory drawings survive. The exhibition reunites the painting and the drawings for the first time since their creation.

Museum of the City of New York
New York, NY

To support the development of the first of three galleries in the exhibition New York City at its Core scheduled to open November 18, 2016. Gallery 1 is named “City of Masts” and focuses on the early Dutch history of New York City. Gallery 2 is named “20th Century New York” and Gallery 3 is named “Future of the City Lab”. The exhibition has a large educational component for children (field trips and programs), educators and the public. It is planned to stay for 10-15 years.

New York Historical Society Museum & Library
New York, NY

To support refurbishing of the display of the permanent collection in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture in 2016. There will be an area dedicated to “Dutch New York” featuring the collection emphasizing the Dutch roots and persistence of Dutch culture in New York well after the English conquest. Specifically the museum will build upon the work undertaken in collaboration with the Bard Graduate Center for the groundbreaking exhibition Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick, a textile trader who spent her life between Malacca and Flatbush, the extremes of the Dutch colonial world (an exhibition also supported by the NAF).

Randy Nutt
Miami, FL

To support a solo exhibition at the KunstGalerie Notre Dame des Arts, Ubbergen, Netherlands, October 1-November 1, 2016. Inspired by the light in the exhibition gallery, Randy Nutt created works specifically for this space. During his stay in the Netherlands, he studied Dutch contemporary art collections across the country and had a residency in Arnhem to create new works inspired by artistic experiences and cross-cultural interactions.

Perez Art Museum Miami
Miami, FL

Installation shot of Speechless at the Perez Art Museum Miami. Photo credit: Perez Art Museum Miami

Installation shot of Speechless at the Perez Art Museum Miami. Photo credit: Perez Art Museum Miami

To support Dutch artist team Bik Van der Pol (Liesbeth Bik and Jos van der Pol) to make a site specific work. Speechless is a multilayered exploration of how we speak about the precarious state of the natural world. The work consisted of a custom-built aviary housing four parrots taught to mimic phrases from T.S. Elliot’s seminal 1922 poem, “The Waste Land,” comparing landscape devastated by war to the ecological devastation of today. Part poetic gesture and radical expression, Speechless addresses the power of language within political contexts, and our ability to understand and discuss environmental degradation. The work was inspired, in part, by recent debate in Florida’s state government regarding the use of controversial terms such as “climate change” and “global warming. Speechless was exhibited from August 13. 2015 through February 21, 2016.


Anne Frank Center USA
New York, NY

To support “Dutch Films in Focus”, part of the Center’s Human Rights Film Series. The Human Rights Film Series was part of the year-long program for the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of the camps, the end of WWII and the death of Anne Frank. The movies, screened in November 2015, explore the lasting impact of the holocaust on survivors and their children, notions of nationalism and accountability and the enduring legacy of Anne Frank. 

Petra Noordkamp
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

To support travel by the artist, Petra Noordkamp, to attend the opening of her film project commissioned by Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum about “Cretto” in Gabellini, Italy (an enormous land art project of Alberto Burri). The film was screened at the Guggenheim in New York City on October 9, 2015.


American Composers Orchestra (ACA)
New York, NY

To support Nieuw Amsterdams Peil to perform at Le Poisson Rouge for American Composer Orchestra’s festival SONiC on October 19, 2015. Sounds of a New Century (SONiC) is a 9-day festival highlighting more than 100 composers under 40. Besides Le Poisson Rouge, other venues used during this festival were Carnegie Hall, The Kitchen, the World Trade Center, Roulette, BAMcafe, The Joyce Soho and others. Nieuw Amsterdams Peil (NAP), formed in 2005, focuses on chamber music by composers of widely divergent musical trends. Their founding members, violinist Heleen Hulst and pianist Gerard Bouwhuis are specialists in the performance of new music.

Arise Kampen
Kampen, The Netherlands

To support Arise Kampen on a tour entitled ArisetoLA to Los Angeles in 2015. In 2014, the Los Angeles-based Episcopal Chorale traveled to the Netherlands and performed with Arise Kampen. Arise Kampen in turn traveled to the U.S. in 2015 to again perform with Episcopal Chorale. The focus was on cultural exchange between the choirs by performing works by Händel and Vivaldi, gospel and negro spirituals of Episcopal Chorale and the gospels and Close Harmony of Arise Kampen.

Artists Alliance, Inc.
New York, NY

To support an immersive art installation and performance event inside the landmarked Clemente (PS 160) building on the Lower East Side, in which Artists Alliance, Inc. is located. The project, taking place November 2015 through January 2016, celebrated the building’s Dutch neo-gothic architecture and history and the enduring legacy of the Dutch roots of Manhattan. Visual artist and choreographer Gabrielle Mertz was commissioned for the project.

Cooperatie TAAK
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

To support a Summer School program for Dutch and American students in Marfa, Texas. In the 70’s conceptual artist Donald Judd marked and shaped a unique artistic climate in Marfa. The program focuses on natural, sociological and cultural changes within the community in the last decades and the students work on their own projects around these themes. 

Early Music Foundation
New York, NY


In support of Música Temprana’s performance at Corpus Christi Church in Manhattan on October 17, 2015. Based in the Netherlands, Música Temprana is directed by Adrián Rodriquez van der Spoel.

Junior Jazz Unlimited
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Junior Jazz Unlimited Bigband performance at West End Collegiate Dhurch, New York City. Photo credit:

Junior Jazz Unlimited Bigband performance at West End Collegiate Dhurch, New York City. Photo credit:

To support a cultural exchange with the New York Jazz Workshop. Junior Jazz Unlimited, a big band with musicians 14–17 years old, part of the Amsterdam School for Music, has previously performed North Sea Jazz Festival, The Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bimhuis and Paradiso. During this trip they performed at several different venues including West End Collegiate Church, the Netherland Club of New York and Sylvana, a restaurant in Harlem.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY

To support the New York Premiere of The News by Jacob TV on April 14, 2015. Jacob ter Veldhuis (Jacob TV) began his career as a rock musician and went on to study composition and electronic music at the Conservatory of Groningen. He creates compositions for orchestras, ensembles, quartets, visual artists and film. The News is a 90-minute multimedia reality opera based on non-fiction footage, and involves a remix of musical composition, video production and social commentary expressed through performances by vocalists (Nora Fisher and Lori Cotler) and nine musicians (Fulcrum Point New Music Project).

Public Works Department
New York, NY

To support the production of Port Cities, an international performance event produced by Talya Chalef linking five cities along 17th century Dutch trade routes: Western Australia to Cape Town South Africa, Amsterdam, New York and the old port of Jakarta. The project explores the interconnected heritage of these cities. In New York, the performance investigated the ghosts of Wall Street, a musical score with generative projection visuals and performers who move, morph and mix between early settler icons and modern characters. Topics include the 2008 economic crash, 17th century Dutch Tulip Mania and archeological finds of the slave burial ground and Dutch trade ship in lower Manhattan. The event premiered in May, 2016.

Sarah Cameron Sunde
New York, NY

To support 36.5 / a durational performance with the sea at Oeral Festival and SAIL IJmuiden & Amsterdam. During this performance, New York-based artist, Sarah Cameron Sunde stands in a tidal bay for a full tidal cycle. Over the course of 12-13 hours the water engulfs her and recedes again. The project is a response to Hurricane Sandy’s impact on New York City, with iterations in Maine, Mexico and San Francisco. The long-term plan is to create live images of encounters between individuals and the sea on all six livable continents over the course of the next 3-5 years. It will culminate with a large-scale event in New York City with 100+ people standing in the water and thousands elsewhere around the globe, all considering sea-level rise on the same day in August 2020.

Search & Restore
New York, NY

To support legendary Dutch artists The Ex from Amsterdam to perform at Le Poisson Rouge during the Winter Jazz Fest on January 13-16, 2016. The Ex have been around for over 30 years, evolving and fueling their creativity with collaboration. They come from a puck rock aesthetic but have played with renowned drummers and saxophonists from the States and Africa. The Winter Jazzfest draws on average 5,000 spectators every year.

Tineke Postma
Kockengen, The Netherlands

To support the American Jazz Collective Sonic Halo to perform in the Netherlands in April 2016. Sonic Halo is an American jazz collective, co-led by soprano saxophonist Greg Osby and alto and soprano saxophonist Tineke Postma. The collective was founded in 2013 from collaborations with New York City musicians over the past 10 years. Since then, they have played the North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam), The Jazz Gallery (New York) and Leuven Jazz Fest (Belgium), receiving critical acclaim along the way. During their tour, Sonic Halo performed at 13 different venues.

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Tineke Postma with legendary tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders at the University of Pittsburgh. Photo credit: University of Pittsburgh

Tineke Postma with legendary tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders at the University of Pittsburgh. Photo credit: University of Pittsburgh

To support renowned Dutch jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader Tineke Postma to participate in the 45th Annual Jazz Seminar and Concert November 7, 2015 at the University of Pittsburgh. The 45th Annual Jazz Seminar and Concert was a weeklong series featuring renowned artists and free on-campus seminars at the University of Pittsburgh, and is the longest running of its kind. Ms. Postma conducted a performance clinic, a “Women-in-Jazz” interview, and a live internet performance between Amsterdam and Pittsburgh during the concert along with other jazz artists.


Nicolette C. Sluijter-Seijffert
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

To support the English translation of Nicolette C. Sluijter-Siejffert’s Cornelis van Poelenburch (1594/5-1667): The Paintings The monograph includes a biography, Poelenburch’s position in the seventeenth-century art market, forerunners in Italy and the Netherlands and his oeuvre, including over 200 illustrations, many in color.


Foundation Hidden Narratives of Limburg
Eijsden, The Netherlands

To support a three part oral history project entitled “Liberators of Color”. Part I comprises interviews with ‘children of color’, children born in 1944/45 from African-American fathers and Dutch mothers. Part II comprises finding relatives of the 155 African-American soldiers buried in at the WWII Cemetery in Margraten, Limburg. Part III is archival research to find records to put the stories of the children of color in perspective. The project will result in a website, documentary, story book and scientific research results.

Museum De Lakenhal
Leiden, The Netherlands

To support curator Doris Wintgens Hötte’s travel to the United States in preparation for the exhibition Nelly & Peggy. Advocates of De Stijl.  The exhibition is scheduled for Fall 2017.

Cultural Grants 2014


Beautiful Distress Foundation
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

To support the artist-in-residence program at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn. Beautiful Distress is a foundation initiated by Dr. Wilco Tuinebreijer, chief of psychiatry at Amsterdam Municipal Health Services (GGD), with the support of professionals in business and the arts. The foundation aims to use artwork to remove the stigma of psychiatric illness, and enable the public to better understand it. Inspired by project ‘Het VijfdeSeizoen’ (The Fifth Season), a project that has run since 1998 in Den Dolder, the Netherlands, the Beautiful Distress Foundation wants to internationalize the concept of exposing established artists to the realities of a psychiatric institutionalized setting by doing an artist in residence project at such an institution.

Ivo Bol
Brooklyn, NY

To support the residency of Ivo Bol, who was invited by choreographer Luis Lara Malavacias for a two week residency at Greenspan Centre in Brooklyn. During this residency Ivo Bol composed electronic music for Malavacias ‘new work “Not Meant To Be Reviewed”, commissioned by Danspace Project.

Julie Flohr
Chicago, IL

To support the residency of Julie Flohr at the EKWC@Sunday morning. While in residency, Julie plans to execute a personal artistic project, titled: “New Plastic Projections in Architecture”, which uses ceramics to apply political dimension to today’s architecture. Her project relates architecture’s structural and textural ornamentation to its politics. It will take on the form of an over scaled chess set; a hybrid between a miniature city and an over scaled product. The final product will be presented in ceramics.

Darryl Lauster
Arlington, TX

To support the residency of American Intermedia artist Darryl Lauster at Foundation id11, in Delft, Netherlands. The residency comprised of a one month site-specific research in the Noordoostpolder, a public lecture and video screening of the work.

Jason Sachs
Chicago, IL

To support the residency at the European Ceramic Workcenter in ‘s Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, in summer 2014. Jason is interested in the innovative new model for design: the fluidity of creative process between stages of concept, creation, formation and fabrication. He currently works on ‘Post-Objects’ which encompasses a range of possible outcomes, which depends on the customer and his/her needs. At the residency, he will continue experimenting with algorithmic computation and ceramic 3-d printing. He teaches at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sidney Scully
The Hague, The Netherlands

To support the residency of Sidney Scully, a 20 year-old classical and contemporary dancer to perform with De Dutch Junior Dance Division based in the Hague. De Dutch Junior Dance Division is a group of seven young dancers, who perform, teach and study under the direction of Thom Stuart and Rinus Sprong.


The Anne Frank Center
New York, NY

To support the special exhibitions and programs for adults and students to honor the victims, survivors and “upstanders” of World War II, the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators during Spring 2015.

‘t Klokhuis
Gilette, NJ

To support the 2014 King’s day event at Battery Park, New York City.


Ivy Circle Netherlands
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

To support the 2014 Yale Global Alumni Leadership Exchange at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands on May 12, 2014.

New Netherlands Institute
New York, NY

To support a series of five lectures/workshops (60-90 minutes each), specifically designed to teachers at different locations in collaboration with other institutions. The lectures were held during Fall 2015 at the New York Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York and the New York State Library.


Birmingham Museum of Art
Birmingham, AL

To support the exhibition Small Treasures: Masterpieces by Vermeer, Van Dyck, and Their Contemporaries from January 31-April 26, 2015. The exhibition is the first of its kind to focus exclusively on the exploration of small-scaled paintings by Dutch and Flemish artists. Small Treasures celebrates Dutch and Flemish portraiture, exploring the evolution of an intriguing aspect of northern European Art and exposing visitors to an often overlooked facet of these famous artists.

Bruce Museum
Greenwich, CT

To support the exhibition Northern Baroque Splendor: The Hohenbuchau Collection from the Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna. The Bruce was the inaugural venue―and one of only two American showings―for this selective display of works from the Collection before its return to Vienna in the late 2015. The exhibition ran from September 2014 to April 2015.

The Clark Art Institute
Williamstown, MA

To support a major exhibition entitled Van Gogh and Nature at the Clark Art  Institute from June 14-September 13, 2015. This exhibition explores Vincent van Gogh’s lifelong fascination with nature, a theme that has received little attention in the past. On display are 40 paintings and 10-15 drawings, plus supporting material relating to his reading, source and influences. The exhibition is organized by the Clark’s curator Richard Kendall, former Van Gogh Museum curator Chris Stolwijk and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum Sjraar van Heugten.

Museum of Craft & Design
San Francisco, CA

To support the exhibition of Hands Off: New Dutch Design at the Confluence of Technology & Craft from May 9-September 6, 2015 in San Francisco. This unique show presents objects crafted with digital technology, functional objects literally crafted or powered by plants, living environments that mimic natural systems and new design collectives that shape virtual experiences.

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Columbia University
New York, NY

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To support the exhibition Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions, curated by Ph.D. Candidate Robert Fucci of the Department of Art History & Archaeology, Columbia University, and David E. Finley, Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) from September 9-December 12, 2015. It will present 20-22 works, with two or more impressions of each totaling 65-70 images. The variety of printing strategies is the primary focus. A publication will make all the images publicly available.

Currier Museum of Art
Manchester, NH

To support the public programs associated with the exhibition M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusion from September 20, 2014 to January 12, 2015. This retrospective was the largest and most comprehensive exhibit ever offered on M.C. Escher in the U.S. It contained his best-known works, early family portraits, original preparatory sketches and examples of lithographic stones and copperplates he used to print his later works.

The Hague, The Netherlands

To support the exhibition The Frick Collection: Art Treasures from New York, held from February 5 to May 10 2015. The Frick Collection : Art Treasures from New York was the first major art exhibition to be displayed in the new wing of the Mauritshuis, which opened last year. The show presented 36 objects, which varied from the famous Portrait of the Comtesse d”Haussonville by Ingres to an intricate clock. Never before has such large and cohesive group of loans from The Frick Collection been shown outside of New York.

Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, MA

To support a co-organized exhibition Asia in Amsterdam. Scheduled to open at the Rijksmuseum in the fall of 2015 and at PEM in early 2016. This exhibition explores the global reach of the Dutch Republic in the 17th century, the role that Asian goods played in Dutch lives, and the vibrant cross-cultural exchange of artistic motifs during the Dutch Golden Age. The travelling exhibition will be accompanied by a major scholarly publication that further explores the show’s themes and rich topics. 

Prospect New Orleans/US Biennial
New Orleans, LA

To support the presentation of renowned Dutch artist Remy Jungerman’s work at the New Orleans African American Museum during Prospect’s third international Biennale, held from October 25, 2014 to January 25, 2015.. This event featured 50 national and international artists who embody a diverse selection of views from the 20th and 21st century. Themes are class distinction, racial divide, and communal empathy vs. social intolerance. Remy Jungerman represented The Netherlands and his work was on display at the New Orleans African American Museum during the biennale. Originally from Suriname, identifying as Dutch, and having lived over 25 years in Amsterdam, Jungerman’s work mainly deals with Dutch colonization of Suriname and the long lasting social impact of the slave trade. His work was one of the main exhibitions at the event

San Francisco Jewish Community Federation
San Francisco, CA

To support the photo exhibition of Jews in Amsterdam, taken in 1943 by German-born photographer Annemie Wolff. The exhibit was showcased from mid-February through March 2015 at the San Francisco Goethe Institute. While preparing for an exhibition of Amsterdam harbor in 2002, Dutch photo historian Simon Kool happened upon an image taken by Annemie Wolff. He subsequently found 100 film rolls by the same photographer, portraits of Jews during WWII. Portraits not of victims, but of Jews attempting to continue to live their everyday lives. Dutch researchers have uncovered many of the names and stories behind the people in the pictures.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
New York, NY

To support the exhibition Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-1960s, on view October 10, 2014 to January 7, 2015. The exhibition featured a chapter focused on the intersecting histories of Group Zero and the Dutch Nul group (1061-66) including artists: Armando, Jan Hendrikse, Henk Peeters, Jan Schoonhoven and Herman de Vries. The show also highlighted efforts made by the Dutch Nul group to connect with colleagues in other countries through landmark exhibitions that bring together artists with a shared vision.


Celebrity Series of Boston
Brookline, MA

To support Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Frank Martin’s “secular oratorio”, Le Vin Herbé, in a new English translation titled, The Love Potion, the Tale of Tristan and Isolt. This rarely staged work, produced by well known musicologist Hugh Macdonald, was presented in Brookline, Massachusetts November 19-23, 2014.

Celebrity Series of Boston
Boston, MA

To support the performance of Dutch violinist Janine Jansen along with accomplished pianist, Itamar Golan at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, featuring pieces by Prokofiev, Beethoven and Ravel.

Stichting Enveloppe
U.S. Tour

To support the performance of Oliver’s Cinema trio, comprising trumpeter Eric Vloeimans, cellist Jörg Brinkmann and accordion player Tuur Florizoone, to perform at the Earshot Jazz Festival on October 15, 2014. This trio performed 13 times over 16 days across the U.S including: California, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Colorado, Michigan, New York, Iowa, Virginia and Florida

Fusebox Festival
Austin, TX

To support free community activities around the presentation of the Dutch theatre ensemble Wunderbaum’s performance of Looking for Paul on April 18, 19 and 20, 2014. The free multi-day project consisted of three parts: Workshop, Performance and Reflection, in which the participating artists got familiar with devised theater instead of working off a script. The theater was a result of collaborative and improvised efforts.

Stichting Harp
Gorinchem, The Netherlands

To support the performance of InnerAct-Canto Ostinato Audio Visual at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City in October 2014. InnerAct is an audiovisual performance with harp, electronic and visuals, based on the groundbreaking composition of “Canto Ostinato”. Three artists—harp player Gwyneth Wentink, electronic specialist Wouter Snoei and video artist Arnout Hulskamp―responded to each other on stage using their instruments and self developed software, determining who takes the lead according to the codes of “Canto”.

Laura Heit
Breda, The Netherlands
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To support the performance of The Matchbox Circus on October 5, 2014, which is performed by Laura Heit on a table top in a one ring circus. Tiny acts are played out on this miniature stage, while projected live on a screen, making the tiny little details of this portable variety show larger than life. It was originally commissioned by the Music Center of Los Angeles and performed as part of the International Los Angeles Toy Theater Festival in 2008.

ICP (Instant Composers Pool) Orchestra
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

To support ICP’s participation in the January 9-10,2015 Winter Jazzfest in New York City. ICP is a ten piece, innovative, improvising collective based in Amsterdam. It was founded in 1967 by Han Bennik and Misha Mengelberg. 

IKC Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

To support the performance of ROCCO, choreographed by ICKamsterdam’s directors, Ernio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. This special performance took place in February 2015 in Montclair, New Jersey and Philadelphia.

Jacob’s Pillow
Becket, MA

To support the presentation of Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT2) during the 83rd Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2015. The Pillow will present NDT2 in 6 performances in the historic Ted Shawn Theater (620 seats) in July 2015. Under the artistic direction of Jiři Kylián, Nederlands Dans Theater pioneered a new form of contemporary ballet in the 20th century.

The Joyce Theater
New York, NY

To support the presentation of Nederlands Dans Theater 2 at The Joyce Theater February 3-8, 2015. The performance featured Johan Inger’s I New Then” (2012), set to the music of Van Morrison; Sara (2013), by Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar; and Artistic Director Paul Lightfoot and Artistic Advisor Sol Leon’s Shutters Shut, based on a poem by Gertrude Stein, and Subject to Change, set to music by Franz Schubert.

New York Theater Workshop (NYTW)
New York, NY

To support the performance of Scenes from a Marriage, a collaboration between NYTW with internationally distinguished director Ivo van Hove to bring the stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s seminal 1974 work. Directed and conceived by Ivo van Hove in an English translation by Emily Mann, Scenes from a Marriage opened NYTW’s 2014/15 Season. In this piece, the rise and fall of one couple’s relationship is explored over the course of three decades.

New York Philharmonic
New York, NY

To support the participation of Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden who was among a select group of guest conductors invited to lead the New York Philharmonic during the 2014-2015 season. Maestro van Zweden conducted a series of seven concerts in November 2014 which featured the accomplished violinist Hilary Hahn as guest soloist.

De Stille Fanfare (The Silent Brass Band)
Amersfoort, The Netherlands

To support the performance of De Stille Fanfare at the New York City Veterans Day Parade in November 2014. De Stille Fanfare is a walking theatrical act, fully decorated in costumes and complete with “instruments”. De Stille Fanfare marches by without playing a note, aside from the rhythm of the footsteps of the band members, there isn’t a sound. They also performed at the Holland Tunnel Gallery in Williamsburg, NY.


Holland Tunnel Gallery
Brooklyn, NY

To support the publication of the Holland Tunnel Gallery Book.  Pauline Lethen opened her art space Holland Tunnel Gallery in Williamsburg in 1997 and has exhibited both Dutch and American artists. The book will include a full survey of all shows, artists and special events from 1997-2014.


Roos Plaatsman/Rose Ellis
Long Island City, NY

To support the recording of an album of songs written by Dutch singer/song writer Roos Plaatsman in April 2015. Plaatsman worked with Glenn Zaleski on piano, Scott Colberg on bass and Lawrence Lo Leathers on drums. All three musicians have a strong upbringing in the American jazz tradition.

Cultural Grants 2013


Enver Husicic
Utrecht, The Netherlands

To support the attendance of Utrecht-based Enver Husicic at the meeting Theater translation, the necessary impossibility in Waterford, Connecticut and New York City. The meeting focused on the impossible and possible in the art of translation. An international network of playwriters attended this event, which will be continued in 2015 in New York City. It offers both new insights and new connections, resulting in an expanding network and international opportunities.

Leiden International Film Festival
Leiden, The Netherlands

To support the travel and accommodations for American filmmakers to “The America Indie Competition” at the Leiden International Film Festival. The films were screened three times during the festival in November, 2013.

Brendan Sliger
Hagerstown, MD

To support the cost of tuition and airfare for a week-long training program at the Theater aan de Parade in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, in September 2013. The program was designed for young opera singers specified in Richard Wagner’s compositions and took place under the direction of famous Dutch conductor, Ed Spanjaard.

Youth Creates
Hoofddorp, The Netherlands and Atlanta, GA

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To support travel expenses and artist fees for an international artistic exchange between 7 Stages, located in Atlanta, Georgia and ArtsQuake, located in Hoofddorp, Netherlands in Summer 2013. The project enabled middle and high school students in the Netherlands and the United States to travel to the other country to trade ideas and perspectives while engaged in a creative process that former students have referred to as “life changing”.


American Friends of the Mauritshuis
New York, NY

To support the cost of creating and launching a new website,


Five Dutch Days
New York, NY

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To support special events during a two-week period in November. Five Dutch Days celebrates the ongoing influence of Dutch arts and culture in New York City. The 2013 program included a presentation of Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City, by Russell Shorto, a private tour at the Frick Collection of Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis, a tour of Roosevelt Island, an special evening with Dutch artist Joan van Barneveld at LMAK projects in Manhattan, and much more.

‘t Klokhuis
New York, NY

To support ‘t Klokhuis’ Queen’s Day celebration at Battery Park on Sunday, April 28, 2013. The celebration drew families to lower Manhattan for an afternoon of Dutch food and games.


Historians of Netherlandic Art
Boston, MA

To support graduate students participating in the June 2014 conference organized by the Historians of Netherlandish Art and the American Association of Netherlandic Studies at Boston University and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference promoted the art and culture of Dutch-speaking countries. Professor Dr. Maarten Prak of the University of Utrecht was one of the speakers.


Teylers Museum
Haarlem, The Netherlands

The NAF donated an important collection of drawings by Dutch masters spanning the 15th-20th centuries including Jan Abrahamsz. Beerstraaten, Gerrit Battem, Jacob Cats, Jan van Goyen, Aertgen van Leyden, Jan Lievens, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout and others to the Teylers Museum in Haarlem, the Netherlands. NAF Cultural Committee member and art collector Matthijs de Clercq had generously donated this substantial collection of drawings to the NAF with the recommendation they be donated to the collection of the Teylers Museum. The museum is a recipient of earlier NAF cultural grants.


The Frick Collection
New York, NY

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To support final leg the American tour of paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague, from October 2013 through January 2014. Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis, culminated in an array of education and public programs at The Frick. The Mauritshuis, housing one of the world’s most prestigious collections of Dutch Golden Age paintings, has not lent a large body of works from its holding in nearly 30 years. An extensive two-year renovation made this extraordinary opportunity possible.

Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI

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Cyril Lixenberg is pictured in his studio in Amsterdam, April 7, 1965. Photo credit: Anton Haakman, Grand Valley State University. Cyril Lixenberg Archival Collection; gift of the artist.








To support printing of an interpretive brochure for visitors to the exhibition Cyril Lixenberg: an Artist’s Journey from August through November, 2013. The exhibition celebrated the 81 years of the life and work of the popular contemporary Amsterdam-based Cyril Lixenberg, whose monumental sculpture and eye-popping, colorful screen prints were exhibited throughout Grand Valley State University’s buildings and campuses.

High Museum of Art
Atlanta, GA

To support the exhibition, including an array of education and public programs, of Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch paintings from the Mauritshuis from June 28–September 29, 2013.

May Gallery
New Orleans, LA

To support a large-scale exhibition created by Dutch artist Lotte Geeven following her two-month residency at the May Gallery, New Orleans from March through May 2014. Geeven’s installation based practice explores the dynamics of urban environments through careful observation of city communities.

MIT List Visual Arts Center
Boston, MA

To support the cost of an exhibition at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) List Visual Arts Center featuring an international group of artists, including Dutch artist Renzo Martens. The exhibition was organized by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and opened in May 2014. This exhibition addressed the role of the artists in an ever more complex and networked world.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Boston, MA

To support the exhibition Rank and Status in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer (provisional title), planned for October 2015 through January 2016, which considers 17th-century Dutch paintings in light of the new Republic’s social structure. The distinction between classes will surface through the 75 selected paintings reflecting various socio-economic groups. Each gallery will focus and reflect on one specific class: upper, middle, lower, and as climax to the exhibition: a space where the classes meet. There will be a catalogue with contributions by several Dutch scholars and the exhibition will travel to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

The Phillips Collection
Washington, DC

To support a Scholars Day and Panel Discussion associated with Van Gogh Repetitions, a major loan exhibition organized by The Phillips Collection in association with the Cleveland Museum of Art from October 2013 through January 2014. Van Gogh Repetitions was the first exhibition of Van Gogh’s work in Washington, D.C. in 15 years and the first to focus on his process of producing more than one version of the same subject, works the artist referred to as “repetitions”.

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Parsons The New School for Design
New York, NY

To support the catalogue for the thesis exhibition in May 2013 for two MFA candidates Lilian Kreutzberger and Pieter Paul Pothoven at Parsons The New School for Design (Department of Art, Media and Technology). The catalogue presented the two artists’ work, as well as the work of their colleagues in the exhibition, and demonstrated the collaboration between Dutch students and an American educational institution.

Perez Art Museum Miami
Miami, FL

To support the exhibition Caribbean: Crossroads of the World for the first time in a city that is the gateway to the Caribbean. The exhibition (April 18-August 17, 2014) highlights more than two centuries of rarely seen works—from paintings and sculptures to prints, photographs, films, videos and historical artifacts―dating from the Haitian Revolution (c. 1804) and includes work by artists from the Dutch speaking Caribbean and Latin American countries, as well as the United States.

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Rigaud Benoit, Flower Carnival (Carnaval des Fleurs), 1973. Oil on Masonite, 36 x 24 inches. Collection Milwaukee Art Museum, gift of Richard and Ema Flaff. Photo credit: Efaim L-ev.












Teylers Museum
Haarlem, The Netherlands

To support the exhibition Rembrandt’s World: Dutch Drawings from the Clement C. Moore Collection in February through May, 2013. Clement Moore, a New York collector, assembled supreme examples 17th century works by draftsmen such as Rembrandt, Jan van Goyen, Aelbert Cuyp, Ferdinand Bol and others. Sixty of those treasures including landscapes, marine images, cityscapes, portraits, religious subjects were exhibited by the Teylers Museum. Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands opened the exhibition on February 5, 2013.

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Hendrik Haverkamp, Fisherman on a Riverbank with Town of Kampen in the Distance, 1585-1634. Black chalk, pen in dark brown and black ink, watercolor washes. The Clement C. Moore Collection, New York. Photo credit: Teylers Museum, Haarlem, 2013.










New York, NY

To support the cross disciplinary show HYPERISH, to be performed at the New Victory Theater, New York City, in Spring 2014. The show combines street culture break-dancing and skating are blended with contemporary dance and ballet. The show has toured for over 12 years in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Philadelphia and was invited by the New Victory Theater, near Times Square, to perform 15 shows in Spring 2014.

Ruben Naeff
New York, NY

To support a 10-minute musical work composed by Dutch artist (living in New York) Ruben Naeff for soprano, piano and cello. The work was commissioned by Lindsay Kesselman, member of the group Mirage. Mirage presents music of a diverse array of living composers, centered on the theme of breaking through invisible boundaries. Ruben Naeff is known for writing music that expresses the confusion of our contemporary world. The premiere of The Cloud will be scheduled in 2014.

Christina Viola Oorebeek
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

To support American artist (residing in Amsterdam) Christina Viola Oorebeek’s presence at the performance of her piece Chromotoy 1.2 – Three Sketches for Schoenhut Toy Grand Piano, at the Uncaged Toy Piano Festival in New York City in December, 2013.  Many unusual instruments were used including self-made implementations.

Pasadena Arts Council
Pasadena, CA

To support the March 2014 performance of avant-garde Dutch composer Jacob ter Veldhuis’ magnus opus, the multi-disciplinary reality opera, The News, at Fais Do Do in Los Angeles, CA. What’s Next Ensemble, a post-classical ensemble based in Los Angeles produced and performed the work.

The Royal Wind Music
Boston, MA

To support the performance of the Royal Wind Music at the Boston Early Music Festival in the Jordan Hall of the New England Conservatory on June 16, 2013. Artistic leader Paul Leenhouts, now head of the Early Music department at the University of North Texas, conducted the performance.


Anouk Kruithof
Brooklyn, NY

Anouk Kruithof To support material costs for Interpretations of a wall, a photographic sculpture by Dutch artist Anouk Kruithof reflecting on New York as a universe of contradiction. The project was presented at the International Studio & Curatorial Program’s Open Studio in Brooklyn, New York. The artist had a solo exhibition at Het Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in Spring, 2014

Andrew Molleur
‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

To support a three-month Young Participants Residency with the European Ceramic Work Center (EKWC) in ‘s Hertogenbosch, Netherlands from June through August, 2013. The EKWC is a non-profit workspace for the exploration for ceramics in both artistic and applied arts. Each year since 1991 the center has provided 45 national and international artists and designers the space and opportunity to work with ceramics for three months.

Pieter Paul Pothoven
Provincetown, MA

To support the project Cornerstone, a permanent sculpture in the public space made from a 4,800 lb. piece of white granite from the Mount Airy Quarry in North Carolina. The sculpture is an alternative to the existing Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown which commemorates the Mayflower ship’s first landing in 1620. Cornerstone offers both the celebration of this landing and also awareness of the non-white histories, in particular the Native American population. In collaboration with the Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown) and the Pilgrim Monument, this project was finished in April 2014.

Arno Schuitemaker
New York, NY

To support a two-week residency in November 2013 at the Abrons Arts Center, a program of the Henry Street Settlement in New York City. During the period of the residency, Schuitemaker had the opportunity to work with New York-based writer James Geary, author of I is an Other, which serves as a source of inspiration for the project.

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Mitchell-lee van Rooij (foreground) with Arno Schuitemaker performing “I is an Other”. Photo credit: Jochem Jergems, 2013.

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