Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

Dutch Cultural Services
Dutch arts and culture are represented in the United States through the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Washington, D.C. and the Consulates General of The Netherlands in New York, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles. Headquarters for cultural services is the Department of Press and Cultural Affairs of the Consulate General of The Netherlands in New York.

Our job is to carry out the International Cultural Policy of The Netherlands under the joint direction of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science ( We serve as "cultural brokers" between the Dutch and American art worlds, promoting Dutch arts and artists in the United States and encouraging and facilitating cultural cooperation and exchange. Our work focusses on the following disciplines: Architecture, Design, Contemporary Visual Arts and Photography, Dance, Music, Theater, Film, Literature and Cultural Heritage and Old Masters.

Specifically, our work can be described as follows:

We inform American cultural professionals - curators, programmers, educators, publishers, producers, distributors, policy-makers, agents and press - about Dutch arts and artists, Dutch cultural events and new developments in the Dutch arts world

We inform Dutch cultural professionals, in particular the government, government agencies, arts councils and cultural funds and institutes about new developments in the American arts world

We advise American cultural professionals who wish to invite Dutch artists to the United States and point the way towards funding possibilities from The Netherlands

We advise the Dutch government and cultural funds as to the quality of American venues, including museums, galleries, theaters, concert-halls, cultural centers, etc.

We provide networking opportunities for Dutch artists with their American counterparts

We provide modest amounts of funding to qualified projects for extra expenses incurred in inviting a Dutch artist or performing company to the United States, such as airfare, marketing or extra publicity

We organize promotional activities within or around existing arts events such as festivals and conferences

We represent the government of The Netherlands at major cultural events.

We do not promote individual artists or performing companies, do not book performances or exhibitions, do not broker contracts or deals and do not fund American artists wishing to perform or exhibit in The Netherlands.