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 (www.minbuza.nl) and the Dutch Ministry of
Education, Culture and Science (www.minocw.nl). 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
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
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
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.