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5 Dutch Days 5 Boroughs
5 Dutch Days 5 Boroughs is a five-day celebration of the continuous influence of Dutch arts and culture in New York City – from the City's enterprising, multicultural origins as a Dutch colony to the pivotal role of contemporary Dutch artists and designers in today's international cultural scene. It features a wide variety of events and performances at cultural organizations and historic sites in across New York City's five boroughs. These events celebrate and investigate the cultural connections that have existed between New York and the Netherlands for 400 years, since New York was New Amsterdam.
Started in 2005 (the photo, left, is from the first Kick Off event), 5 Dutch Days 5 Boroughs was initially anchored by Dutch-American Heritage Day (November 16) and aspired to bring together, under one umbrella, organizations from across the City, including museums, historic sites, preservation organizations and Dutch-centered professional, genealogical and business groups. The founding organizers were Susan De Vries (Dyckman Farmhouse Museum), Felicia Mayro (St. Mark’s Historic Landmark Fund), and Sean Sawyer (then of Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum). The project grew very quickly thanks to the enthusiasm and creativity of all the participating groups and the support of sponsors, including The Consulate General of the Netherlands, The Netherland-America Foundation, The Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York, and The Holland Society of New York.
In 2010, to take 5 Dutch Days 5 Boroughs into its next phase, The Netherland-America Foundation assumed sponsorship and coordination of the program.
The St. Mark's Historic Landmark Fund was honored to serve as the founding project sponsor of 5 Dutch Days 5 Boroughs and is pleased to continue its annual participation in the event.
Photo Credit: Susan De Vries, 2005.