The Boekman Foundation collects and disseminates knowledge and information about the arts and culture in both policy and practice. It stimulates research and the development of opinion on the production, distribution and take-up of the arts and on national and international policy on the arts and culture.
The Boekman Foundation is an independent intermediary between interested parties and stakeholders from the public administration, science companies and the cultural sector. An unique center for policy advisors, administrators, politicians and managers, for researchers, teachers and students from various disciplines, and for employees of art institutions, artists and journalists.
As a knowledge center, our working area includes the art and cultural policy of governments, public and private financing of art, socio-economic and legal aspects of the arts and the artist profession, copyright, management, marketing and sponsorship in culture, cultural organizations and events, art programming by broadcasters, cultural tourism, art and culture education, amateur art, art education, cultural participation and art criticism.
The Boekman Foundation was founded on December 9th, 1963 by initiative of the Federation of Artists’ Associations as a scientific institute for research into matters concerning art policy. The foundation is named after Emanuel Boekman (1889-1940), SDAP alderman for art affairs in Amsterdam and promoted to the thesis Government and art in the Netherlands.
The employees of the Boekman Foundation
Jan Jaap Knol
Project Coordinator / Researcher
Maxime van Haeren
Researcher / Editor
Editor / Projects
Head of Information Services / Projects
Jack van der Leden
Information Specialist / Editor
Information Specialist / ICT
PR / Communications
Mies van Splunter
Head of the Secretariat
Members of the Supervisory Board operate in the social sectors of government and policy, education and research and art and culture.
As of 1 January 2018, economist Coen Teulings has been appointed as the new chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Boekman Foundation. He succeeds Victor Halberstadt who has held the presidency since 2009.
Chairman / Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge / University Professor at Utrecht University
Karin van Gilst
Former business director of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Former deputy in North Holland
Consultant McKinsey & Company
Mayor of Bergen
There are currently no vacancies available.
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The Boekman Foundation is closed on:
December 25th to January 1st
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As an independent knowledge center, the Boekman Foundation conducts research into trends and developments in the cultural sector and cultural policy. We explore and schedule themes on our own initiative, but also conduct research in collaboration with or on behalf of other organizations. Our goal is to increase and spread knowledge of the cultural field as much as possible, including in Boekman or independent publications and in meetings.
We are available for research assignments that fall within our field of activity and can draw on this from a broad knowledge of cultural data, an extensive and relevant library collection, and broad research experience.
Examples of projects that we carried out are:
an exploration of policy for specific cultural sectors as formulated in other countries (commissioned by the Council for Culture)
mapping the notion of neighborhood culture and how this manifests itself in the Netherlands (commissioned by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds)
pilots with which new (numerical) ways have been developed to visualize the value of culture (commissioned by Brabantstad)
The Boekman Dissertation Prize is awarded every three years to the best Dutch PhD research on art, culture and society. The prize consists of a sum of € 10.000 and is intended to make recent results of scientific research about art, culture and society known to a wide audience. To this end, the journal Boekman devotes the year following the presentation to the subject of the winning dissertation.
The prize is an initiative of the Boekman Foundation and NWO Social and Humanities. It is named after Emanuel Boekman, who was the first in the Netherlands to receive his PhD on June 6th, 1939 on the relationship between government and art.
Hanka Otte (University of Groningen) is the winner of the fourth Boekman Dissertation prize for art, culture and policy. Otte received her PhD in 2015 from her research Binding or bridging? About the relationship between art, cultural policy and social cohesion. Otte studied how art participation and social cohesion relate to each other and whether the government choose the right art participating instruments to promote this cohesion. She did this based on a study in seven municipalities in Drenthe.
The jury consisting of René Boomkens (University of Amsterdam), Quirijn van den Hoogen (University of Groningen), Philomeen Lelieveldt (Utrecht University), Vivian van Saaze (Maastricht University) and Kitty Zijlmans (Leiden University and chairman of the jury) chose the dissertation van Otte from 74 dissertations on the field of work of the Boekman Foundation as winner.
The other two nominees were Dr J. van Beurden – Treasures in trusted hands: negotiating the future of colonial cultural objects (VU, 2016) and dr. Th. van Dorsten – Mirrors in the making: culture, education, and the development of metacognition in early and middle childhood (4-10) (RUG, 2015).
All participating dissertations are included in the library collection.
The award was instituted in 2008 by the then Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ronald Plasterk (PvdA), in order to honour and encourage outstanding artistic talent. The award consists of a sum of 100,000 euros, mainly to be used for the realisation of a special project. The award is intended for artists working in the Netherlands and across all disciplines, ranging from dance to design, from fashion to music, from writing to painting.
The Johannes Vermeer Award, state prize for the arts, was awarded for the first time in 2009 to Pierre Audi, opera director, and subsequently in 2010 to Alex van Warmerdam, director, in 2011 to Erwin Olaf, photographer, in 2012 to visual artist Marlene Dumas, in 2013 to architect Rem Koolhaas, in 2014 to graphic designer Irma Boom, in 2015 to composer Michel van der Aa, and in 2016 to artist/filmmaker Steve McQueen. In 2017 Iris van Herpen, fashion designer, received the award.
The jury guidance and overall coordination of the Johannes Vermeer Award is in the hands of the Boekman Foundation. The organization and pr of the award ceremony is provided by LUSTR, organizer of cultural events and programs.
The Johannes Vermeer Award 2018, the Dutch state prize for the arts, was awarded to violinist Janine Jansen by Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven. The jury, under the chairmanship of Els van der Plas, has unanimously nominated her because she gives a phenomenal interpretation to her executive artistry. Her musical interpretations touch the genius and harvest unanimously admiration and respect from audiences and fellow musicians. The jury praises her entire worldwide career, which shows her sincere and total surrender to the music.
Minister of Education, Culture and Science Ingrid van Engelshoven presented the prize on Monday October 29th, 2018 in De Ridderzaal in The Hague.
As of April 2018, the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends is housed at the Boekman Foundation. The foundation will facilitate the work of this European joint venture behind the website www.culturalpolicies.net and will ensure that the online platform for promotion and exchange of cultural policy is refreshed and updated.
More than one hundred independent authors from 43 European countries are participating in the Compendium. They map the developments within their national cultural policy on the platform www.culturalpolicies.net, which enables users to compare the information in many different ways.
Since its founding in 1998, the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends has been coordinated from the European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research, ERICarts, in Bonn. From 2018 the Compendium has become an association that is facilitated from the Boekman Foundation. As executive director, Helen Johnson will give the Compendium a new impuls by strengthening and expanding the cooperation between the participating countries.