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FUTURE 400

FUTURE 400, an initiative of the Netherlands Consulate General of New York, endeavors to honor 400 years of Dutch-New York history with honesty and integrity, creating space for others who share this common heritage to voice their feelings and experiences at this monumental moment. Partners from cultural to commercial fields, from the New York area to the Netherlands will come together to create new work and new opportunities to continue writing the next chapter of our shared story, our collective…FUTURE 400.

 

Introduction

Four hundred years ago, in 1624, the first Dutch settlers arrived in what is now New York City, establishing New Netherland and its capital, New Amsterdam. Over the next four centuries, New Amsterdam has completed an impressive transformation, developing into today’s sprawling, diverse metropolis. And in honor of this historic 400-year milestone, the Netherlands wishes to mark the occasion by reflecting on the trials and triumphs that tell a more complete story of New York, while simultaneously looking toward the future. A future that showcases the variety and depth of Dutch-American arts, culture, and enterprise through artistic and innovative exploration, while actively seeking new connections and spawning surprising collaborations.

Standing apart from 2009’s celebration of Henry Hudson’s arrival in New York, this multi-year initiative provides an opportunity to tell the unique history of New York in fresh ways, incorporating perspectives that go beyond the Eurocentric by enriching the current narrative with the voices of those who also lived in and built this city: Native Americans, the enslaved people, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other voices often omitted in historical records, yet not lost from history.

Future 400 aims to be a catalyst directly impacting the next 400 years, ensuring a more equitable ideal for a truly shared history through partnerships among Dutch and American institutions. From 2024 to 2026, artists, performers, innovators, and entrepreneurs from the Netherlands and New York, representing a wide swath of cultures, will collaborate on a series of projects across a broad range of disciplines. New works will be created that grapple with the complex issues raised by this monumental anniversary. Works that serve to answer these fundamental questions: how do we tell the history of New York, including the founding and settling of New Netherland, honestly and inclusively? How do we candidly and meaningfully address the past? How do we acknowledge and steward those values sown centuries ago that still guide us? How do we treat each other in the present, and where are our blind spots? And, of particular note, what do we hope for in the future for our beloved city?

As new challenges arise every day, threatening to divide us, new voices come forward to meet those challenges. By empowering a team of multidisciplinary thinkers from the Netherlands and New York-Future 400 looks forward to the next four centuries, and beyond: A future that provides an opportunity to learn from the past collectively, put in the work to bridge communities, and build a more just tomorrow by creating space for collaboration across borders and boundaries.

FUTURE 400 gives New Yorkers the opportunity to experience their hometown through the lens of its history. From the past to the present, its projects center a multitude of voices—Indigenous, African-American, Dutch, and others—who made up the vibrant tapestry that was New Amsterdam, and whose diversity continues to distinguish New York City to this day.

Ahmed Dadou
Consul General of the Netherlands in New York

 

Timeline

After Henry Hudson found his way through the narrows between Staten Island and Long Island in 1609, the Dutch claimed the region which started out as mainly fur trading posts. In 1624, the Dutch established a settlement, New Amsterdam, on the southern tip of Manhattan Island and purchased the island from the Lenape in 1625. In the next forty years, New Amsterdam would grow to a population of 2500 people, having established a municipal government in 1647 and developing into a city until the English seized control of New Amsterdam in 1664. For a full timeline we would like to direct you to our respected partners, the New Netherland Institute.

Current & Upcoming Events

FUTURE 400 brochure

Click the image to read our FUTURE 400 brochure, which features select projects

Many events, projects and activities are being planned by a multitude of artists, friends, partners,  arts organizations, and other collaborators. An overview can be found on our main page, and upcoming activities are marked by a FUTURE 400 emblem. All FUTURE 400 activities can be filtered with the FUTURE 400 button at the top of the main page.

> Dates and times can change. Please check with the organization for final details.

New York Before New York: The Castello Plan of New Amsterdam
Exhibition at the New-York Historical Society
March 15 – July 24, 2024
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Beatrice Glow: When Our Rivers Meet
Exhibition at the New-York Historical Society
March 29 – August 18, 2024
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Floris Wubben exhibition at The Future Perfect
The Future Perfect presents BRICK, a solo exhibition of sculptural brick works and furniture by Netherlands-based artist Floris Wubben. Coinciding with FUTURE 400, BRICK draws material inspiration from the Dutch-made bricks that contributed to building New York City.
May 9–June 21, 2024
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Wave Hill collaborates with Tom de Witte, international landscape designer
Tom de Witte lecture, design charette and gala at Wave Hill – a public garden & cultural center
May 28-30, 2024
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Wild by Design Since 2009 – A Celebration of Piet Oudolf
Annual Horticulture Celebration at the High Line, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of the High Line, and the 15th birthday of the park’s opening
June through September, 2024
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Ernst Coppejans – From the Streets to the Heart
Exhibition in the public space as part of Photoville
June 1 – September 1, 2024
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Dutch Masters Revisited x Flex
Exhibition in the public space as part of Photoville
June 1-16, 2024
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Rambler Studios NYC  Showcases and Summer Internship Program
Summer program for New York youth (“Ramblers”) at Henry Street Settlement and Artist & Fleas, in collaboration with Rambler Studios Amsterdam
July – August, 2024
> more info coming soon

Choreographic Triple Bill from Rutkay Ozpinar
Presented by Battery Dance Festival (NYC) and Korzo Theater (The Hague)
August 2024
> more info coming soon

Delights of the Senses: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art and Life. Featuring Paintings from The Leiden Collection
Exhibition at the Albany Institute of History & Art, in collaboration with The Leiden Collection
September 14 – December 31, 2024
> more info coming soon

Kings…come home
Theater production, co-production at the Apollo Theater by Kip Republic and National Black Theatre
February – March, 2025
> more info coming soon

Public Programs with Native American Communities at the Museum of the City of New York
FUTURE 400 teams with Native American communities through a partnership with Museum of the City of New York to develop a series of public programs over the coming two years, specifically geared towards families, that will include art, dance, theater and educational initiatives, and culminate in an exhibition of new Native American work in 2026.
2024 – 2025
> more info coming soon

 

Recent Events

Shipwreck and Salvation – The Wreck of The Prince Maurice 1657
Presentation by Toya Dubin, Mapping Early NY Project Director at the New Amsterdam History Center, Drew Shuptar-Rayvis, Algonkian Historical Consultant, and Julie Van den Hout, Dutch ship expert, at three locations on Long Island.
May 16, 17, and 18, 2024
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We Are Still Here! Lunaapeew / Lenape Celebration Weekend
The Lunaapeew/Lenape community and the Museum of the City of New York host a weekend of activities celebrating the resilience and cultural heritage of the First People of the New York City region.
May 4-5, 2024
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Slavery and the Slave Trade in New Netherland and the Dutch Atlantic World
Conference by the New Netherland Institute, in Conjunction with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the New-York Historical Society
May 3-4, 2024
>more info

Giving Voice to Value
Annual conference for museum professionals by the Museum Association of New York in Albany, NY
April 6 – 9, 2024
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New York Before New York: The Dutch Impact
Talk at the New-York Historical Society
March 20, 2024, 6:30-7:30 PM
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New York premiere of Depot – Reflecting Boijmans, by director Sonia Herman Dolz
Screening and talk with the director at the 11th Socially Relevant Film Festival
March 13, 2024 – 8:00 PM
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Future 400 Film Program, Featuring Screenings and Discussions
New York International Children’s Film Festival
March 9-10, 2024
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Rambler Collective Pop-Up at Artist & Fleas
Artist & Fleas partners with Henry Street Settlement and Rambler Studios Amsterdam, to showcase the fashion designs by New York Ramblers Ashley, Carmen, Dean, Jonathan, Stone, and Yaye, led by Andres Biel
February 17/18 and 24/25, 2024
> more info

 

Contact info

Contact info

Press & Cultural Affairs Department
Consulate General of the Netherlands
666 Third Avenue, Floor 19
New York, NY 10017

General Inquiries
nyc-pcz@minbuza.nl

Press inquiries
Noah Waxman, noah.waxman@minbuza.nl

Press

Press

Press releases
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Recent press about FUTURE 400 programs

> Floris Wubben reinvents the brick at The Future Perfect in New York. Wallpaper*, May 9, 2024.

> New York Is Turning 400. We Should Celebrate. But How? Guest Essay in Opion Section, The New York Times, April 23, 2024.

> Celebrating History With 200,000 Tulips. Tulip Day is coming, as part of an initiative by the Netherlands Consulate General and other groups to mark the 400th anniversary of Dutch settlers’ arrival in what is now New York. The New York Times, April 4, 2024.

> When Manahahtáanung Became European. The New-York Historical Society acknowledges a notorious purchase 400 years ago — and lets the Lenape tell their side: “We are still here.” New York Times, March 16, 2024.

> Children’s Film Festival Has Robots, Chickens, Authors and More, New York Times, February 29, 2024

> Museum To Show 1660 New Amsterdam Map To Mark Dutch Colony’s Founding, Forbes, January 30, 2024

Q&A

Q&A

  • Q: How many projects are included in the FUTURE 400 program?
    A: The Netherlands Consulate in New York is involved in circa 45 projects, but there are many additional projects being planned by partners
  • Q: How long will FUTURE 400 run?
    A: At the moment the Netherlands Consulate in New York foresees a series of projects and events that will run from March 2024 until November 2025
  • Q: Who took the initiative for FUTURE 400?
    A: The Netherlands Consulate in New York recognized that various New York City and New York State partners were in the process (sometimes already for quite some time) of planning projects to mark this 400-year milestone. The Consulate gladly partnered joined these partners to pay attention to our shared history, and look forward to opportunities to build on this history.
  • Q: What is the aim of FUTURE 400?
    A: FUTURE 400 aims to be a catalyst directly impacting the next 400 years, ensuring a more equitable ideal for a truly shared history through partnerships among Dutch and American institutions. The Netherlands Consulate envisions to provide time and space for underrepresented narratives of the Dutch history in New York, and to support collaborative and co-creative projects that are paradigms for diverse, inclusive and structural exchanges between New York and The Netherlands.
  • Q: In what respect does FUTURE 400 differ from NY400 (2009)?
    A: In 2009, the Netherlands and New York City celebrated the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s arrival in New York. This celebration focused on 400 years of friendship, and the many remnants of the shared history that still an be found in NYC. FUTURE 400 is an initiative that aims to provide an opportunity to tell the unique history of New York in fresh ways, incorporating perspectives that go beyond the Eurocentric by enriching the current narrative with the voices of those who also lived in, and built this city: Native Americans, enslaved people, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other voices often omitted in historical records, yet not lost from history.