MoWIC Foundation (Monuments of the Dutch West India Company)
|MoWIC Foundation (Monuments of the Dutch West India Company)|
|Other name||Stichting Monuments of the Dutch West India Company (MOWIC Foundation).|
|Country of Residence||the Netherlands|
Schapendrift 151272 NA Huizen
|Phone||+31(0)35 526 8869|
|email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Type of organisation||Knowledge Centre|
|WIC, Dutch Brazil, New Netherland, Atlantic World and the Dutch (AWAD organisation), Atlantic World and the Dutch (AWAD)|
The MoWIC Foundation is a non-profit heritage organisation founded in the year 2000 at Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Its aims are the research on and the conservation of the cultural heritage of the former Geoctroyeerde West-Indische Compagnie (1621-1675) en van de Tweede West-Indische Compagnie (1675-1792), together known by the name Dutch West India Company, the WIC.
Mutual cultural heritage
The predicate ‘monument’ means all objects of the shared cultural heritage, in Dutch: Gemeenschappelijk Cultureel Erfgoed. This concerns all that has been left in former colonies and territories with Dutch historical influences.
Beside architecture, there are for instance atlases, paintings and documents, furniture and instruments, but also music, dance and literature. Similar to the Dutch Department of Monument Care and the Rijksdienst voor Archeologie, Cultuurlandschap en Monumenten (RACM), protecting urban centres, MoWIC tries to protect landscapes that had a characteristic role in history. Therefore we speak of tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
Obviously MoWIC looks not only to the past, but explicitly also at how the WIC heritage could play a stimulating social, community oriented role for the evolution and well-being of the inhabitants of the concerning countries, today and in the future.
For organizing reasons and the Commemoration of the 500 year discovery jubilee of Brazil in 2000, the MoWIC projects started with Fort Orange in Brazil. But there are some interesting contacts and possible projects in the Caribbean territory, like the Synagogue in Sint Eustatius, Ston Oso in Suriname, (British) Guyana, and the Tolerance Park in New-York City, North-America.
Key Project 2012
A current MoWIC project is the rescue of the unique collection of Dutch tiles from the Golden Age in the Brazilian city of Recife against wearing away.
Additional information President: Dr. Willy Metz Vice-president: Dr. Hannedea van Nederveen Meerkerk Secretary: Drs. Nora Schadee Treasurer: Mr. F. J. W. A. Visser 't Hooft board members: Ms Leila Abe, MSc., Drs. Hans Knijnenburg, Ing. Willem F. Muller, Drs. Loes J. Westermann-van der Steen
|Experts referring to this organisation|
|Hannedea van Nederveen Meerkerk|
|Sander F. J. W. A. Visser 't Hooft|
Ston Oso - Suriname
Dutch tiles under the Brazilian tropical sun
Dutch path and New bridge, Vila Velha
Honen Dalim Synagogue Restoration Project
Indigenous Medicine in Brazil during the Dutch Period
Restoration and exhibition of the Atlas Vingbooms
Restoration of the azulejos tiles of the Convento de Santo Antonio
Projects referring to this organisation
|Restoration and exhibition of the Atlas Vingbooms|