Danish desserts and diplomacy

One of Olafur Eliasson’s Waterfalls.

At MFTA we’re all about connecting communities within New York and beyond. Last month we hosted a large group of volunteers from the UK Mission to the UN including Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant. Continuing this trend, last week Executive Director Harriet Taub had the pleasure of meeting the Ambassador, Consul General of Denmark Jarl Frijs-Madsen at his home in Westchester. Harriet has this to say of her experience:

Along with the Executive Directors of Galapagos Art Space, 3 Legged Dog, and Cultural Strategies Initiative, I was invited to present a brief picture of the work we are doing in New York City to the Cultural Affairs Commissioners of the five largest Danish cities. The delegation was here for a whirlwind tour and meetings with City officials, nonprofit leaders, and arts administrators. At the working dinner we were able to partake of the most scrumptious Danish-inspired food while sharing success stories and current challenges. We heard about how our colleagues in Denmark are responding to tight budgets while trying to balance the important roles the arts play in their communities. The evening ended far too early, but I rode the Metro North back knowing that we had done our part to bridge international relations between our two countries.

Recently, NYC has hosted some well-known Danish artists, most notably the 2008 installation of Waterfalls by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and, more recently, Superflex’s public restroom as part of Creative Time’s Living as Form. Even more recently, MFTA darling organization Flux Factory spent time in Denmark working on a myriad of projects. Though a New York City program, MFTA’s influence spreads far beyond the five boroughs.

[Image credit to Art Fag City]

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