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Danish American Cultural Exchange (DACE) is a refocusing and restructuring of Danish American Society (DAS).
DAS was formed in 1959 by leaders of New York’s Danish community, in preparation for the forthcoming visit of the King and Queen of Denmark. This visit led to the establishment of an ongoing organization which has been committed to social and cultural events and has played a meaningful role in the Danish American community for nearly sixty years. Because Danes in the New York City area have found new ways to connect through special interest groups, social media, and other platforms, the more traditional activities of DAS’ mission are no longer needed. Therefore, DAS will no longer organize and run its own social events with the purpose of bringing Danes in the Tri-State area together.
Instead, DACE will be fully committed to providing young Danish and American artists with opportunities for artistic development and the public presentation of their works. Our name change is part of this renewed effort. As of January 2018, Danish American Society (DAS) will become Danish American Cultural Exchange (DACE). The D.A.N.C.E, a long time program under DAS, will also transition and become the DACE dance program.
Supporting cultural exchange programs is not new to the organization. In 1983 DAS established an exchange program for young professional dancers, D.A.N.C.E., that has successfully provided scholarships to many young dancers from both countries. This type of artistic programming will now be our main mission and will be expanded to include support for young students and professionals in other performing and visual arts, as well as in architecture, design, fashion, and culinary arts. We still hope to bring together Danes and Americans with an interest in each other’s countries, but it will be with the purpose of fundraising for, and emphasizing, specific initiatives in the arts.