The Nordic Center in America
Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America is the leading center for Nordic culture in the United States, offers a wide range of programs that illuminate the culture and vitality of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Scandinavia House offerings include diverse exhibitions and film series, as well as concerts and other performances, readings, lectures, symposia, language courses, and children’s activities.
Designed by the internationally renowned Polshek Partnership Architects (now Ennead Architects) and inaugurated in October 2000, Scandinavia House is the headquarters of The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) and the site of ASF’s cultural and educational programming.
The American-Scandinavian Foundation
Established in 1911 by Danish-American industrialist Niels Poulson and a group of other forward-thinking leaders from business and education, the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) was the first international non-governmental society to have as its sole purpose the development of goodwill through educational and cultural exchange. It was designed to meet the needs of its time through fellowships, scholarly exchange, exhibitions, and publications.
These programs have grown over the years, and along with the cultural programs at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, have provided a comprehensive platform for ongoing international exchange between the United States and the Nordic countries.
This international work is at the heart of the Foundation’s mission. Each year, ASF awards over $800,000 in fellowships and grants to individual students, scholars, professionals, and artists for study and research in the United States and abroad. To date, some 30,000 Americans and Scandinavians have participated in these and other ASF programs of study, research, or practical training.
In October 2000, ASF opened Scandinavia House as a showplace for Nordic culture and life. Since its founding, it has welcomed over 1.5 million visitors, who have come to enjoy exhibitions, performances, lectures, and more. Scandinavia House was financed by the generosity of more than 300 donors from the U.S. and abroad, including individuals, corporations, and foundations, as well as the Nordic governments and the Nordic Council of Ministers.
For more information about ASF’s Fellowships & Grants Program, Internship & Training Program, and Public Projects Grants, visit amscan.org or call 212-779-3587.
Educational and cultural programs at Scandinavia House have been very generously supported by a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. Programs are also supported in part by the following funds of the ASF: The Louise and Karl Andrén Fund for Musical Performance; The Bonnier Family Fund for Contemporary Art; The Victor Borge Hall Endowment Fund; The Edith Coulter Fund; Dunard Fund USA; The Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center Fund; The Henrik Kauffmann Fund; The F. Donald Kenney Fund for the Visual Arts; The Helen Lee and Emil Lassen Fund; The Asbjørn Lunde Fund in Memory of Karl and Elisa Lunde;
The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation Young Artists Performance Endowment Fund; The Philip W. Pfeifer III Fund; The Hilppa Roby Fund for Finnish Cultural and Educational Programs at Scandinavia House; The Thord-Gray Memorial Fund; and The Andrew E. and G. Norman Wigeland Fund; as well as by The Centennial/Second Century Fund; The Icelandic Cultural Fund; and The Norwegian Centennial Cultural Fund. The American-Scandinavian Foundation is very grateful for the support of all donors whose contributions make the programs at Scandinavia House possible.