Our Team

Jan Hanvik is Executive Director of PAMAR – Pan American Art Research Inc., a not-for-profit dedicated since 1984 to promoting inter-American understanding through the arts, and is at the same time Co-Founder and Principal of Crossing Bridges, LLC a new for-profit corporation organized with Dominican colleague and transcultural specialist Fabiola Goris, to design creative tourism packages bringing art-makers and art lovers together throughout South, Central, and North America and the Caribbean, Iberia (Spain and Portugal), and beyond.

Mr. Hanvik holds a BFA in Dance from the City College of the City University of New York, and an MA from New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

He was twice awarded Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowships, in El Salvador, in dance, and in Uruguay and Argentina, in arts management. He has been a panelist and consultant to such organizations as the US Department of State, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Ford Foundation, the Compton Foundation, the JM Kaplan Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and others. His overarching goal is to bring people in the arts and the non-arts worlds together, and to bring people together from all of the Americas, and beyond, through the arts.


A cultural entrepreneur, Ferman is the founder and artistic director of  Pan American Musical Art Research, a 501(c) (3) organization she founded in 1984 to promote awareness of and appreciation for the cultures of Latin America.  In this capacity, Ferman conceived 3 festivals, in 2006 the Latin American Cultural Week, (LACW) an annual city-wide festival which highlights the production of dance, ‑ literature, music, theater, visual and performing arts of the Americas in New York City. ­www.lacw.net. ­ In 2012 ­Ferman created Celebracion de la Cultura Hispana in Washington Heights and Inwood, promoting Cultural Development in Upper Manhattan, and in 2014, the First International Tango Festival in NYC, Shall We Tango NYC.

Ferman is a  leading interpreter of the music of the Americas, Uruguayan-born pianist Polly Ferman captivates audiences with outstanding performances of works by Latin American composers. ­Recognized by The Japan Times “a Musical Ambassador of the Americas,” Ferman’s numerous recordings constitute one of the most extensive collections of Latin American repertoire for piano. www.pollyferman.net.  Ferman’s tours as a soloist have included performances with prestigious orchestras around the world, including the San Francisco, Sacramento, Indianapolis, Tokyo, Philippines, Jarkov and Argentine National Symphonies, among others, as well as recitals stages such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tokyo’s Takemitsu Hall, London’s St. Martin in the Fields, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colón, Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts, Shanghai Oriental Art Centre and Bogota’s Teatro Mayor. Ferman created, directs and performs in GlamourTango, a unique all-female international multimedia music, and dance show. The ultimate homage to Women’s Empowerment. ­ www.glamourtango.com


As Principal of Waveform Projects, Matt helps artists, organizations, and projects with business development, project management, fundraising, and promotion, and has participated in the production of and funding for film and television productions, including several documentaries broadcast internationally. His company Signal Brigade produces documentary film projects. 

Matt was previously a Curator, Program Director, Executive Director, and Development Officer for media arts and cultural organizations. He founded and was Executive Director of Perimeter Media + Cultural Projects, a 501(c)3 cultural organization that presented film and video festivals (including the New York Animation Festival), media arts exhibits, educational workshops, and international exchanges. 

Matt is a board member of Northwest Film Form and has an MA in Communications / Media Studies from the New School for Social Research in New York City.


We are happy to announce Lena Hansen as a new member of the PAMAR team. Lena has graduated from the Free University of Berlin in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Spanish and English Philology and will be an Intern assisting Executive Director Jan Hanvik with a wide variety of tasks. Lena’s specialty fields are intercultural relations, communication, and research, and she will support us in the planning and implementation of international cultural events and the administrative development of artist residencies in Mexico City and indigenous communities in western Mexico. As a result of a former internship in Somoto, Nicaragua, she gained hands-on experience in cross-cultural community building and mediation in Latin American societies. We believe that New York City as an international arts capital is ideally poised to receive a professional internationalist such as Lena and we look forward to the cooperation!