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
Uruguayan born visual artist Andrea Nalerio arrived in the US at a young age. She attended Westchester Community College where she graduated with an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Graphic Design/Visual Arts in 2011.
Since 2008 she has been the Executive Assistant of Polly Ferman, Founder and Artistic Director of PAMAR. She did the graphic design and manages all the social media involved in Latin American Cultural Week since LACW was founded. This includes an online system by which artists are invited or apply to participate, and to track where and when and what they will perform, their technical needs, as well as a media campaign to support them.
She also designs all the print and social media materials supporting the Binelli-Ferman Duo, GlamourTango, an all-female program celebrating women in tango, Audrey Ross Publicity, QW Wine experts among others, and recently in 2019 joined Knowledge Art Inc as Associate Director.
She returned to Montevideo in 2018, where she is establishing herself as one of the country’s foremost cultural promoters, utilizing her skills in social media, publicity, international relations, and special event management. She continues to support PAMAR virtually and remotely.
My name is Ileana Guillen, and I am the newest addition to the Crossing Bridges and PAMAR familia. I am originally from California, but I will be residing in New York for the next two months assisting Jan with keeping websites up-to-date, project management, and working on data bases. I am currently studying Computer Science at Skyline College, and aspire to work as a web developer one day in the near future. I have a penchant for felines, enjoy traveling, and write and watch Netflix during my free time. I am most excited about learning about Latin American Culture Week, and the powerful impact art and music have on our daily lives this summer.