Management Team




MARGRIET KRUYVER studied history of art and is head of department and tutor at the Audiovisual Department (VAV – moving image), at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Previously, she worked at Arti et Amicitiae, an Artists’ Society in the heart of Amsterdam, where she curated exhibitions, wrote articles on art and made catalogues and books. Her current practice at the Rietveld involves giving direction to the department and together with her team, she organizes student-projects, exhibitions, and publications.

In 2005, Margriet started working with the Ateliers ’89, and in 2008 Gerrit van der Hout joined the organization. Together they curate the program and look for funding in order to make Ateliers ’89 the lively Institute where young people and the public of the island can discover their artistic talents and ambitions and develop them. With several Caribbean institutes like Fresh Milk, ARC Magazine, and the IBB, Margriet works on Caribbean Linked bridging the gap between the islands by stimulating dialogue on contemporary art practice. Margriet is a jury member for the Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds (Netherlands).


GERRIT VAN DER HOUT was born in Amsterdam and studied history at the University of Amsterdam. In 1987, he co-wrote the book highlighting the 150th anniversary of Artist Society / Arti et Amicitiae (For Art and Friendship). After that he stayed involved with Arti, organizing exhibitions and raising funds to enable various projects. Gerrit continued working as the coordinator for Arti from 1996 until 2001. In 2001, Gerrit was appointed Head Building and Design at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht in the Netherlands. In 2008, Gerrit began working with Margriet Kruyver and Elvis Lopez in support of the organization Ateliers ’89 in Oranjestad, Aruba. Together they are responsible for the fundraising for Ateliers ’89 and Caribbean Linked and the coordination of their programs.

We are very thankful for the great and loyal help of our friends:

Chrislene Arends, Maria Silva and Lupita Bernabela, who are also members of the board.
Nuris Lampe, Cheryl Coronel, Noraina Pietersz, Mich Biegstraaten, Geert Rep, Elton Hart, Desiree Sporkslede, Adriano Nanof, Frans Pardo, Louwrens Duhen, Jet Schroot, Rubia Bernabela, King Lie-Kwie, John Lee, Fernando Vermeer, Semi Chahmi and the members of the board who offer their relentless help.


Chair-Amy Richards, independent media producer
Secretary, Maria Silva Hart, director Vibration Company- PR
Treasurer, Lupita Bernabela, artist, Dancer and performer
General member, Chrislene Arends, Advertising specialist


Chair, Jos Houweling, voormalig directeur Sandberg Instituut, Oprichter Stichting One Minutes Amsterdam

Treasurer, Jos Burger, board member technology companies and investor.

Secretary, Angelo Tromp, advisor art affairs

Financial advisor
Donna Wolf

Financial supervision
Plus Accountants, Anthony Croes assisted by Daisy López

With many thanks to the Government of Aruba, Mondriaan Fund, BankGiro Loterij Fonds, Unoca, Cede Aruba, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribisch Gebied, VNO, TPEF, Garage Centraal,  Rotary Aruba and all the sponsors that offer us their generous support.





And “KITTYPUSS” our janitor