Het HEM is a home for contemporary culture, situated in a former munitions factory on the Hembrug site in Zaandam.
Het HEM Foundation is a foundation affiliated with Het HEM BV that has an ANBI status, with an independent board – providing a broad and international network in the arts sector and the socio-cultural domain – and a single manager appointed by Het HEM’s board. Het HEM Foundation has been commissioned to produce a multidisciplinary programme that largely takes place within Het HEM and appeals to a broad local, national and international audience. Our programme focuses on experimentation, human values, the experience of art and the unique context of our building.
Located at the intersection of a cosmopolitan city and nearby village areas, industry and nature, past and future, Het HEM is uniquely positioned to become a base for anyone with a thirst for inspiration, insight and encounters as a sounding board to reflect on our current times. With its programme, Het HEM ushers a new movement that supports artistic experimentation and lowers the threshold for art for its audiences, with the aim to increase cultural participation and public involvement in social concerns.
To achieve this goal and to position Het HEM as a leading cultural institution, the Foundation actively seeks cooperation with local, national and international artists, culture-makers and financial partners such as funding bodies, individuals and companies.