Jan Jaap Knol studied Dutch Language and Literature at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. He directs the Netherlands Fund for Cultural Participation, based in Utrecht. As its name implies, the Fund promotes participation in culture, especially by encouraging people to engage in the arts and culture themselves. Before his appointment as Director of the Fund in 2008 he has worked as Head of the Unit for Cultural Outreach and Head of the Programm Culture and School at the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. Jan Jaap Knol is co-chair of the EU working group on ‘Cultural Awareness and Expression’.
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