Aruba's National Theater and Cultural Center Since 1958

History

1949

In 1949, after recognizing a great need for a center where art and culture could be practiced, a group of local cultural associations, led by the Cultureel Centrum Aruba, joined forces to develop Aruba’s first Cultural Center. Together, the associations founded the Stichting Schouwburg Aruba (SSA): a foundation specifically aimed at building the cultural center in order to secure the development, continuation and promotion of art and culture in Aruba.

To establish the historic venue, the SSA received financial support from the government of Aruba, Sticusa (a foundation aimed at promoting cultural exchange between Suriname and the now-defunct Netherlands Antilles), the Lago Oil & Transport Company and the Royal Netherlands Steamship Co. The building was designed by architect F. F. Zingel, who also designed Centro Pro Arte and the church of Brievengat on the island of Curaçao. In 1957, the first stone was laid by Ms. J.H.M. Kwartsz-Spruyt, marking the beginning of the construction.

The center first opened its doors on November 15, 1958 under the name Cultureel Centrum (Dutch for “Cultural Center”). Later, the foundation
adopted its present name Cas di Cultura (Papiamento for “House of
Culture”). To this day, Cas di Cultura is still owned and managed by SSA. Throughout the years, the foundation has seen many members, including professionals in a variety of fields, all dedicated to ensuring the
sustainability of Aruba’s only theater. In recent years, the foundation has broadened its mission by initiating projects that – in addition to being
entertaining – are focused on cultural and artistic education. By doing so, Cas di Cultura hopes to further engage the Aruban community, particularly the younger generation, to admire, preserve and share Aruba’s culture and the arts in general.

Message from our Director, Vicky Arens

It is hard to find Arubians that don’t have fond memories of Cas di Cultura. Nostalgia hits through the nostrils as soon as one enters the auditorium, the best feeling ever.
In its nearly 63-year existence Cas di Cultura is well established as Aruba’s prime house of culture. It has seen generations grow on and off stage and has proudly welcomed tens of thousands visitors per year since opening its doors.
Our core values are guest friendliness, being a unifying agent, offering quality products and being inclusive. 2020 has shown our resilience and the absolute need for continuous cultural programming, not only as a healing balm and also for sheer feel good entertainment. In the coming 5 years we seek to renovate the building, revamp our business model and be even more open and accessible to and interesting for the public on a daily basis.
In 2021 we are looking for partnerships and patrons for the realization of our renovation project, which will ensure that this and future generations will be able to come into contact with the arts and have the proper expression opportunities and platforms. We are eager to hear from you in this respect but feel free to contact us for any other questions and ideas.

Mission

Through the organization, presentation and stimulation of all facets of arts and culture, Cas di Cultura aims to inspire.

Vision

To be the cultural and artistic heart of the community.

Cas di Cultura logo

Just like art and culture evolve, Cas di Cultura's logo evolved with time. With its diverse users in mind, Cas di Cultura's new logo is a clean, visual, and modern depiction of our organization.
The blue triangle represents a sound speaker and the play button for music, the purple swirl portrays the free from of the (visual) arts, the red star referring to Aruba's flag and red as the color of passion, the green circle of the dance pirouette, and the orange soil colored square represents the stage's square.

Board members

Esther Pezij-broeksema

Secretaris

Mark-benson Denz

Bestuurslid

Iris Giel

Bestuurslid

Jouel Croes

Bestuurslid

Carlos Tapias

Voorzitter

Siegfried Dumfries

Bestuurslid

Nicole Booi

Penningmeester

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