Founders of “Art Rules” Nominated for “Pearls of the Dutch Caribbean” Award


Last week the Dutch Caribbean Pearl Awards in the Netherlands announced 35 nominees, in different categories to celebrate the work of organizations and individuals who are positive examples in the Dutch Caribbean community. Ira and Ayra Kip were nominated in the Arts & Literature category for their outstanding work with their Pancake Gallery Foundation and as founders of the International Educational Arts Program, Art Rules. The sisters will be present at the main award gala and show on June 14, 2014, which will be attended by the mayor of Rotterdam. See excerpts here and more information in the links below:

Organizers of the DC Pearls also known as OCEAN (Overleg Orgaan Caribbische Nederlanders) are the official operating advisory to the Dutch Government and its ministries. Since 2012, the organization, in collaboration with the city of Rotterdam, have been acknowledging and promoting the accomplishments of people and businesses whose work is ether a positive example of, or dedicated to the advancement of the Dutch Caribbean community both in the Netherlands and on all six Dutch Caribbean islands.

[. . .] The twin sisters Kip released a statement, expressing to be humbled with this nomination and exited with this, as they noted, unexpected nomination. Currently working hard and deep into pre-production for the 5-year celebration of Art Rules Aruba and the kick off for Art Rules Curaçao, Ira and Ayra are working overtime to get both projects of the ground.

Aside from their nomination in specific categories, Ira and Ayra are also up for the “Most Outstanding Pearl Award”. This award is the acknowledgement of the Best Pearl of 2013/2014 Award and is voted on by the public.

To vote for Ira and Ayra, visit

For more information on their Arts Program Art Rules, visit the websites and social pages at and and via Facebook @artrulesaruba @artrulescuracao twitter @artrulesU

For more information, see

Also see previous post

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