Jan Hanvik has served in many capacities in New York City and State, regional, national, and international arts development and diplomacy. In 2019 he founded, and now directs, the hybrid Crossing Bridges LLC (US)/Puentes y Redes A.C. (Mexico) to oversee projects aligned with the No Borders movement promoting the free flow of culture throughout North America. In 2019, he was named Ambassador by the indigenous P’urhépecha community of San Juan Nuevo Parangaricutiro, Michoacán, Mexico, to adapt the indigenous-run Pantzingo ecotourism park into an international artist residency.
Hanvik served as Executive Director for the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center on Manhattan’s Lower East Side (2008-16); Columbia County Council on the Arts in the Hudson Valley, New York State (2002-08); and PAMAR-Pan American Musical Art Research (1986-2001). He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Dance to El Salvador (1990-91) and in Arts Management to Uruguay (1999) and Argentina (2001). Jan completed a 2-year consultancy with the Ford Foundation’s Latin America Program. The US Department of State awarded Hanvik an American Cultural Specialist Award to teach modern dance in Bolivia. He was a consultant with the National Endowment for the Arts Artist Residency Program, visiting artist residencies throughout the US, advising on their outreach to people of color for their boards and artists in residence.
He graduated from City College of New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Dance and a minor in Latin American Studies was recruited by New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies for its M.A. program.