Ellen Schindler appointed Member of Council for Culture

The Council for Culture announced today that Ellen Schindler, CEO of De Zwarte Hond, has been appointed as a council member. The Council for Culture is the most important advisory body to the Dutch government in the field of art, culture and media.

After her education at the Willem de Kooning Academy and the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Ellen Schindler channelled her strong love of culture into a professional career. Since 2018, she has been partner/CEO of De Zwarte Hond, where she is responsible for business strategy and development, branding, PR and communication, the Academy and internationalisation. Until 2018, she was CEO at Kossmanndejong exhibition architects, a design agency for museum design which she has given an international face. Ellen has served on various committees of the Creative Industries Fund NL, and is currently a board member of Conny Janssen Danst. In 2016, she was a member of the action agenda committee for architecture and spatial design at the Council for Culture.

Ellen Schindler says of her appointment: “Making development possible. That’s my motto.
Being appointed as a member of the Council of Culture is an honour and a responsibility. I see the task we face as obvious and urgent: how do you get a sector moving again when it has been paralysed for more than a year, and, above all, how do we help the sector to advance? ”

The team at De Zwarte Hond is extremely proud of Ellen for fulfilling such a responsible social role in the cultural sector. The appointment fits perfectly with De Zwarte Hond’s philosophy of taking social responsibility for designing tomorrow’s places to live and creating the conditions for the best living, working and learning environments.

De Zwarte Hond’s Jeroen de Willigen says: “We are of course delighted that someone from the creative industries, who is also one of our partners, has joined the Council for Culture. Ellen can make the connection between culture, social issues and entrepreneurship like no other, she shows that every day with us. ”

Photo: Chantal Elisabeth Ariëns