IIAS believes that in today’s globalised world public understanding of present-day Asia is becoming more and more important. IIAS therefore works together with cultural and educational institutions in the Netherlands in order to realise easy-access cultural events with an academic flavour in the areas of Asian literature, cinema and art.
Doing so, IIAS also reaches out to other cultural domains, thereby following its policy to transcend disciplinary boundaries. Science and arts, both being creative processes, are overlapping domains whose interaction can, and does inspire, with the potential to lead to fresh approaches in all disciplines.
In 2013 and 2014 IIAS especially focused on the visual arts and worked together with a number of leading museums in the Netherlands, such as Museum Het Prinsenhof in Delft, the Royal Tropical Museum in Amsterdam, the Groninger Museum and the Nieuwe Kerk and Hermitage in Amsterdam.
The IIAS Outreach Programme is coordinated by Heleen van der Minne.