Established in 1969 as the Romanian Library, the Romanian Cultural Institute (RCI) in North America is one of Romania’s oldest cultural diplomacy vehicles.…
The transformation from a library to a cultural center and, since 2004, a cultural institute has marked almost five decades of development and periodic reinvention.
Endowed with a versatile institutional identity, the RCI is at once a curator, promoter, producer of artistic and cultural events, resource center and learning hub, which act in synergy to showcase the diversity and vibrancy of Romanian artistic, cultural and academic scene and to galvanize the Romanian-American cultural relations at all levels. While based in New York City, the RCI aspires to a Pan-American presence as our projects cover the whole of the United States and major cultural centers in Canada.
The RCI also acts as the principle artistic agency for Romanian artists in the United States and beyond. A networking specialist, it works to establish thriving, ever-expanding partnerships among Romanian and American cultural organizations, public or independent.
The RCI in North America is placed under the common heading of The Romanian Cultural Institute (the Bucharest HQ) and Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is part of the 18-strong network of similar organizations scattered on four continents that constitute the backbone of Romania’s efforts to promote culture and arts throughout the world.
Our Institute has been a member of the New York cluster of EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) since 2007 and of the Washington, D.C. cluster since 2018. Its Director is currently the President of EUNIC New York.