SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - National Institute of Arts (NIA) is proud to announce for ART HEALS 2018, the dynamic duo of Dirkjan Jansen de Jong and Joost de Jong, better known as DJ and Joost. The two dedicated and committed artist have committed significant portions of their lives to bringing and offering relief through their art.
Their self-less act of volunteerism, has taken them to tsunami ravaged India, and raising funds for victim of Japan after the earth quake in 2011. Now their commitment to giving back, returns them to St.Maarten.
Five years ago, DJ and Joost returned to the Netherlands after a very productive three years in St. Maarten where they worked as musical theatre teachers at Motiance Dance School Foundation with classes in Saba, Statia and St.Maarten.
Five years ago in February, their last project was the staging of a production entitled “Blown Away” now here they are five years later back in St.Maarten in February “Blown” back to our shores by the winds of changes that swept through the Caribbean called IRMA.
DJ and Joost are here with a mission. The two performing artists, now turned vegan chef and holistic wellness coach are here to offer St.Maarten their hearts, their talents, and their cooking skills.
Combining their love for musical theatre, and their love for healthy meals, DJ and Joost, will be collaborating with the National institute of Arts ART HEALS program to contribute to the recovery process of St.Maarten to help build back a stronger SXM.
Starting February 8 the DJ and Joost will kick of their philanthropic journey to SXM with a musical theatre workshop, open the community, free to all who wish to participate. This they will combine with offering and serving free vegan meals to the seniors and offering to families still living in Hurricane Shelters… the meals will be available at the National Institute of Arts located at the john Larmonie Center.
The high light of their time in St.Maarten will be the staging a musical Revue and Fundraising event at the Holland house on February 17. To benefit Animal Defenders and the National Institute of Arts ART HEALS program.
Classes and meals are available to all Free of charge and can be had at the National institute of arts for more details please visit or Facebook page or call NIA 1-721-543-0600.