Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, Inc. (The “Institute”) is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1954 to stimulate in the United States interest in the culture, art, customs, language, literature and history of Spanish-speaking countries and to promote among the Spanish-speaking peoples of the world knowledge and understanding of the ideals, culture and customs of the people of the United States, to the end that ties of friendship may be formed, mutual understanding promoted, and bonds of peace strengthen.
In furtherance of such purpose to sponsor lectures, exhibitions and concerts; to hold receptions to bring together distinguished members of the Hispanic intellectual world with those of the United States; to promote an exchange of students, scholars, artists and musicians between Spanish-speaking countries and the United States; to conduct art exhibitions; to advise and assist foreigners in visiting American cultural centers and institutions; and to make contributions to organizations which have been granted exemption by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue from the payment of income taxes pursuant to the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. The Institute does not engage in any political activity and does not disseminate any controversial or partisan propaganda, or permit any of its funds or facilities to be used for any such purposes.
Queen Sofía Spanish Institute was formerly named “Spanish Institute” and renamed in November 2003 to recognize the support given to the Institute by Her Majesty Queen Sofía of Spain.
The Institute primarily strengthens its mission through cultural and educational activities, including lectures, symposia and book presentations addressing topics of current international interest in public affairs, business, science, and the arts.
Queen Sofía Spanish Institute has maintained an especially strong commitment to the fine arts by exhibiting major masters and newly emerging artists from Spain, the Americas, and Europe. International acclaim has surrounded exhibitions ranging from Iberian Antiquities to shows on Francisco de Zurbarán, Francisco de Goya, Joaquín Sorolla, Ignacio Zuloaga, Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, Pablo Picasso, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Santiago Calatrava, to name a few.
The annual Queen Sofía Spanish Institute Gold Medal Gala was established in 1978-2013 to recognize individuals who have contributed to the international appreciation of Spain and Ibero-America through their achievements in such varied disciplines as international relations, science, business, the arts, literature, and philanthropy.
As a not-for-profit American organization, the Institute is supported by the Board of Directors, friends of the Institute, individual and corporate memberships, as well as foundation and corporate grants.