Co financed Polish language teachers workshop. The workshop was organized by Ewa Pasek. It helps promote the visibility of Polish language programs and centers in North America and brings together teachers of Polish from schools and academia.
Ewa Pasek the organizer of the workshop.
Organized and financed Duo Klavitarre concert at Kerrytown Concert House.
The concert was performed by Jolanta and Maciej Ziemski, who have been playing as Duo Klavitarre - on piano and guitar - for twelve years.
Both artists graduated with awards from the Music Academy in Lodz, Poland, and currently live in Bremen, Germany. Their repertoire included pieces by F. Chopin, but also S. Rachmaninow, A. Skriabin, K. Szymanowski, J.S. Bach, D. Scarlatti, L. van Beethoven, C. Debussy, M. Ravel and many other composers
Duo Klavitarre members, Jolanta and Maciej Ziemski.
Organized the first in a series of planned screenings of documentary films from The Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival archive. The first film, “From Podserednieje With Love” by Tomasz Knittel and Jagna Knittel was screened on central campus at the Shapiro Library..
The film is about a small village in Russia where almost everyone sings. The village was discovered in the 1970s by a Russian musicologist, and a representative local ensemble subsequently went on to tour the world. The movie explores the village culture, and their perception of the world. Villagers talk about their lives, and travels, and all is accompanied by song .A good time was had by all.
Screenshot from documentary, "From Podserednieje With Love"
Co-hosted visit of Ewa Wojciak and The Theatre of Eighth Day. Wojciak gave a Copernicus Program in Polish Studies lecture at the University of Michigan Ann arbor campus: “Breaking Boundaries Before and After Censorship: A Personal Story of When and How You Should Say No”. The troupe performed “The Files” and subsequently spent an evening with attendees at a special dinner hosted by the Polish Cultural Fund Board.
Polish Cultural Fund members with the Theater of the Eight Day members.
Co-hosted Robert Biedron, author and mayor of Slupsk, Poland. A prominent Polish LGTB activist, Biedron delivered a Copernicus Program in Polish Studies lecture, “Sexual minorities and Civil Rights in Poland”. There was also a special dinner honoring Biedron at a board member’s home in Ann Arbor.
Robert Biedron in front of iconic Diego Rivera mural in Detroit Institute of Arts
Co-hosted visit of prominent Polish jazz trumpeter, Tomasz Stanko. Stanko performed at Hill Auditorium with his NEW BALLADYNA QUARTET.
Polish Cultural Fund members with Tomasz Stanko
Co-finansed the documentary movie “Bridging Urban America: the story of master Engineer, Ralph Modjeski” by Barbara and Leonard Myszynski.
Polish Cultural Fund members with Barbara Myszynski
Organized and financed Dr Jacek Bojakowski lecture “Sight Resolution, Brain Intergration and Minature Portrait czyli rozdzielczosc wzroku, integracja mozgowa I miniatura portretowa” and exhibition of Dr Bojakowski minature portraits. The exhibition took place at local Amadeus restaurant.
Polish Cultural Fund members with Dr. Jacek Bojakowski
Organized and funded IPN exhibition, “Katyn,” and hosted Lukasz Kaminski, IPN President (special thanks to Ewa Pasek).
Co-financed the production of Slawomir Grunberg's movie, “Karski – the Lord of Humanity.”
Co-hosted and co-financed the visit of Marcin Gizycki and his presentation of the history of polish animation.
Polish Cultural Fund members with Slawomir Grunberg
Co-sponsored Annual Copernicus Program in Polish Studies lecture, given by acclaimed director and screenwriter, Agnieszka Holland. The lecture, “A Filmmaker’s Approach to Society’s Most Vexing Concerns” was followed by a free screening of Oscar nominated movie, “In Darkness.”
Photo from evening with Agnieszka Holland.
Supported documentary movie by Barbara and Leonard Myszynski: “Modjeska – Women Triumphant,” which was screened at 2009 the Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival.