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Modern Poland – Gallery Opening (Pictures)

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

November 11th Reception at the Polish-American Cultural Center

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

The Polish-American Cultural Center invites anyone interested in Polish culture to a reception celebrating Poland’s Independence Day on Friday, November 11th, at 7:00 PM. The reception also marks the opening of the exhibit “Contemporary Poland”. The Center is located in the heart of Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood, at 6501 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44105. Free parking is across the street.

Polish-American Cultural Center Featured on Channel 3 News

Friday, April 8th, 2011

On Location: Polish Museum in Slavic Village

Last night Channel 3 News featured our wonderful Cultural Center and Polish Museum in their On Location news report.

If you are interested in getting a private tour of the Polish Museum you can schedule an appointment by calling 216-883-2828 or stop by any Sunday from 11 am – 3pm. (more…)

Pictures – 25th Anniversary of Priesthood of Rev. Jerzy Kusy

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Pictures from banquet of the occasion of 25th Anniversary of Priesthood of Rev. Jerzy Kusy and his classmates at Polish-American Cultural Center. (more…)

Cleveland’s Polish community mourns death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer Richard Romaniuk, a member of the Polish-American Cultural Center in Cleveland’s Slavik Village neighborhood, places a candle on a memorial for the Polish victims of the plane crash. CLEVELAND, Ohio — A planned celebration at the Polish American Cultural Center Saturday night turned into a memorial observance.

The death of the president of Poland and other top officials in a plane crash today set off a flurry of condolence calls and memorials in the Warszawa Historic District, a former Polish stronghold south of E. 55th Street and Broadway Avenue.

“It’s a tremendous shock,” said Eugene Bak, executive director of the cultural center and museum on E. 65th Street. “Tragedy like this has never happened in the 1,000 year Polish history. Nothing even close.”

The Center had planned a celebration Saturday night of the 200th birthday of composer Frederic Chopin, but quickly altered the program to be a memorial for all of those killed in the plane crash. Though much of the violin and piano music remained, the center changed the poems to be read in the program.

Organizers also added candles and flowers on the stage, along with a large black ribbon draped over panels of red and white cloth representing the Polish flag.

St. Stanislaus Church nearby had a Polish flag flying at half mast this afternoon, right below an American flag. Father Michael Surufka said the deaths will be recognized at services this week, particularly at the regular Polish-language mass at 10 a.m. Sunday.

By Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/04/clevelands_polish_community_mo.html

April 10, 2010, 6:54PM, Plain Dealer

I Had a Dream…

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Lately there has been a lot of news about the place, or rather places!, where this year’s May 3rd parade will be held. Polonia’s home in Slavic Village has for some time been getting painfully smaller and now will have to adjust to the closing of churches and schools…And then we have an unexpected development – two parades! Someone might say, „Enjoy it! That’s the way it is!” It’s not good, though, because too much of a good thing is just the same as not enough.

After much discussion it has been decided that one Polish parade will be held, in accordance with tradition, in Warszawa (that is, Slavic Village) and a second parade will be held in Parma. It’s a little absurd…unfortunately, our Polonia is not able to hide its divisions or, rather, its chronic dismemberment. The saying, „where there are two Poles, there are three parties” has not lost its significance but rather gathered strength. We might say today that where there is one Pole, there are two parades. (more…)

Dear fellow Polonian,

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

It is once again time to renew your membership in the Polish American Cultural Center honoring John Paul II. For those who are not members of the Center, we hope you will join us in our mission to preserve and promote Polish traditions and culture in the Cleveland area.

We had a successful year in 2009 and we continue to be optimistic about our future. We had a number of events such as celebrations of Polish Constitution and Independence Days. Our biggest event of the year was the reception held to honor our living veterans of the Polish Armed Forces in World War II.. We hosted several receptions and a number of dinners including one for Kościuszko Foundation, Ohio Section. Our celebration of Wigilia and the showing of Jasełka by the children of the Polish school were a big hit with the public. We sponsored the appearance of Eleni and Ich Troje, the artistic groups from Poland. We also held First Polish Youth Talent Show. We continue to have Sunday lunches which have become very popular among Polanians as a Sunday get together. (more…)

Treasure of “Forum” lies hidden…

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

A member of our editorial staff, kind-hearted, reserved, taciturn, patient, reflective, understanding, tolerant, warm, kind… humble, wise, mature, sensitive, helpful and…    I could use many other adjectives describing an exceptional and good person because it so happens that they all fit his personality.

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The Cleveland Foundation welcomes Polish-American Cultural Center!

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Polish-American Cultural Center in Honor of John Paul II has reached yet another milestone; in May 2009 Polish-American Cultural Center (PACC) established an organizational endowment fund at the Cleveland Foundation.  The foundation want to thank the board of directors of PACC for the trust you have placed in the foundation.

So what does this mean to PACC and its supporters?  An endowment fund is a fund set aside to generate income as well as for long-term use for the not-for-profit organization.  Having a strong and stable endowment fund is a sign that an organization is fiscally responsible and prepared for whatever the future may hold.  It can also ensure that the mission of an organization can continue in perpetuity if needed.

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Polish Jokes

Sunday, May 1st, 2005

On April 12, 2005, The Plain Dealer published an article entitled Be yourself and laugh at hearty ‘Polish Joke,’ written by Tony Brown.  In reviewing David Ives’ play Polish Joke, Mr. Brown wrote that “big laughs and even bigger kielbasa are the rewards for those venturing (…) for the hilarious area premiere of David Ives’ excoriating satire…”  We learn from the review that the play contains lots of jokes that “deprecate and insult” those who trace their origin to Poland.  And there are “a few snide references about the Vatican as well.”

Apparently, “the point of the play is one of self-acceptance, of being comfortable with who we are.”  This statement by itself sounds unoffending.  However, Mr. Brown gives us some hint what our self-acceptance should entail by including in his article one special quote from the play. “All Polish jokes are true,” proclaims his favorite and the only quote from David Ives’ work.  Apparently according to Mr. Brown, this self-acceptance simply means that we have to accept that we are stupid.  Such explicit public message would be considered offensive if directed at any ethnic group.  We also learn from Mr. Brown’s review that the play includes a nurse who strips down to negligee in the colors of the Polish flag, and that a partition map of Poland is on display during the performance. (more…)