Posts Tagged ‘polish american cultural center’

Why Eugene Bak?

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

The government of the Republic of Poland has honored Eugene Bak, cofounder and long time President and Executive Director of the Polish-American Cultural Center in Cleveland, with the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. We can read the following about such orders and distinctions in a law of the Sejm from October 16, 1992:

„Article 13. The Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland is an award for distinguished merit in the field of cooperation between nations. The Order is presented to a foreigner or Polish citizen living abroad whose activities have made a significant contribution to international cooperation and cooperation linking Poland with other states and nations.” (more…)

Legacy of Adam Grant

Friday, January 5th, 2007

The tragedy of great artists, says Peggy Grant, is that they live only during the time that they work, and when they pass away, their creation dies with them if they have no one to pass on their way of seeing the world.  She never wanted this fate to befall her husband, Adam Grant, and therefore she continues his work in her own special way identifying with his creation, presenting it to the world by traveling to various Polish centers to talk about Adam Grant’s life and art.  He has remained alive in this way and by her side.

We were fortunate to have been visited by Mrs. Grant in the Cleveland Polish American Cultural Center on January 5, to hear her speak about Adam Grant and view his work in a slide show presentation.
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ArtDeco…… Tamara L. – Maria Górska

Friday, April 1st, 2005

Along with many others, I recently had the opportunity to enjoy the stage production of “Tamara L” at the Polish American Cultural Center.  Joseph Hart, the newest member of our editorial team at FORUM, recently reviewed the play.  Because of Eugene Bak’s efforts to bring the Polish theatrical troupe and their play, “Tamara L” to Cleveland, I take the opportunity to convey to our readers some of the interesting history of the twenties, and to tell about one of the fascinating figures at the center of that era. (more…)

A walk through Slavic Village

Monday, November 1st, 2004

Slowly, but surely a new face of Slavic Village is born. All you have to do is look around. So many restored buildings, with the best example being the Polish American Cultural Center. It is so nice to look at it without shame, and hear someone say: “Unbelievable, such a nice place in the Warsaw district?” However, more beautiful does not necessarily mean safer, but …that will change too, just as the surroundings have changed. Not long ago an acquaintance told me that he is buying a house. His answer to the typical question “where?” was, “You will laugh, but in the Warsaw district.” Maybe this sounds strange, but “He’s not stupid – I thought – he has no children, the prices are lower here than anywhere else, taxes too, and the place is becoming more attractive, and everything is so close.” One can say that there are only positives here.

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Murals on the walls of Polish – American Cultural Center and their creators

Friday, October 1st, 2004

Today I have an interview with creative people–artists. I really enjoy writing about art, therefore it is my great pleasure to focus on two local gentlemen and their creations. They are Mr. Hubert Wisniewski,  Interior designer and Arthur Berg graduate of the Virginia Marti College of Art.

Interior design, has its fashionable trends and styles as any other art form.  In general, the predominant  media  have been : oils , acrylics, watercolors, etc.  Gaining in popularity once again, is the very old technique of painting directly on walls of homes, offices, or elegant banquet halls, as for example, the one found in the Polish-American Cultural Center.  The architectural landscapes we see depicted within are the Cathedral of Gniezno ( a view from a current photo)  Palace Square in Warsaw (a view based on a painting by Canaletto) and the Krakow Marketplace or Main Square, ( a current view). These three murals represent the three historic capitals of Poland:  Gniezno, Krakow and Warsaw.   These murals are the works of the two artists I have mentioned.  Without much further ado, I would like to  introduce these gentlemen to my readers.

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Bellini 101

Thursday, January 1st, 2004

Were it not for the fact that I had been assisted in choosing pastries for the reception following the program by an enthusiastic set of two considerably younger siblings, I could have easily been led to believe that I was attending a lecture presented at a most prominent college of arts and humanities. The Symposium, which took place at our very own Polish American Cultural Center on Sunday, November 16, 2003, at 4:00 pm, was presented, as noted during the open discussion Dr. Jerzy Maciuszko, by several of the most distinguished scholars from the entire city of Cleveland. Opened by none other than Mr. Robert Finn, former Plain Dealer music critic, a position he successfully filled for 27 years, it was continued by Dr. Peter Laki. Only someone of his cultivated breadth of knowledge could have been able to undertake the Herculean task he considers his daily work: to write weekly program notes for the Cleveland Orchestra, a feat most appropriately compared by Mr. David Krakowski to writing a Master’s thesis a week. For his part, Mr. Krakowski, best known to us from his seemingly endless myriad of abilities as music director and organist at St. Stanislaus Church, participated in the Symposium as moderator, alternately presenting the leading speakers and deftly maneuvering the course of the broad discussion. How fittingly he introduced the final guest, not to mention the one most dear to our hearts: the master of the bel canto or canto legato school of singing Dr. Dorota Sobieska.

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