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2nd International Symposium on Modern Polish Society

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

September 11th at 1:30 pm, just after lunch
This is the second time we have asked prominent guests from Poland to present recent trends in social science and culture to our Cleveland community. Just like last year, this second symposium has developed from the collaboration of Dr. Edward Horowitz, Director of the Polish Studies Initiative, Cleveland State University; Dr. Kathy Farkas, “Invisible Groups in Today’s Poland”, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, CWRU; and Gene Bak, Polish- American Cultural Center.
Everybody is welcome to come to the Center on Sept. 11 at noon to have lunch with our guests! Then join us for the presentation afterwards.
In this issue of Forum, you will find information about our guests and their presentations (below) as well as reflection papers written by Case Western Reserve University students who visited Poland this year as a part of the “Invisible Groups in Today’s Poland” travel-study program. There is also a reflection “paper” written by our guest, Ewa Sadkowska, concerning her family’s arrival to the United States. Maja and Zosia are the beautiful daughters of Ewa and her husband Lesław Tetla. You may meet them during the Symposium as well.
Speakers and their presentations
Łukasz Koperski, PhD student in the Institute of Sociology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań. Member of the Polish Sociological Association and the Polish Association of Schools of Social Work. His research interests concern social policy, social economy, social contexts of disability, gerontology, and counseling in the media. Member of the research group realizing local public policy programs (diagnosis and strategies) in Poznań.
Title of talk: Social Economy in Poland: innovative examples of community involvement in solving local problems.
Abstract: The social economy is a rapidly growing sector combining two aspects: economic (economic development, goods production, reducing unemployment) and social (solving social problems, social inclusion, strengthening of social capital). The Polish social economy is one of the best functioning in the European Union. We can indicate innovative measures aimed at combining these aspects, including crowdfunding, corporate social responsibility, cause related marketing, and social revitalization. Such activities allow the inclusion of the public in the process of organizing support, moving away from the traditional principles of charity and strengthening local social capital.
Ewa Sadkowska – Manager, National Orchestra of Polish Radio, previously with Stanislaw Wyspiański Dramatic Theatre, responsible for sales and distribution, audience development, commercial events, sales strategy.
Title of talk: A successful transformation from an industrial city to Unesco City of Music
Abstract: The influence of quality of place on people’s perspectives on culture; the need to develop audiences and to encourage participation in cultural events through the use of effective strategies and audience segmentation; turning an area known for coal mines and industry into the best tourist site in Katowice, through revitalization

Lesław Tetla: visual artist, head of Interdisciplinary Actions Studio, Associate Professor, Dean of Faculty of Art, Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice

Title of talk: Artists behind bars

Abstract: Dick Higgins created the term intermedia, defining it as the actions placed between art and life, between artistic means of expression and the media through which human existence articulates itself. This anthropocentric way of perceiving art is very important in the work of the Katowice Academy’s Interdisciplinary Actions Studio, which, in its actions outside the walls of the school or galleries, in public space, enters into direct relation with specific places and the problems of people living in them. One of the most important socially oriented projects is the cooperation with the prison in Zabrze. The aim of this work is stimulation through art. Direct involvement of inmates in art projects is intended to ease tensions and prevent acts of aggression, as well as encourage them to read books and watch films.

 

“Polonia in Cleveland and the Journey of Julian Stanczak”

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Western Reserve Historical Society

 

As part of the series of events celebrating the life and work of Julian Stanczak, a panel discussion on Cleveland’s Polish immigrant community will be held at Western Reserve Historical Society on Wednesday, March 19th, from 2 to 4 pm. Participating in the discussion will be Gene Bak, Mary Erdmans, John Grabowski, and Sean Martin. This panel discussion will examine the long history of Cleveland’s Polish immigrant community, with particular emphasis on the post-war migration of individuals like Julian Stanczak who came to play major roles in art and culture within and outside of that community. This is a free event. For more information on Stanczak, including details of current exhibitions, see http://www.siegallifelonglearning.org/stanczak-programs.html

 

Koncert Klezmafour w Centrum

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

W piątek, 11-tego marca o 7-mej wieczorem w Centrum odbędzie się koncert polskiej grupy Klezmafour. Serdecznie zapraszamy!

Tutaj można usłyszeć jak grają: Klezmafour

Zespół KLEZMAFOUR powstał w 1999 roku w Lublinie. Od tamtego czasu stale koncertuje. Ma na swoim koncie występy w wielu miastach Polski i za granicą (Hiszpania, Niemcy, Słowacja, Austria, Szwajcaria). Niejednokrotnie nagrywał również dla radia i telewizji. Inspiracją dla artystycznej aktywności kwintetu jest historia miasta, z którego pochodzą, miasta, w którym mieszały się niegdyś muzyczne tradycje Wschodu, Zachodu i Południa.

W ich repertuarze znajdują się:

  • Utwory stylizowane muzyką mniejszości żydowskiej i fascynującą kulturą Bałkanów.
  • Kompozycje własne członków zespołu.

Rzeczą do której od samego początku istnienia zespół przywiązywał szczególną uwagę, to idealne zgranie. “Chcemy, aby nasza muzyka brzmiała, jak wykonywana na jednym instrumencie. Doskonałe wyczucie proporcji barwowych i dynamicznych oraz umiejętne operowanie nimi – to nasz cel, do którego dążymy od początku”. Członkowie zespołu są absolwentami Uniwersytetu Muzycznego im Fryderyka Chopina w Warszawie. Gruntowne przygotowanie i edukacja muzyczna od najmłodszych lat pozwalają im realizować swoje założenie “idealnego zgrania” w sposób profesjonalny i przemyślany.

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Piotr Rubik concert – SANTO SUBITO

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Polish American Cultural Center is sponsoring Piotr Rubik concert entitled SANTO SUBITO.
It is Canto Biography of Pope John Paul II. It is a musical spectacle with 40 performers and 8 soloists.

The concert is in Magnificat HS Auditorium 20220 Hilliard Ave., Rocky River, OH on Thursday October 14, 2010 at 8 PM.

Tickets are $45 in Balcony and $60 & $70 in orchestra and mezzinine if purchased in advance and may be ordered by sending a check to PACC 6501 Lansing Ave., Cleveland, OH 44105 or by calling Gene Bak at 440 263 5552

I Saw the Miracle on the Vistula

Friday, February 26th, 2010

The exhibit „The Vision of the Polish Military in the Work of the Kossak Family” was on display at the Museum of the Polish Military in Warsaw from the first days of May until the end of September 2008. One of the works on display was an oil painting done by Jerzy Kossak in 1930, titled „Miracle on the Vistula”. (more…)

Magdalena Abakanowicz in Chicago

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

In Chicago’s Grant Park, work began in November on the installation of an interesting project named “Agora” (from the Greek, “a place of meeting”) by our own Magdalena Abakanowicz. This seems a good time, then, to introduce the artist with a few words here.

Abakanowicz (born June 20, 1930) is one of the most well-known Polish artists throughout the world. For many years, she was one of the main „exports” of Polish culture, representing the country officially on the world stage; she was one of the most often cited artists in promotional materials for Polish art.

Abakanowicz specializes in creating large, figurative, spacial compositions using fabric, stone, wood, and bronze; her compositions have become known as „abakans” from her name. She is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, where she taught classes from 1965 to 1990. Silhouettes of human figures standing in a certain order are a frequent feature of her work. One example is „Nierozpoznani” (The Unrecognized), permanently installed at the Citadel in Poznań. The Chicago Project “Agora” is similar.
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