Posts Tagged ‘polish culture’

Reverse Raffle December 2018

Sunday, November 25th, 2018

Reverse Raffle fall 2018

The reverse raffle will take place on December 1, 2018, at 5:30 PM.

Come, join us for this wonderful event!



Polish Heritage Garden, Brick by Brick!!

Saturday, May 12th, 2018



We cordially invite you to support our Polish Heritage Garden which will be located next to our Polish American Cultural Center.

This is a great opportunity to create a lasting memory for a loved one or your family to be recognized as supporters of the Polish-American Community in Cleveland, OH. For businesses and other organizations, it is a great way to demonstrate support of Polish-American heritage within the Cleveland area.

Thank you for your kind support! For more information please contact: 216-883-2828

Lunch Menu November 12, 2017

Saturday, November 11th, 2017
Lunch menu

Lunch menu November 12,2017

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.


PACC Annual Polish Picnic

Monday, July 4th, 2016

The Polish American Cultural Center invites you to the annual Polish Picnic!!


Polish picnic 2016

$5 Admission


Delicious Polish Food 


Lots of Attractions 


Music by: Ptaki z Basia Band 

Chance  to win $1000 Cash – 1st Prize

$250- 2nd Prize , $100- 3rd Prize, and Door prizes to win too!

Raffle Tickets: $5 each or $25 for 6 tickets

For more information please call Eugene Bak at 440-236-5552 or

the Center at 216-883-2828


Cleveland Polish Constitution Celebration

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Polish Constitution Day cle 15You are invited to attend the Cleveland Polish Constitution Day Celebration!

Benefit Concert featuring members of…

The Cleveland Orchestra

Friday, April 29, 2016     6:30 PM

 Polish American Cultural Center

6501 Lansing Ave. Cleveland, OH


Cocktails and Happy Hour 6:30PM

Performance 7:00 PM

Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to follow

Donation $50/ Person

All proceeds to benefit the Polish American Cultural Center

For additional information please call

Polish American Cultural Center at 216 883 2828

Gene Bak 440 263 5552

Sunday, May 1, 2016

9:30 a.m. Mass at St. John Cantius Church

906 College Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

11 a.m. Luncheon at the Polish American Cultural Center

6501 Lansing Ave. Cleveland, OH 44105

Food for purchase

12:30 p.m. Parade

Starting from Fleet and E61st, E65th north to Forman Ave.

Street performers, music, dignitaries! Ben F. Stefanski II, Grand Marshall.

1:30 p.m. Parade After Party

Seven Roses Restaurant

6301 Fleet Ave, Cleveland, OH 44105

Live music, food for purchase.

3 p.m. Chopin Concert

Konrad Binienda, piano

Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus

3649 E 65th St, Cleveland, OH 44105

3 p.m. Soccer Match

Stefanski Stadium

6550 Baxter Ave, Cleveland, OH 44105

Polonia Sports Club

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

7 p.m. Reception

Polish American Cultural Center

6501 Lansing Ave. Cleveland, OH 44105

Artistic program, hors d’oeuvres, free event

For more information

Please contact: Charles Gliha, chairman of the Polish Constitution Day Committee


Cleveland Polish Constitution Day website

Cleveland Polish Constitution Facebook page

Polska dzisiaj

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Międzynarodowe Sympozjum na temat współczesnego społeczeństwa polskiego.
Odbędzie się w Polsko-Amerykańskim Centrum Kultury w Cleveland
w sobotę, 19 września, 2015. Początek o godz. 18-tej.
Adres Centrum: 6501 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44105

Sympozjum organizowane jest wspólnie przez:
Dr. Ed Horowitz from “Polish Studies” of Cleveland State University
Dr. Kathy Farkas from “Invisible Groups in Today’s Poland” of Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
And Gene Bak of Polish-American Cultural Center

Idea tego spotkania powstała w wyniku współpracy Dr. Horowitza (CSU) i Dr. Farkas (MSASS) z grupą polonijną przy Centrum. Dr. Horowitz od lat organizuje przyjazdy artystów i intelektualistów z Polski do CSU w ramach studiów polskich. We współpracy z Dr. Piotrem Wilczkiem z Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego zaproponowali na najbliższy semestr wizytę Dr. Tomasza Markiewki i Sebastiana Smolińskiego w Cleveland. Dr. Kathleen Farkas z MSASS od czterech lat współpracuje z wydziałem socjologii Uniwersytetu Poznańskiego (UAM). W tym czasie gościła w MSASS dwójkę studentów i profesora socjologii UAM Dr. Jakuba Isańskiego. W tym roku zaprosiła Dr Hannę Mamzer z UAM na wizytę w Cleveland. Centrum i Polonia w Cleveland wspiera te kontakty i międzynarodową współpracę. Spotkanie 19 września będzie okazją zaprezentowania społeczeństwu Cleveland trójki wybitnych przedstawicieli kultury i nauki współczesnej Polski. Poniżej krótkie opisy zainteresowań naszych gości.

Hanna Mamzer
doktor habilitowany w Zakładzie Socjologii Kultury i Cywilizacji Współczesnej. Zajmuje się zagadnieniami związanymi z przemianami współczesnej kultury. Autorka wielu publikacji poświeconych tej tematyce. Stypendystka Fundacji Fulbrighta, Central European University, British Council, Programu Socrates Erasmus, European University Institute we Florencji, Fundacji im. Stefana Batorego, laureatka akcji stypendialnej Polityki, licznych nagród i wyróżnień. Prowadzi szeroko zakrojoną współpracę międzynarodową.
Dr Mamzer pełni funkcje formalne i społeczne jest przewodniczącą Interdyscyplinarnego Zespołu ds. Wspomagania Współpracy z Zagranicą, operującym przy Ministerstwie Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego. Jako koordynator projektów prowadziła trzy granty na badania z programu Akademicki Poznań- dwa granty poświecone badaniu poziomu zaufania Poznaniaków w stosunku do obcokrajowców.

Tomasz Markiewka
literaturoznawca, absolwent Katolickiego Uniwersytetu Lubelskiego oraz Uniwersytetu Śląskiego w Katowicach, na którym uzyskał doktorat w 2002 roku. Zajmuje się polską literaturą współczesną, w szczególności powieściopisarstwem historycznym Teodora Parnickiego, ponadto specjalizuje się w teorii literatury, teorii przekładu oraz komparatystyce literackiej. Od 2007 jest wykładowcą Akademii Techniczno-Humanistycznej w Bielsku-Białej, gdzie prowadzi zajęcia na polonistyce i anglistyce. Opracował Dzienniki z lat osiemdziesiątych Teodora Parnickiego (Wydawnictwo Literackie 2008), zaś w 2015 roku ukaże się opracowane przez niego pierwsze książkowe wydanie lwowskiego debiutu literackiego Parnickiego z 1929 roku – powieść Trzy minuty po trzeciej (Noir Sur Blanc). Prywatnie wielki miłośnik Śląska, dobrej muzyki i jazdy na rowerze.
W 2015 roku, jako stypendysta Fundacji Kościuszkowskiej, prowadzi zajęcia z historii Polski oraz filmu polskiego w ramach Studiów Polskich na CSU.

Sebastian Smoliński
student amerykanistyki i kulturoznawstwa w ramach Kolegium MISH UW, pasjonat historii kina, krytyk filmowy i operowy. Publikuje w „Tygodniku Powszechnym”, “Dwutygodniku” i „Kinie”. Współpracuje z „Kulturą Liberalną” i festiwalem Dwa Brzegi. Moderator spotkań i konferencji prasowych na Festiwalu Filmowym w Gdyni. Laureat III miejsca w Konkursie o Nagrodę im. Krzysztofa Mętraka dla młodych krytyków filmowych w 2015 roku.
W 2011/2012 roku Teaching Assistant na Cleveland State University przy kursie “Polish Culture Through Film” prof. Piotra Wilczka. Przez rok prowadził i programował klub filmowy na Uniwersytecie Warszawskim (Mishowa Komisja Filmowa przy Kolegium MISH). We wrześniu w Hiszpanii ukaże się monografia Krzysztofa Kieślowskiego “La doble vida de Krzysztof Kieślowski” pod redakcją Joanny Bardzińskiej, na potrzeby której napisał esej o wpływie reżysera na polskie i światowe kino współczesne (premiera książki odbędzie się na festiwalu w San Sebastian).
Lubi jazz, muzykę poważną i współczesną. W wolnych chwilach gotuje, uprawia sport oraz poznaje nocne życie Warszawy.

“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


Discover Polish Easter Tradition of Palm Weaving

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013


Discover Polish Easter Tradition of Palm Weaving

with Ray Vargas

Saturday, March 23, 2013; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Polish American Cultural Center

6501 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland, OH

Fee $8.00 (includes supplies)

Call to reserve your seat  / Contact Carol Stafinski at 440.942.4427

Deadline for reservations is Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sponsored by Ohio Chapter The Kosciuszko Foundation

with the co-operation of the Polish American Cultural Center


Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

You are cordially invited to attend Polish Wigilia to be held on Sunday December 16, 20012 at the Polish American Cultural Center on Lansing Avenue. The dinner will start at 12:30 PM with breaking of opłatek followed by a traditional meatless dinner. After dinner special program about Polish Christmas traditions.

The cost of the dinner is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12.

We hope you can attend. Please make reservation early since we expect a sell out.