Please join us at the NOWODWORSKI FOUNDATION
16TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
Honoring SENATOR ANNA MARIA ANDERS Secretary of State Republic of Poland
this year’s recipient of the KING JAN III SOBIESKI AWARD for championing Polish-Cultural Exchange
Saturday, October 29th, 2016
Bronxville Women’s Club
135 Midland Ave, Bronxville, NY 10708
You can also support the event by mailing your check (with a note Jagiello Monument) to: the Nowodworski Foundation, 18 Central Way, Purdys NY 10579
September 16, 2016 UPDATE (project site, Central Park, NYC)
King Jagiello of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Grand Duke of Lithuania, united Lithuania and Poland, became king after marrying Jadwiga, the Queen of Poland, in 1386. The Monument depicts the momentum at the Battle of Grunwald in 1410 when the King crossed over his head the two swords as a symbol of defiance and of the union of Polish–Lithuanian forces. Known as the Grunwald Swords, they were the invitation to battle offered to the king in an ironic gesture by his adversary Ulrich von Jungingen, Grand Master of the Teutonic Order of Cross. The sound of crossed swords gave the signal for the battle.
1050 anniversary of the Baptism of Poland and STREET MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL
June 12, 2016 – 11AM–5PM 239 Nepperhan Ave. Yonkers, NY 10705 St. Casimir Church and parish grounds Historical & folk costumes welcome
ST. CASIMIR CHURCH, 10:00 AM
Mass in the church of St. Casimir, along with the renewal of baptismal promises with the text of the 1000th anniversary of the baptism. Malgorzata Kellis, soprano – “Bogurodzica” (Mother of God) polish oldest song, Krisztina Kiss, violin.
COURTS & GALLERIES, 11:15 AM
Cabaret Karol presents – “Baptism of Prince Mieszko I and his court”
Parish Library – transmission of soccer game – Poland vs Ireland
Dance / DJ Grzegorz
Performances, games for children, sports
Lottery / Polish Buffet
Vendors – presentation and special offer for car buyers
Paintings of Mira Satryan
Exhibit “Poland of Prince Mieszko I”
Historical (and not only) contests for children, teenagers and adults
WOW! Join us Sunday, April 10th for a rare opportunity to enjoy the music of the world-class singer and musicians at St. Casimir Church.
Małgorzata Kellis, soprano Mariusz Monczak, violin Oleg Dusaev , organ
W. A. Mozart —Motet “Exsultate, Jubilate”
H. M. Gorecki —Small Fantasy
F. Borowski —Adoration
T. A. Vitali —Ciaccona
Z. Noskowski —Piesn Polska
S. Moniuszko —Tren X
S. Niewiadomski —Dzwony
P. Mascagni —Ave Maria
Church of St. Casimir, 239 Nepperhan Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701
Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Arts Alive Awards Breakfast 2013. (L-R) Steve Otis, State Assemblyman (91st District); Lisa Robb, Executive Director at New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA); Nicholas Aprea, Nowodworski Foundation; George Latimer, State Senator (37th District); David Gelfarb, County Legislator (9th District)
On February 15 I had the opportunity to attend the presentation of ArtsWestchester’s 2013 Arts Alive Grants on behalf of the Nowodworski Foundation. As I watched representatives from 35 different organizations from across Westchester receive funding for projects ranging from music and dance to creative writing and graphic design, I could not help but reflect on the diminishing support for arts programs overall. This may seem like an odd commentary, especially considering where I was when I thought of it, but the numbers speak for themselves. The total amount of grant money given out at the event was $41,000. That’s $41,000 to be split between the above mentioned 35 organizations. A simple calculation will reveal that that averages out to $1,171.42 per group. Just for comparison, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal estimated that the average person spends about $1,700 a year on upkeep and data costs for a smartphone.
Cutting funding for the arts has unfortunately become something of a trend in the past few years. A casual Google search will yield numerous examples from the local, state, and federal governments. The economy obviously plays a significant part in this funding cutoff, as does the fact that art programs are usually listed as extracurricular activities – in belt-tightening times it simply makes sense to focus solely on the programs that are deemed essential. But while much ado has been made about building a core curriculum around math and science in our country’s educational systems, the beneficial effects of art and music as complementary programs are quickly being overlooked.
The CEOs of the Boeing Company, United Technologies, Eli Lilly and Company, and the Bayer Corporation have all been quoted as saying that it is the arts that foster the innovation and the creativity in the minds of the scientists and technicians who develop the products that make their companies the multi-billion dollar juggernauts that they are today. The few psychological studies that have been conducted regarding this subject matter appear to back up these claims: if a future scientist or engineer accomplishes artistic endeavors at some point in their early lives, there is a greater chance that he or she will become an innovator in their respective field as an adult. And innovation tends to lead to profit.
The bottom line is that public service announcements may stress the importance of math and science while simultaneously warning us that our country is lagging behind the rest of the world in those two categories (currently, I believe we are ranked 25th math and 17th in science). The shift in educational focus may even lead to an increase the amount of scientists and engineers that our colleges produce, but without the arts as a backbone the spirit of innovation will be noticeably absent from their work. Science and engineering projects can always be outsourced, and scientists and engineers can always be insourced (most likely from those countries that rank above the U.S. in math and science), that’s just the way that capitalism works, but innovation and creativity can only be homegrown.
Beginning with “THE DELUGE”, Poland became a lost entity until after WWI. That was itself a brief moment when the Ribbentrop-Molotov treaty went into effect. Only after WWII did it raise again, and continues to do so with centuries of partitions by its neighbors, one wonder being Polish can survive.
But it survives and is celebrated particularly through organizations like the Nowodworski Foundation. Celebration of ones culture can be achieve through many venues. A common way is through festivals or social events. The Nowodworski approach is a walk of discovery of the Polish mind. It is a creative mind. It works hard and diligently. It wants to reach up to the sky. And yet can return to the earth. Through their Summer Art Camp in Poland, of which both my daughters participated. They were immerse in the fertile soil of Poland and blossom from it. I thank the Nowodworski foundation
for connecting our daughters to natures beauty and Humanity. The foundation is GEM that would sparkle for a very long time