Kosciuszko Gala Concert

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM

You are invited to attend Kosciuszko Gala Concert on Sunday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall. The Concert  is organized by Ars Activa Foundation and is held under the honorary patronage of Deputy Prime Minister of Poland , Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Glinski. The concert will feature works by most prominent Polish composers including the New York premiere of Polonaise Metamorphoses on the theme by Tadeusz Kosciuszko for violin, viola and string orchestra.

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Yonkers-Poland New Business Initiative

Monday, October 30, 2017, 11:00AM
Yonkers City Hall, 40 S Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701

Polish side guests:
Anna Maria Anders, Secretary of State of the Republic of Poland for International Dialoque; Anna Obrycki; Katarzyna Kostro, Trade and Investment Mission of the Republic of Poland in New York; Jola Burnett, Market Research Strategist; Jerzy Lesniak, Architect, President Nowodworski Foundation.

Yonkers side guests:
Liam J. McLaughlin, Yonkers City Council President; John Liszewski, Finance Commissioner, City of Yonkers; Wilson Kimball, Esq, Commissioner, Department of Planning and Development; Euthimios Theotokatos , Director of the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services; Christopher St. Lawrence – Assistant Director of Waterfront Development /Planning and Development Department; Katherine Spencer, Chief of Staff to Liam McLaughlin; Kevin Cacace, President Yonkers Chambers of Commerce;  Jeanne Martinelli, Director of Marketing, Yonkers Chambers of Commerce

Welcome and entry words
Liam McLaughlin, Anna Maria Anders

Introduction of participants
Poland – open to business, opportunities and know-how. Presentation by Anna Obrycki and Katarzyna Kostro, Trade and Investment Mission of the Republic of Poland in New York

Overview of market development in Poland at current stage. Emphasized positive assessment of economy by Ernst & Young. Market measures indicate that Poland is the fastest growing economy in Europe at this moment and creates good climate for pursuing successful business. Special economic zones were created with tax breaks and other incentives specific for each zone. Poland uses own currency PLN (polish zloty) and stays away from Euro, what is favorable for bilateral commerce.

Selected areas of business opportunities in Poland are:

  • Construction of highways and road networks; government plans to double number of highways
  • Information Technology; large number of highly qualified IT professionals; technology incubators
  • Manufacturing; low labor costs, hi-qualification skills of labor, easy access to European and Eastern European markets
  • Banking, almost all major banks are represented but still it is developing market
  • Organic farming; low pollution, restrictions on harmful chemical use in agriculture


Polish business offer is in the following areas:

  • Pharmaceutical
  • IT technology and apps
  • Doors, windows, furniture
  • Organic food produce
  • Yachts
  • Glass products
  • Interest in joint-ventures

Information about Yonkers

As the third-largest City in New York State, Yonkers has nearly 200,000 people located on the Hudson

River adjacent to New York City northern border. Five major highways give Yonkers the best north-south and east-west connections in the northern suburbs. Add two commuter train lines with six stations, plus the greatest number of bus lines in the County, and you can see that Yonkers has a transportation network that cannot be matched. Travel time by commuter train from Yonkers to Grand Central Terminal is under a half hour. Whether you are moving goods out, or employees and customers in, Yonkers is the location to meet your needs. (per Yonkers Industrial Development Agency)

Yonkers represents business/investment opportunity in the following areas:

  • Housing market; large influx of new residents from New York City creates need for new residential units, schools and services
  • Manufacturing; existing industrial era warehouses good for locating new business; skilled workforce
  • Excellent location for starting or doing business in NYC and US with good logistic connections, proximity to airports (JFK, LaGuardia, Newark, Newburgh, Westchester County Airport) and hotel base (5 hotels)


  • Kevin Cacace expressed interest in highway projects in Poland
  • Anna Maria Anders and Jerzy Lesniak informed about Nowodworski Foundation plan to sponsor opening of a charter high school as part of renovation of St. Casimir parish buildings; International Academy of Culture, Arts, Science and Technology – CAST, to serve Yonkers students with rigorous curriculum, focused on 100% graduation towards college or achieving professional certificates and connecting students to the world through international exchange program. It was advised by K. Cacace to connect with Dr. Edwin M. Quezada Superintendent of Schools, Rev. Steve López, President of Yonkers Board of Education and Wendy Nadel Executive Director at Yonkers Partners in Education.

Setting channels for future communication

Yonkers side:

  • Wilson Kimball, Esq, Commissioner, Department of Planning and Development
  • Jeanne Martinelli, Director of Marketing, Yonkers Chambers of Commerce

Poland side:

  • Consul Sabina Klimek, Trade and Investment Mission of the Republic of Poland in New York




Musical Tribute to Thaddeus Kosciuszko

The year 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Tadeusz Kościuszko. It is one of the anniversaries, covered world-wide by the patronage of UNESCO and an excellent opportunity to commemorate this outstanding figure of Polish culture and history.


The Foundation Ars Activa begins these celebrations by organizing a gala concert of Polish music in New York’s Carnegie Hall,  “Musical Tribute to Tadeusz Kościuszko”.

New York, the cultural capital of the United States, is an ideal place to start the celebrations of this 200th Anniversary, and to honor Tadeusz Kosciuszko, “hero of two nations”, Polish and American. The concert will take place on Sunday November 13th 2016 at 7:30pm in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.


The program will showcase some of the most beautiful chamber music written by 12 Polish composers, from Fryderyk Chopin to Krzysztof Penderecki. It will be a unique opportunity, to hear works by F. Chopin, St. Moniuszko, I.J. Paderewski, H. Wieniawski, M. Karłowicz, Z. Noskowski, K. Szymanowski, L. Różycki, G. Bacewicz, R. Twardowski, H.M. Górecki, W Kilar i K. Penderecki, all in one evening. The performers of this concert will be Polish, American, Canadian and Brazilian musicians (e: Mariusz Monczak and Nadia Monczak – violin;  Małgorzata Kellis – soprano; and pianists Durval Cesetti and Dan Smith. The concert will be hosted by actress Liliana Komorowska.The concert is held under the honorary patronage of the Consulate General of Poland in New York. The partners, in the realization of this project are the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Nowodworski Foundation  and the Westchester Pułaski Association.

Tickets, $49.00, are on sale at Carnegie Charge, 212-247-7800 or at the Box Office  at 57th St & Seventh Ave.

More info: ( 917) 455 6641    arsactiva@gmail.com


Jagiello Unveiling

October 30, 2016
Historical Games

October 30, 2016
Jagiello Monument Unveiling


A Symposium held under the Patronage of The Honorable Anna Maria Anders, Senator of the Republic of Poland, Secretary of State Plenipotentiary of the Prime Minister for International Dialogue

October 29, 2016
Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York

16th Anniversary Gala

To see the event photos
please click here

Please join us at the

Secretary of State Republic of Poland
this year’s recipient of the
for championing Polish-Cultural Exchange

(L-R) Senator Anna Maria Anders and Ms. Rita Cosby, Honorary Chairwoman
(L-R) Senator Anna Maria Anders and Ms. Rita Cosby, Honorary Chairwoman

Saturday, October 29th, 2016
Bronxville Women’s Club
135 Midland Ave, Bronxville, NY 10708

Cocktails 5:00 PM
Award Ceremony 5:30 PM
Krystof Medyna, tenor sax 5:40 PM
Dinner 6:00 PM
Dance 6:30 – 11:00 PM
featuring Krystof Medyna Band

Contact: office@sitenf.org

Unique and beautiful Clubhouse in picturesque Bronxville, New York. Listed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places. Located only minutes from Manhattan
Unique and beautiful Clubhouse in picturesque Bronxville, New York. Listed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places. Located only minutes from Manhattan

Jagiello Monument

Celebrate unveiling of King Jagiello Monument in Central Park, NYC. Click to support information campaign and symposium.
Monument unveiling: October 30, 2016, Central Park (near79th street), 12pm to 2pm
Symposium : October 30, 2016, Polish Consulate, 233 Madison Ave, NY, 9am to 5pm


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

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.


  • 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”
  • Bikers Rally
  • Historical (and not only) contests for children, teenagers and adults


Krisztina Kiss, viola
Krisztina Kiss, viola
Mira Satryan and her paintings
Mira Satryan and her paintings

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