The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown 2018 Call for Scholarships


Established in 1935, the Polish Arts Club of Youngstown is dedicated to perpetuating and promoting the rich arts and culture of Poland with a special focus on literature, music, drama and fine arts.

An important part of that proud legacy is the Club's annual awarding of scholarships. Applications for 2018 awardees are being accepted until March 9. Download the application here. Hundreds of students from a variety of backgrounds and interests have been the recipients of our Club's Scholarship Awards over the last 82 years. Students do not have to be of Polish descent OR be majoring in the arts. Please share this opportunity with a worthy college undergraduate and graduate students. Perhaps this year it will be a deserving student that you know! For clarification call 330-565-0467.

The Scholarship Awards will be given out at PAC Annual Art, Music & Scholarship Tea on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 1 PM at -- for the FIRST TIME EVER--The Butler Museum of American Art -
TRUMBULL BRANCH (9350 East Market Street Howland, OH).

It will be a special occasion as the current featured Butler artist, Dennis Wojtkiewicz, is of Polish extraction. A professor of art at Bowling Green State University, Wojtkiewicz is an artist best known for his distinctive large-scale paintings of fruit and flowers in which “the subject matter is encapsulated and transfixed by a heightened approach to realism”. Get a taste of his work here .

This year's event with thematically honor Narodowe Święto Niepodległości - the 100th Anniversary of National Independence Day, 1918-2018!
The Sejm of the Republic of Poland (the lower chamber of the Polish Parliament) declared 2018 to be the Jubilee Year of Poland’s Independence. Throughout the year Poland and Polonia throughout the world are commemorating the centennial anniversary of what is known as Poland's "rebirth." Of course Poland did not begin as a country so recently; it has been building its independence, its cultural significance and its dignified place in Europe for more than 1000 years. However, this anniversary is significant.

This November 11, 2018
 marks the centennial of Poland regaining independence after 123 years of partitions by Russian, German and Austro-Hungarian empires. On that day in 1918, Józef Piłsudski became the head of Polish Army and de facto chief of the sovereign state known as the Second Polish Republic. The Sejm resolution pays tribute to the generations of Poles fighting for the dream of free Poland and working to preserve the “spiritual and material substance of the nation.”

Among the “Fathers of Independence” mentioned in the motion is Ignacy Paderewski, cherished in the United States for his piano virtuosity. Using his worldwide fame to promote the idea of independent Poland, he is widely credited for his role in moving the U.S President Woodrow Wilson to include the creation of Polish sovereign state as one of prerequisite peace conditions for ending the World War I. Presented to the U.S. Congress on January 8, 1918 as point XIII of his famous “Fourteen Points,” this declaration remains the most remembered contribution of the United States into the rebirth of independent Poland.

The Tea is free and open to the public so
we encourage you to attend and bring your friends. It is consistently a very enjoyable afternoon of education, fellowship and Polish arts and culture.

Do Zobaczenia!
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team




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