PROJECTS

project coordinator
cultural animator
grant manager
  • GREENPOINT. THE TRANSITION
    February 2014 through Present
    Project Coordinator
    “Greenpoint. The Transition” is a series of cultural and social activities realized in New York City by the Culture Shock Foundation between May and December, 2014. The project consists of educational workshops, concert series, movie screenings, and local recessional activities — all targeted at Poles, those with Polish roots, and everyone interested in Polish culture and history.
    Grant acquisition and project coordination.
  • GREENPOINT 50+
    April 2013 through December 2013
    Volunteer Workshop Leader
    Brooklyn Public Library, Greenpoint Branch
    Greenpoint 50+ is a series of creative meetings. Targeted at those of Polish ancestry who are 50 and older and to whom Greenpoint, Polish culture, and the experience of emigration are important. During the meetings we talk about: identity, time, memory, multiculturalism and much more; we watch interesting movie clips and read curious texts.
    Responsibilities: Created, designed, implemented, and led workshops for senior citizens in Polish Community in New York.
  • MEDIALAB SENIOR
    November 2012 through December 2012
    Project Coordinator Supervisor & Promotion Manager
    Financed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy
    51,500 PLN Budget

    Medialab Senior was a four day intergenerational workshop where participants learned creative cooperation while gaining the knowledge and skills to become active cultural animators and artists.

    Three groups of ten people, together with professionals from appropriate fields, explored how to design and create senior friendly:

    • items and services
    • public space
    • interfaces and electronics

    The result of this intergenerational cooperation was a catalog of propositions on how to solve problems that arise from items, services, spaces, interfaces, and electronics not being adequately adjusted to the needs of senior citizens.

    Responsibilities: Managed grant application process along with project realization, reporting, and budgeting while also handling media promotions.
  • MY CITY OF DREAMS
    November 2012 through December 2012
    Project Coordinator Supervisor
    Financed by The City of Warsaw, North Praga District
    9,230 PLN Budget
    My City of Dreams is a continuation of workshops on modern dance and drama, combined movement, dance, play, and theater organized by Culture Shock Foundation. The workshops were aimed at children ages 9-13 and culminated in a theatrical spectacle: an artistic vision of experiencing city space by such children themselves. Presenting a scene of a city that was their imagined playground, the children offered a place where they learned to cooperate with peers, resolve conflicts, and be independent – often without the company of adults.
    Responsibilities: Managed grant application process along with project realization, reporting, and budgeting; supervised workshop leaders, photographers, volunteers, cinematographers, and media promotions.
  • CITY OF DREAMS
    May 2012 through September 2012
    Project Coordinator Supervisor
    Financed by The City of Warsaw, North Praga District
    10,000 PLN Budget
    Video available on YouTube
    City of Dreams, a two-week series of workshops on modern dance and drama, combined movement, dance, play, and theater. The workshops were aimed at children aged 9-12 years spending their summer in the city and culminated in a theatrical spectacle: an artistic vision of experiencing city space by such children themselves. Presenting a scene of a city that was their imagined playground, the children offered a place where they learned to cooperate with peers, resolve conflicts, and be independent – often without the company of adults.
    Responsibilities: Managed grant application process along with project realization, reporting, and budgeting; supervised workshop leaders, photographers, volunteers, cinematographers, and media promotions.
  • PICNIC ON THE EMBANKMENT
    May 2012
    Promotion Manager & Event Organizer
    Financed by The City of Warsaw
    20,000 PLN Budget

    'Picnic on the Embankment' was an event held by a coalition of over 60 cultural institutions. The members of the coalition were drawn from those situated on the embankment itself, and are invested in its heritage and value and wish to popularize it amongst the inhabitants of Warsaw and even Poland itself. The event's aim was to increase knowledge and awareness of the embankment.

    'Picnic on the Embankment' consisted of gallery openings, exhibitions, cultural happenings, concerts, urban playgrounds, guided walks, bike rides, and a series of picnics with various activities at different points along the embankment. Animators organized creative, culinary, photographic, and wellness workshops. There were chairs and blankets for those who needed to rest and badminton and Frisbee for those who needed to relax with light sport.

    Responsibilities: Involved in strategic planning; managed grant application along with project reporting and budgeting; liaison to The City of Warsaw; supervised graphic designers, volunteers, workshop leaders and photographers.
  • FREE TIME PROCESSOR PROJECT
    April 2012 through September 2012
    Workshop Leader
    Financed by Arcelor Mittal
    Video available on vimeo
    A series of workshops, walks, and lectures inspiring creativity and activity during retirement.
    Responsibilities: Led philosophical workshops on the subject of time – its perception, definition, and passing.
  • THE EXPERTS
    February 2012 through December 2012
    Project Coordinator, Promotion Manager, Workshop Leader
    Financed by The Ministriy of Culture and National Heritage
    41,200 PLN Budget

    'The Experts' is a project with the goal of attracting individuals 55 and over to the fields of design and art. The participants focus on objects of every day use and create models using novel technologies – such as 3D printers – while including the latest trends in design. The culmination of the workshops will be a discussion panel "Culture/Senior/Design" with representatives from the world of art and design.

    Project participants are involved in interactive lectures on the history of design and industrial design in Poland and abroad. Additionally, they participate in exhibitions, philosophical disputes, and above all the opportunity to become a true designer. The experts have a unique chance to create a concept and 3D model of an object appealing to both their tastes and their needs.

    Responsibilities: Project formation (contribution); management of grant application along with project execution and budgeting; strategic planning; liaison to The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage; supervised graphic designers, volunteers, workshop leaders, and photographers; led workshops dedicated to the philosophical dimension of participant designs.
  • MEDIALAB JUNIOR
    January 2012 through June 2012
    Project Coordinator, Promotion Manager
    Financed by The Orange Foundation
    40,000 PLN Budget

    Medialab Junior was a project that included three different types of workshops aimed at youths. Young people, using open source software and new technologies, learned creative cooperation while gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to become active creators of culture. The themes covered in the workshops were:

    • Arduino: Participants design and create their own electronic devices
    • Video: Youth learn to shoot, edit, and publish a movie on the Internet for free
    • Open Street Map: Youths create an interactive map of a chosen neighborhood

    The series of workshops ended with an event in which the participants of all three workshops shared their experience and knowledge and showed their achievements.

    All scenarios, materials, photos, movies, and applications developed under Medialab Junior are now available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Poland license.

    Responsibilities: Managed grant application along with project execution, reporting, and budgeting; liaison to the Orange Foundation; supervised graphic designer, workshop leaders, photographers, and youth center directors.
  • PLAYING GREEN 2011 & 2012
    May through October, 2011 & 2012
    Project Coordinator Supervisor
    Financed by The County of Łomianki
    4,000 PLN 2011 Budget; 6,000 PLN 2012 Budget
    "Playing Green" was a neighborhood event connecting elements of design and gardening aimed at villagers from Sadowa, Łomianki. The goal was to integrate Sadowa's villagers and their sense of identity with public space by improving the appearance of the village's main bus stop and the surrounding area. Project created by Karolina Pluta and Sławek Sendzielski. 2011 edition ended with the creation of a flower and vegetable garden at a Sadowa primary school.
    Responsibilities: Managed grant application along with project realization, reporting, and budgeting.
  • SKARPA–REACTIVATION
    May 2011 through December 2011
    Project Coordinator, Promotion Manager
    Financed by The City of Warsaw
    35,000 PLN Budget
    Video available on YouTube

    The Warsaw Embankment is a unique phenomenon among European cities, it is a uniform green belt crossing the whole metropolis. The most characteristic natural element of Warsaw, it shapes the landscape and spatial structure of the city. Rarely recognized as one coherent space extending from north to south along the left bank of the Vistula river, the area is barely explored or utilized by the city's inhabitants.

    Skarpa–Reactivation was an art in public space project involving a series of artistic interventions – land art objects, site specific objects, and performances – all taking place within the park Im. Rydz-Śmigły in Warsaw. Projects were inspired by the history, architecture, and purpose of the park from the previous century.

    The project was designed to start the process of giving back a space that is currently "culturally and recreationally frozen" and thus creating favorable conditions for developing social and cultural life in around the embankment itself.

    Responsibilities: Managed grant application along with project execution, reporting, and budgeting; handled media relations; supervised artists, graphic designer, workshop leaders, photographer, and youth center directors; liaison to The City of Warsaw, to Public Space Management, and to Urban Roads Management.
  • WARSAW STORIES
    September 2011 through December 2011
    Project Coordinator
    Financed by The City of Warsaw
    14,200 PLN Budget
    Warsaw Stories was designed to improve the art of conversation and specifically targeted at youths from unfavorable environments. During the workshops, leaders and participants created various stories inspired by pieces of culture, literature, and real facts from the histories of Warsaw and Poland. An employee from History's Meeting House worked with participants on their stories.
    Responsibilities: Managed grant application along with project execution, reporting, and budgeting; liaison to The City of Warsaw; supervised graphic designer, workshop leaders, photographer, and youth center directors.
  • PHILOSOPHICAL EMERGENCY AT OTWARTA TWARDA
    May 2011 & May 2010
    Workshop Leader
    Financed by The City of Warsaw
    Philosophical Emergency workshops implemented during the Otwarta Twarda Festival, an event organized by Jewish Community of Warsaw.
    Responsibilities: Led workshops.
  • PHILOSOPHICAL EMERGENCY
    November 2009 through December 2012
    Workshop Leader
    Financed by The City of Warsaw & The National Cultural Center
    20,000 PLN Budget
    Philosophical Emergency is a project that assumes that philosophy can have a beneficial influence on people. The project includes workshops that provide a space for the discussion of matters important to everyone and considered in the context of different philosophical theories. Its form has evolved from simple discussions and meetings to more complex events including public space happenings, intergenerational interactions, and theatrical philosophical readings.
    Responsibilities: Created, designed, implemented, and led workshops for senior citizens in Warsaw, project coordination, organized invited guest visits, led cultural / philosophical public space happenings with participants.
    Participants, on the project:
    • Anna, 58 years old: For me Philosophical Emergency is a time for reflection and taking a new look at another human being. It's an opportunity to exchange opinions about subjects that escape our attention in our every day routine.
    • Zbigniew, 63 years old: Those meetings are inspirations to challenge stereotypical views that are carried from the past, they help find yourself in present times in the context of diversity.
    • Joanna, 68 years old: During workshops I meet interesting people; I have moments there where I am not rushed, where I am distant from ordinary daily emotions. With the other participants we wonder about matters that I would not have found important or would not have had the time to consider.

EXHIBITIONS

coordinator
curator
  • KRYSZTOF FRANASZEK'S LIGHTHOLE Exhibition
    December 2012
    Exhibition Coordinator
    An exhibition of Krysztof Franaszek's sculptures.
    Responsibilities: Coordinated with artist and handled event management.
  • JOANNA STAŃKO'S SQUARES & FLOWERS Exhibition
    October 2012
    Exhibition Coordinator
    An exhibition of Joanna Stańko's paintings.
    Responsibilities: Coordinated with artist, curated exhibition, handled event management.
  • MARY WIDE LAKE'S SOFT TAKE-OFFS Exhibition
    June 2012
    Exhibition Coordinator
    An exhibition of works inspired by travel, space, and movement.
    Responsibilities: Worked with artist, volunteers, and event management.
  • LITTLE WARSAW
    August 2012
    Curator
    Little Berlin in Philadelphia
    An exhibition showcasing the works of Philadelphia artists with Polish roots alongside artists currently living in Poland.
    Responsibilities: Orchestrated presentation of art while assisting in promotion and public relations for the exhibition.