Established in 1971, the Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club in Los Angeles, is dedicated to promoting Polish heritage through sponsoring lectures, publications, cultural events and artistic performances. During the past five decades of its existence the Club has made a significant contribution to the enrichment of the ethnic mosaic of Southern California.
The Modjeska Club is a 501(c)(3) California public benefit non-profit corporation recognized as tax-exempt by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, with a federal Tax Identification Number 20-3491956.
The Club is named after a famous Polish actress, Helena Modjeska (Modrzejewska, 1840-1909) who emigrated from Poland to California in the 1870s.
In 2021 the Club celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Helena Modjeska Art & Culture Club proudly presents the 2022 Modjeska Prizes, named after the patron of the Club, actress Helena Modjeska (1840-1909), to two of its own, a Club member and Vice President, eminent actress Katarzyna Smiechowicz, and a great friend of the Club and frequent performer at its event, distinguished actor Marek Probosz.
The Helena Modjeska Art & Culture Club and friends will meet on Saturday, December 17, 2022 to celebrate holidays, break the Christmas wafer "opłatek" with best wishes for the next year, listen to Chopin played by Prof. Wojciech Kocyan, sing Christmas Carols with Olivia Kierdal, and enjoy a wonderful traditional Polish Christmas dinner prepared by the hosts, Helena and Stanley Kolodziey of Beverly Hills and the Modjeska Club Board of Directors.
Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club has the pleasure of inviting all Club members and guests to a special concert by the founder of the group Piramidy, singer, guitarist, composer, and song-writer Piotr Kajetan Matczuk of Warsaw, Poland. The concert, entitled The Most Beautiful Polish Film Songs will take place on Saturday, 5 November 2022 at 3 pm at the Parish Hall of the Our Lady of the Bright Mount and John Paul II Sanctuary in Los Angeles, 3424 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90018.
October 8, 2022 Interview for Modjeska Club, October 9 Paderewski Lecture-Recital at USC
We have the distinct pleasure of inviting contemporary music lovers to an interview with Prof. dr Hanna Kulenty, a world-famous composer, who visited our club in 2017. Prof. Kulenty will deliver this year's Paderewski, combined with a concert of her music on Sunday, October 9 at 7 p.m. during an event organized by the Center of Polish Music of the University of Southern California.
Between September 20 and 25, 2022, a famous Polish actor Jan Englert, the Director of the National Theater in Warsaw, Poland, will visit California with his wife, actress Beata Ścibakówna. Mr. Englert has been invited by the Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club to receive in person the Helena Modjeska Prize for the year 2021. The September 2022 visit is co-organized by three cultural clubs of Polonia in Southern California: the Modjeska Club, the Club PAPA of Orange County, and Amphitheater Jaskólka of San Diego, in collaboration with the Theater Department of the University of California, Los Angeles.
With sadness, we share information about a great loss of Polish culture and the local Polonia.. A noted choreographer, dancer and dance teacher Stefan Wenta died in August 2022.
The funeral mass will take place on Wednesday, 17 August 2022, at 11 am at the Our Lady of the Bright Mount Church - Sanctuary of John Paul II on 3424 Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018. He was an active member of our club in its first decade, often hosted club events and became the Club's Honorary Member in 2012.
The Club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021. The 50th Anniversary Ball was held on Sunday, October 10th, 2021 at the University Club of Pasadena.
The Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club's 50th Anniversary Album (Album 50-lecia Klubu Kultury im. Heleny Modrzejewskiej) was edited by Maja Trochimczyk, Elżbieta Kański and Elżbieta Trybuś. The volume includes dozens of documents, essays and hundreds of photographs illustrating the history and achievements of the Club, Link to the free file, 380 pages in PDF format with color illustrations, can be found here:
On January 2, 2021, via Zoom, distinguished Polish actor Andrzej Seweryn received the 2020 Modjeska Prize presented as a "Lifetime Achievement Award" to the most eminent Polish actors. Actress Katarzyna Śmiechowicz conducted the interview and the award presentation was virtual, by Maja Trochimczyk and Anna Sadowska.
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