What Is Campus Project?
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1. Campus Project brings Polish culture to US students through study trips to Poland and events in the US.
What is Campus Project?
One can learn a lot about another country’s culture through its arts, music, films, books or theatre plays. - Disha Patel, Yale School of Management
I had the best experience possible. Thank you so so much for making this happen. Yout institute is a blessing and has given me the trip of a lifetime that I will cherish forever. - Emily Pietro, student at Emerson College
The variety and depth of culture in Poland is under-represented in the US, and I will now be a strong advocate for Polish culture when the opportunity arises. - Eric Gershman, Yale School of Management
As a stage designer, the opportunity to attend the Divine Comedy Theatre Festival on a study visit sponsored by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute was a revelatory experience. Seeing over a dozen Polish plays in a week and visiting multiple museums exposed me to the rich heritage of Polish arts and cultures. The incredible acting, exciting visual style, and intense commitment to theatre as an art form and political necessity devoted to exploring societal issues was unbelievably invigorating. - Vincent Mountain, Profesor of Theatre, University of Michigan
The Film Festival Łodzią po Wiśle was the highlight and my students had the time of their lives, being able to screen their films in an international setting, see great student films, talk to fellow student filmmakers, and soak in the culture. - Jim Lane, Professor at Emerson College
How does it work?
The Campus project inspires US students to explore Polish culture. How? Since 2012 Campus project has organized 66 events (screenings, workshops, lectures, conferences, exhibitions, concert, student exchange etc) at 10 partner universities.
- Screenings: The films of W.J. Has were shown in 2015 at the Harvard Film Archive and at Columbia University in 2017. The works of Jan Lenica will be screened at the Harvard Film Archive, Indiana University and the Northern University Chicago in 2017.
- Screenings: Andrzej Wajda’s most famous movies and a recent documentary about a play starring Meryl Streep were shown at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 2014, where 26 year earlier the play was staged.
- Student exchange: Students from Emerson College LA came to Poland in April 2016 to take part in a film festival curated by Łódź Film School students. They screened their own films at the festival and visited the famous Łódź Film School.
- Shows: Chopin Without Piano is a play and concert that reconsiders Chopin’s life and art. It was staged at Swarthmore College in Philadeplphia and at the Emerson College Paramount Theatre in Boston where it was named top show in 2015 by the Boston Globe’s lead critic.
- Shows: Theatre of the Eighth Day performed their play The Files at Yale, Princeton in 2014 and the University of Michigan in 2016. The performace in Ann Arbor concluded a semester-long course dedicated to Polish theatre.
- Student exchange: A group of theatre students from the Institute of Advance Theatre Training at Harvard trained at the Polish Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków. The third edition of the study visit will take place in 2017.
- Workshops: Theatre directors Grzegorz Jarzyna, Wojtek Klemm led workshops at Yale and ART Harvard. Klemm staged a play based on Horace McCoy’s They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? with a group of second-year students from A.R.T. Harvard.
- Concerts: The 2015/16 season of the MIT Symphony Orchestra featured Polish violinist Agata Szymczewska as part of a program of Polish music that included Stanisław Moniuszko, Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutosławski.
- Tomasz Stańko, “One of the most original and creative jazz trumpet players in the world,” as proclaimed by the New Yorker performed at the University of Michigan in 2015.
- Student exchange: Jazz Studies students from Princeton University visited the Music Academy in Gdańsk where they studied the Polish musical tradition side by side with Polish jazz students. They took part in jam sessions and performed original, improvised music.
- Workshops and folk music concert: Students studying at the Center for World Performance Studies at the University of Michigan took part in dance and music workshops and concerts by Janusz Prusinowski Kompania, folk music virtuosos who seek unique sounds in remote mountainous Poland.
- Residency: Musician and constructor of instruments Paweł Romańczuk returns for a residency at the Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) at MIT in 2017. Romańczuk will work with MIT students.
- Exhibitions: Vertical Reach at the Art Space Gallery Yale looks at the political climate in Eastern Europe to explore how acts of protest and assembly operate when framed as artistic practice. The 2015 show brought together socially engaged works by collectives and individuals from Russia, Poland (Zbigniew Libera and Artur Żmijewski), Ukraine, and the USA.
- Exhibition: The first retrospective of the works of Oskar Hansen opens on 1st September 2016 at Yale School of Architecture. The exhibition revisits the radical and visionary pedagogical solutions of the Polish architect- from his Open Form concept to its releases in form of projects, films, visual games and performative practices. The exhibition is open until 18th of December 2016.
- Shows: There Might be Others, a collaborative work of Polish and international dancers was shown at Live Arts New York in 2016. The show follows a workshop by lead choreographer Rebecca Lazier at Princeton.
- Conference: The Hyphenated Identities conference at the New School in 2015 explored the debates on hybrid and complex identities. The 2017 edition will build on the spatially-oriented approaches to the notion of identity. The conference will run in parallel to a show entitled Far Away From Where?, which is built around the Polish project
- Conference: Lecturers, academics and students met at Columbia University for a conference on repurposing, preserving and re-inhabiting buildings and spaces in East and Central Europe that that have outlived their original ideological assignments. The first edition of “Global Dynamics of Cultural Production” took place in 2015 and will be continued in Autumn 2016.
- Workshops: A collaborative project of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Ohio State University, Princeton University and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the workshop and conference at UIC was the third in a series of gatherings bringing together international scholars working in Polish Jewish Studies -- following previous workshops held in March 2014 at Ohio State University, and April 2015 at Princeton University. The 2017 edition will take place at the University of Michigan.
Study visit: In 2016 a group of students recruited from the religious communities of Jews and Protestants from Yale University came to Poland to sum up the semester fellowship exploring the topic of moral courage in the face of adversity with a focus on Europe during WWII. In 2017 two further groups, from Columbia Hillel and University of Pennsylvania Hillel will come to Poland.
- Study visit: Every year the Campus project invites a group of MBA students from the Yale School of Management for a week-long study trip to Poland to learn about culture funding in Poland. They travel to at least three different Polish cities and apart from visiting the city and its museums they meet with high-profile and historical figures.
- Study visit: Harvard Students visited Poland in 2016 to work on their projects in the urban studies field, examining the on-going transformations of Warsaw and Łódź, while looking at related literature, arts, and film. The project will be continued in 2017.
How can I get involved?
If you’re studying art and you are interested in bringing Polish literature, films, music to your campus start off by telling us
what it is about Polish culture that interests you. Every year we bring around 60 US students to Poland to experience the country first hand. Over the years we have organized 150 study visits.
Source: own materials, edited by MJ 06.2016