Celebrating Polish Heritage, Arts, Culture, and Language

Our Mission:
To encourage, and further knowledge of Polish culture, traditions, history, language, arts, current affairs, and local events through cultural activities, classes, seminars, and any and all appropriate means.
To foster friendly relations between the American and Polish people.

2016 Directory of Polish American Culture in Texas

Polish American Council of Texas plans to publish a second annual Directory of Polish American Culture in Texas.
The deadline for individuals and organizations to place an advertisment is: March 15th, 2016

11th APS Annual Members Meeting and Dinner, February 20th, 2016

We are cordially inviting all our members and everyone interested in Polish culture and our organization to the 11th Annual Members Meeting. The program of the evening includes: updates, summary of the year, future plans, award ceremony, dinner and desserts by Apolonia Catering, music, and more! We also offer activities for children. The venue is large and spacious. Dress is semi-formal.

DATE: Saturday, February 20th, 2016
TIME: 5:00pm-10:00 pm (activities for children from 5:00pm–9:00 pm)
PLACE: University Presbyterian Church, 2203 San Antonio ST., Austin TX 78705
Parking is free in the CO-OP Garage across the street; bring in your ticket for validation.

APS MEMBER : $15 per person, children under 10 free
NON-MEMBERS: $20 per person, children under 10 free
Payments accepted online and at the door (cash, checks, major credit cards)

Reservations are required by February 16, 2016 to ensure that we have enough food.
Please, register at www.austinpolishsociety.org/new/event-registration

Contact: Angelika Firlej at:
aps.angelika@gmail.com or 830-385-5389

Polish Monthly Film Series – February 7, 2016

WHAT: Barrier/Bariera, 1966, psychological drama, English subtitles, 76 min.
WHERE: Austin Public Library at Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road Tel: 512-974-8700
WHEN: Sunday, February 7 at 3:30pm
CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@austinpolishsociety.org

Direction: Jerzy skolimowski
Screenplay: Jerzy Skolimowski
Photography: Jan Laskowski
Music: Krzysztof Komeda

Cast: Joanna Szczerbic, Jan Nowicki, Tadeusz Łomnicki, Zdzisław Maklakiewicz, Ryszard Pietruski, Stefan Friedmann, Ryszarda Hanin, Stanisław Tym, Janusz Gajos, Marian Kociniak, and others.

Awards: 1966 – Bergamo, International Art Film Festival – Grand Prix; 1968 – Valladolid, IFF – Jury Special Prize.

A floating, dream-like film, Barrier embraces bizarre and surrealist-inspired imagery to tell the story of a former medical student trying to diagnose his own gradual detachment from the world. Barrier reveals Skolimowski’s more romantic side in its depiction of love as a willfully illogical force and in its touching, vivid portrayals of the young women in the hero’s life. For Skolimowski the eponymous barrier is most clearly inter-generational – embodied in the distance between the young man and his elderly pensioner father who remains far closer to his memories of the war than to the realities of Sixties Poland. Barrier’s striking expression of the emergent new current in postwar Polish cinema and its break with more traditional narrative conventions, is made clear by its unexpected use of abrupt slap-stick to satirize corporate and military culture, as well as by the improvised feel of the dialogue and the innovative jazz score by the legendary Krzysztof Komeda. (Source)


Adding Poland to Visa Waiver Program – Pending Legislation

Visa Waiver Map
Call to Action from Polish American Congress for the passage of H.R. 1401 and S.2091 (JOLT Act of 2015)

Poland is one of the remaining countries in NATO whose citizens still need a visa to travel to the United States. There are 38 countries whose citizens do not need a visa to travel to the USA. Poland has been left out of the Visa Waiver Program. The Jolt Act of 2015 would change that by adding Poland to the Visa Waiver Program.

Legislation to end the visa requirement for Poland has finally been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate in the Jolt Act of 2015. The Polish American Congress has issued an Action Alert and is urging Polish Americans to write their Senators and Congressman to vote in favor of the Jolt Act of 2015 (S.2091 in the Senate and H.R. 1401 in the House of Representatives) which would add Poland to the Visa Waiver Program. More Details

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The Kosciuszko Foundation is pleased to announce the Drs.James and Wanda Trefil Scholarship for undergradute students majoring in Natural Sciences.

The Kosciuszko Foundation, An American Center of Polish Culture, is pleased to announce a new scholarship for Polish American students who show exceptional promise in the natural sciences. Applications are currently being accepted for The Drs. James and Wanda Trefil Scholarship. The first scholarship in the amount of $5,000 will be awarded towards the 2016/2017 academic year.

For more information on eligibility, selection criteria and a list of supporting materials please refer to http://www.thekf.org/kf/scholarships/tuition/
Candidates may apply on-line by clicking on the Drs. James and Wanda Trefil Scholarship. Applications are accepted through March 1st, 2016. Scholarship decisions will be made in late May. Kosciuszko Foundation scholarships are awarded for full-time studies only. All Kosciuszko Foundation scholarships and grants are awarded on a competitive basis.
Please see the press release for details.

2015 Austin Polish Film Festival

last day

Thank you all for making the 10th Austin Polish Festival the best ever! That thank you goes to our audience who attended so many of the festival films and events, to the artists whose work we had an opportunity to experience and admire, to the festival guests, presenters, university professors , sponsors, and hard-working volunteers. We will be publishing more details and photos soon.

For now – just a huge and warm THANK YOU – DZIĘKUJEMY!

Austin Polish Society Questionnaire – we value your input!


Thank you for visiting the APS site. We welcome you to join our exploration and celebration of all things Polish.

Whether you are Polish or just interested in learning more about the history, language, food and films, you are invited to become part of our unique community of members.
Please join us on this wonderful cultural journey celebrating Poland and its people.

Your input and comments on the following anonymous questionnaire will be helpful in planing APS events.

Please, click on the following link: APS Questionnaire

The information you provide in this questionnaire will allow us to assess how APS as a volunteer-based organization can help better understand Polish culture. Your participation is voluntary. All answers you provide will be kept in the strictest confidentiality and won’t be shared with any party.

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