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.

APS Board of Director Election

The 2015 APS Board of Director Election shall be held on December 6th at Austin Public Library at 5500 Manchaca Road from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Members as of record date September 30, 2015 shall have a right to vote. Members that will be unable to attend will have the option to vote by proxy by designating another individual to vote on their behalf.

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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Polish Piano Gems in solo performance by Michal Korzistka

Saturday, December 5th


WHAT: A concert performed by Polish pianist, Michał Korzistka
WHEN: December 5, 2015 at 7:30PM
WHERE: Jessen Auditorium, Homer Rainey Hall (HRH), 201 W. 21st St.

COST: Donations will be accepted by the Austin Polish Society to support the Polish Studies Endowment at UT-Austin. (Donate here ahead of the concert!)

CREEES and the Austin Polish Society are proud to present Dr. Korzistka from the University of Silesia in Cieszyn, Poland, in a solo performance to support UT’s Polish Endowment for the study of Polish language and culture.

Dr. Michał Korzistka has a special place in his heart for classical and romantic composers: Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, Szymanowski, and Chopin. He performed in Poland and abroad, among others, at the revered Chopin Mansion in Żelazowa Wola, Poland, at the famous concert series at the Chopin Monument in Łazienki Park in Warsaw, at “Atma” in Zakopane, at the Pszczyna Castle, in Great Britain, Germany, the Czech Republic, and in the U.S.

Korzistka is currently a full professor of the Cieszyn Branch of the University of Silesia, where he teaches piano and a number of other music courses. He is a Vice President of the Bielsko Music Society. He also organizes international master classes for young pianists, under the auspices of the University.

Over the years, Korzistka has made a number of recordings, including a live recording of his concert with an orchestra in Weston, Great Britain, a “Music in Bielsko-Biala” CD, recordings for the II Channel of the Polish Radio, and archival recordings for his alma mater, the Academy of Music in Katowice.

The concert program will include:

Ignacy Jan Paderewski — Minuet à l’Antique, or Fantastic Krakowiak (Menuet Antyczny oraz Krakowiak Fantastyczny)

Witold Lutosławski — Bucolics (Bukoliki)

Wojciech Kilar — Three Preludes (Trzy Preludia)

Fryderyk Chopin — Polonez A-dur op.40 nr.1, Ballad g- moll op.23, Scherzo b- moll op. 31 i cis- moll op. 39, Polonez As- dur op.53

Wieczór teatralny z satyra i humorem (in Polish only)

Informujemy, ze zapowiadany wczesniej wieczor teatralny z udzialem Jerzego Kopczewskiego “Buleczki”, ktory mial sie odbyc 29 listopada, zostal przesuniety na pierwsza polowe przyszlego roku.

Polish Monthly Film Screening – Sunday, Dec. 6th


WHAT: Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease / Zycie jako smiertelna choroba przenoszona droga plciowa, 2000, 96 min. English Subtitles
WHERE: Austin Public Library at Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road Tel: 512-974-8700
WHEN: Sunday, December 6 at 3:30pm

Director and Screenwriter:Dir: Krzysztof Zanussi
Cinematography: Edward Klosinski
Music: Wojciech Kilar

Cast: Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Krystyna Janda, Tadeusz Bradecki, Pawel Okraska, Monika Krzywskowska, Aleksander Fabisiak
Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpvDEwvpdnw

APS Annual Christmas Party – Sunday, December 13, 2015


Join us in celebration of a Polish Christmas: kolędy i pastoralki, with the Polish Children’s Choir. Polish dishes by Apolonia Catering will be served and ŚWIĘTY MIKOŁAJ will pay a visit to the children. Opłatek will be available.

Due to a limited seating this event is PRE REGISTRATION ONLY !!! Registration deadline: Dec.7th, 15

Please, register at

WHAT: Polish Food, Children’s Presentation, Musical entertainment, and St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) with gifts for children.
WHEN: Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 4pm – 7pm
WHERE: 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.
Parking information

KIDS under 10 –FREE

Contact: Angelika at 830-385-5389 or angelika.firlej@austinpolishsociety.org

Ksiazki Joanny Sokolowskiej-Gwizdka

Helena Modrzejewska - ksiazka pol

Dwujezyczna książka “Co otrzymalam od Boga i Ludzi” opowiada o najsłynniejszej aktorce amerykańskiej swoich czasów, Helenie Modrzejewskiej (1840-1909), która dzięki wielkiemu talentowi i wybitnym kreacjom aktorskim rozpropagowała sztuki Szekspira na amerykańskim kontynencie.
Jest to bardzo dobry pomysl na prezent zarowno dla polskiego, jak i amerykanskiego czytelnika. Wiecej informacji na temat ksiazki:Helena Modjeska

Ksiażke mozna kupic przez Amazon: www.amazon.com/Received-People-Helena-Modjeska-Modrzejewska
lub bezposrednio u autorki: joanna@jsokolowska.com

Ci, ktorzy chca wesprzec wydanie kolejnej ksiazki Joanny Sokolowskiej-Gwizdka, na temat polskiego teatru w Toronto i niezwyklych ludzi, ktorzy ten teatr tworzyli, moga to zrobic przez strone crowfundungowa: https://www.gofundme.com/tm6agawk

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.


Polish course at UT in the Fall: First year Polish

This course is the first semester of Polish language instruction.
It will be of assistance in mastering grammar, the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing), and Polish culture.
No prerequisite!

POL 506- Fall 2015

Polish Studies Endowment at the University of Texas at Austin

CREEES award ceremony 2015
The scholarship funded by the Polish Studies Endowment of UT Austin is made possible by the Austin Polish Society and various individual donors. For more information about 2015 applications please follow the link here.

The 2014 Scholarship recipient, Darcy Hollender, writes about her experience in Poland.
Read Darcey’s letter here.

The recipient of the 2015 scholarship is Rhiannon Jones, a graduate student at the UT CREEES. Ms. Jones will participate in the “Crossroads of Empires: Central Europe and the Balance of Power” program in Warsaw studying history and security in Central Europe. After that she will go through an intense one-on-one course of Polish language.

Please read the 2014 update letter from Dr. Mary Neuburger, Director of Center for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies, regarding the Polish Studies Endowment at the University of Texas at Austin.
Endowment Update.

To join a group of donors to the Endowment, please follow this link.

Polish historical archives need your help

The wonderful Josef Pilsudski Institute of America needs our help with moving expenses. Any amount is gratefully appreciated. They lost their lease on the current location and all the Polish letters, paintings, books, and articles they collected, to show our historical heritage, need to be moved in March to a new location.

You can see for yourself the treasures the Institute accumulated by viewing their website: www.pilsudski.org/portal/en/collections/archiv

The entire collection in the Institute’s archives can be accessed by anyone who wants to learn more about Poland and our history. This campaign, asking for financial assistance, should be dear to all of us to help preserve our history.
Please, make a donation via, CrowdRise to keep the Institute going.
To see more about this fundraising campaign use the following link:

Biblioteka internetowa Wolne Lektury

Darmowe, opracowane, pełne teksty lektur, e-booki, audiobooki i pliki DAISY na wolnej licencji.