DECEMBER 7, 2023
PLACE: Frostburg State University
ADDRESS:Lane University Center Rm 113
TIME:12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
CONTACT: Kara Rogers-Thomas
PHONE: 240 522 7635
PLACE: Mountain City Traditional Arts
ADDRESS: 25 E. Main St, Frostburg, MD
TIME: 7 PM
CONTACT: Kara RogersThomas
PHONE: 301 687 8040
“From Maria Skłodowska-Curie, the greatest female scientist in history, to Wanda Rutkiewicz, the fearless Himalayan climber. From Maria Siemionow, the author of the world's first nearly total face transplant, to the first Polish female parliamentarians. From Irena Sendler, the Polish nurse who saved hundreds of children from the Warsaw Ghetto, to Wisława Szymborska, the Polish poet beloved worldwide. Poland, its history, and its present can be portrayed in various ways. Personally, Katerzyna Rybka-Iwaska finds the most captivating approach is to narrate the story of my country through the remarkable women who have shaped it. Often, and significantly so, these are tales that remain undiscovered, at best residing in a niche. It's time to change that and complete the "missing half of history."
Katarzyna Rybka-Iwańska is a career diplomat and the head of public and cultural diplomacy at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C. In her previous posting at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tel Aviv (2018-2022), she headed public diplomacy and communications. Between September,2021 and January, 2022, she was the chargéd'affaires a.i. of the Republic of Poland in the State of Israel.
Prior to being posted overseas, Katarzyna assisted the Board of Strategic Advisors to the Prime Minister in Poland’s Prime Minister’s Office (2008-2010) and spent eight years at the Foreign Policy Planning Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010-2018). She is an expert in strategic planning, especially in public and cultural diplomacy, as well as in educational, digital projects, and in promoting women’s stories. Regarding the last topic, Katarzyna has repeatedly conducted workshops for educators, as well as delivered guest lectures and lessons on the subject of women's contributions to the history of Poland.
YOU are the heart and soul of World Artists Experiences!!!
- fantastic audiences, young and old;
- volunteers sharing your time, talent, and hearts;
- supporters giving donations generously.
Together bringing experiences of welcoming, dialoguing, learning, presenting, caring for friends who come from all over the world…both live and virtually.
THANK YOU for giving of yourselves so thoughtfully and generously.
Our Friends from around the world wrote to YOU:
- “WAE welcomed us from beginning to end. Our experience with WAE was the most wonderful we ever had in the US. We got to know the real people.”
- “Our experience with you was so unique and allowed us to dialogue freely. May we return in the future?”
- “Hosting our group gave us recognition and experiences which we will always be grateful.”
- “Sharing my culture provides an opportunity to work together toward understanding and peace. You make a difference.”
- ”WAE is great organization which does wonderful work connecting our people and culture. I learned so much that I never knew while with you in the United States.”
TOGETHER…We can make a difference in our tumultuous world.
We Hope you will consider:
- continue to give us ideas for meeting the challenges using the arts as our international language;
- exploring new and better avenues to build mutual understanding, respect, trust, and peace;
- finding new caregivers to bridge the people and cultures of our world.
World Artists Experiences needs YOU!
On behalf of all of us, may you have a beautiful and joyous holiday season, and your New Year be filled with joy, peace, and love,
Betty McGinnis, President
& the Board of Directors ,World Artists Experiences
World Artists Experiences bridges people and cultures across the continents.
HOPEFULNESS….. Virtual platforms kept WAE alive AND opened new avenues. Artists offered fresh ideas and gratitude for WAE. Audiences anticipate the human touch. We are reminded by people everywhere of the great need to bridge our world. We hope that you will continue to support WAE with your time, talents and resources.
GRATEFULNESS….. We express heartfelt gratitude to faithful, caring and committed volunteers, friends around the world for their encouragement, and to our generous donors for their financial and other support.
THOUGHTFULNESS…..With your inspiration, ideas, kindness, and talents, the important work of bringing people and cultures closer by dialoguing, forming friends around the world, and dialoguing to build trust, respect and peace using the art as our bridge will continue.
Thank you for your creativity, kindness, support and embracing World Artists Experiences. We, together, will continue to bridge our fragile world for mutual cultural understanding. On behalf of all of us, may your holidays be filled with joy and beauty and your New Year with good health and peace.
Betty McGinnis and
The Board of Directors
World Artists Experiences
World Artists Experiences (WAE) is a non-profit organization that builds bridges for international understanding through cultural and citizen diplomacy in communities, colleges, and schools. In its 12-year history, WAE has partnered with over one hundred fifteen countries around the world to present their diverse and rich culture through numerous experiences.