Mrs. Alicia Brzyska
Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences in America (PIASA) is an apolitical, academic, cultural, non for profit organization founded in 1942 in New York City. It is a center dedicated to learning and culture, with a mission to advance knowledge of Poland and serve as a liaison between Polish and American academic, cultural and scientific circles. Institute houses a specialized reference library of over 30,000 volumes and rich archives (which we are digitilizing), that are frequently visited by researchers from Poland, the US and Europe.
The New York headquarters accomodate an art gallery and a small lecture hall where exhibits and lectures are held.
The Institute has approximately 1200 members, most of whom are from the academic community (scholars and scientists), but the arts and other professions are also strongly represented. Among its members today, are Nobel laureates Dr.Frank Wilczek of MIT, and Dr.Ronald Hoffman of Cornell University. In the recent past they included: Zbigniew Brzezinski, Czeslaw Milosz, Andrew Schally and Issac Bashevis Singer.
There is a sustaining membership open to all who are interested in supporting the goals and mission of the Institute. www.piasa.org