People of Greenpont II is a project on the border of photography, anthropology, and sociology. It’s a story of two young Poles, who came to the United States after year 2003. The photographer accompanies them during their work, free time. Do they consider themselves immigrants? Do they identify with Polish community? The exhibit gives a visual insight to the changing trends of Polish immigration to the United States. It’s part of the “Greenpoint. The Transition 2016” project, co-financed by the Polish Senate’s patronage of Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad.
Greenpoint is changing in front of our eyes. The Polish character of this neighborhood is not as distinct as it was 10-20 years ago. Political transformation, EU access, visa lottery policy modification, and gentrification are the main reasons for this process. It is becoming more and more ethnically diverse, a phenomenon worth monitoring.
„American Dream in Greenpoint” project was created in 2015 to document, archive, and monitor these changes. The goal is to recall the old Greenpoint from the memory of its inhabitants and at the same time show the current face of this less and less Polish part of Brooklyn. This project is realized by Culture Shock Foundation as a part of „Greenpoint. The Transition 2016” project. We are cooperating with Emigration Museum in Gdynia, Poland where our materials will be archived and enlarge a collection about the experience of Poles
WHAT DO WE DO?
We are conducting audio and video interviews with Polish immigrants who, for a significant amount of time, lived in or were connected to Greenpoint. We are interested in all emigration experiences: adaptation process, employment, family and social life, connection to Poland, Polish community abroad and its organizations. We are searching for people who came to the United States in the 90s or earlier.
If you want to share your story or know someone who would, please contact us:
Marta Pawlaczek: 646-589-2060;
Ewa Dżurak: 978-821-3455
Izabela Barry: 917-325-9527
Karolina Łukasiewicz: 734-239-2918
Ewa Maliga: 646-469-0686
So far our research team have participated in:
Greenpoint. The Transition is a series of cultural and social activities realized in New York, USA by the Culture Shock Foundation from May to December, 2015 consisting of photography, culinary & theatrical workshops, sport activities, artistic happenings, lectures, and local recreational activities, all targeted at Poles, those with Polish roots, and everyone interested in Polish culture and history.
This project arose primarily from the need to share interesting culturally and educationally with the Polish diaspora living in New York, to promote Polish artists among Americans — especially the ones living and moving to Greenpoint — and to reveal Greenpoint’s potential as a wonderful space for creative, artistic, and neighborhood activities.
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Have questions? Want to participate? Write: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 646 589 2060
PROGRAM FOR SPRING/SUMMER SEASON
People of Greenpoint
American Dream in Greenpoint
American Dream in Greenpoint
Jogging in Greenpoint
10 hours, 7 thematic tracks, around 60 events!
Greenpoint. The Transition 2014 was a series of free cultural and social activities realized in New York, USA by the Culture Shock Foundation from May to December, 2014 consisting of educational workshops, concert series, movie screenings, and local recreational activities, all targeted at Poles, those with Polish roots, and everyone interested in Polish culture and history.
“Greenpoint. The Transition” Block Festival
SATURDAY, 20th OF SEPTEMBER 2014, 11 AM- 5PM
Leonard Street – between Norman Ave & Meserole Ave
Brooklyn, New York
On the 20th of September on Leonard Street, between Norman Avenue & Meserole Avenue in Greenpoint, between 11 am and 5 pm, a block festival was held as a part of “Greenpoint. The Transition” project. This event was a great opportunity to celebrate Greenpoint, highlight its Polish identity, integrate old and new inhabitants, and have an unforgettable farewell to summer!
Greenpoint. The Transition is a series of cultural and social activities realized in New York, USA by the Culture Shock Foundation from May to December, 2014 consisting of educational workshops, concert series, movie screenings, and local recreational activities, all targeted at Poles, those with Polish roots, and everyone interested in Polish culture and history.