MINNESOTA'S POLISH ORGANIZATION FOR POLISH-AMERICAN PROFESSIONALS
The Minnesota Polish Medical Society of Minnesota was incorporated in Minnesota on April 24, 2018. The name was simplified to Minnesota Polish Medical Society (MPMS) on February 8, 2021. The organization received its IRS non-profit status on May 13, 2019.
As of 2019, MPMS has branched out from its original goal as a social organization for medical professionals of Polish heritage after many of its members expressed interest in arts, cultural, and historical events about Poland. In particular, there was a demand for content about the modern-day contributions of Polish Americans.
To fill this gap, MPMS initiated the Kalejdoskop Polski MN project in 2020 to highlight the state's presence and diversity of Polish post-WWII immigrants. This forward-facing project is supported by grants from the Minnesota Historical Society, Metro Regional Arts Council, and Minnesota State Arts Board. In 2021, MPMS hosted and co-sponsored 20 events. To popularize our work, we have partnered with the Minnesota Historical Society, University of St. Thomas, Landmark Center, East Side Freedom Library, Schubert Club, Ramsey County Historical Society, POLESOM, Solidarity Street Gallery, and Minneapolis Airport Foundation.
We look forward to finding new ways to engage public interest by connecting Polish Americans' historical and contemporary contributions to the global cultural sphere in a manner that welcomes people from all walks of life.
Collaborating with a growing number of partners allows us to reach a wider audience, fulfill our goals, and connect the Polish American diaspora in the Twin Cities with the global Polish community.
We aim to enhance the understanding of Polish art and culture beyond the typical focus on folklore or food and showcase the presence and diversity of Polish Americans in Minnesota.
Our main Polish American project is the Kalejdoskop Polski Minnesota.
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