Americas

American Center Opens in Warsaw

U.S. Department of State designates American Center in Warsaw as one of 12 priority American spaces in Europe

November 11th, 2016
Susanna Mancini, CD News
20161111_warsaw.jpg

The U.S. Embassy has opened its American Center Warsaw in the Warsaw Public Library. The American Center Warsaw aims to strengthen the relationship between Polish and American cultures through the increased sharing of information, resources, and people-to-people exchanges.

Over the past 25 years, the relationship between the United States and Poland has been close and cooperative. The American Center Warsaw will offer a range of programs and services, including a variety of materials providing information about the United States; information on study in the United States; American English lessons with native speakers; opportunities to experience U.S. culture through films, exhibits and concerts; as well as engagement with the Polish and American alumni of U.S. exchange programs.

The American Corners in Poland are run in partnership with the Public Affairs sections of U.S. Embassies and host institutions, as well as public libraries. They provide access to current and reliable information about the U.S. via book collections, the internet, eLibrary USA databases and through a variety of events such as public readings, films, speaker programs, workshops, meetings, and exhibits done in close cooperation with the Embassy.

The initiatives of the American Center will include increasing IT literacy through Massive Open Online Courses, MakerSpace activities and coding workshops on 3D design, website and mobile apps development, and robotics.

The American Center will offer courses on entrepreneurship which will include learning how to develop a business plan, test a product, create a marketing strategy, launch a product, and how to be competitive in a global marketplace. The Center will provide mentors who will offer product feedback and professional development advice.

 The American Center Warsaw will also launch workshops for women and girls, including seminars and mentorship opportunities on business development, marketing, and communication skills. The mentors will help empower emerging female leaders to play a greater role in their local communities.

All the American Spaces in Poland and around the world aim at promoting open dialogue, counteracting negative preconceptions and building bridges of understanding.

References:

Cultural Diplomacy News