Current and Upcoming Events
2023 Diaspora & Art Film Festival - Meet the director Leon Prudovsky
Meet the director Leon Prudovsky in anticipation of the New York premiere of his feature film My Neighbor Adolf. The screening of two outstanding short films - Dark Night and Welcome and... Our Condolences, followed by a Q&A with Leon Prudovsky, moderated by Regina Khidekel. Special Event co-hosted by Cohen Media Group.
A poetry reading by Valery Chereshnya
Please join us as the Russian American Cultural Center presents a poetry reading on May 14 via Zoom. Valery Chereshnya is the author of six books of poetry (“Own Time”, 1996; “Wasteland”, 1998; “Shift”, 1999; “Whisper of Akaki”, 2008; “Recognition”, 2018), and numerous publications in the journals “New World”, “October”, “Friendship of Peoples”, “Postscriptum”, etc.
A reading by Larissa Shmailo from the newly released book
Join us on Wednesday, June 7 at the Yorkville Library as the Russian American Cultural Center presents author Larissa Shmailo, who will read poetry from her new collection, Dora / Lora. The book is a harrowing account of the Ukrainian Holodomor (mass starvation of the 1930s), and the role of Ukrainian collaborators in the Nazi death camps, seen through the lens of one family's experience.
2023 Diaspora and Art Film Festival
2023 Diaspora and Art Film festivals are presented in a variety of formats of public and online events from May 6 to June 6, 2023, and includes US premiers of feature films, documentaries, and animation and multimedia projects. We are thrilled to introduce a Legacy program presenting gripping stories of art and literature nested in a historical context. Event is free.
"Memory, speak!" Meeting with Alla Doubrovskaia
Women's History Month | Alla Dоubrovskaia will share her thoughts on memoirs as a genre of prose, and will also read excerpts from memoirs about Igor Efimov, Lev Danovsky, Masha Vorobieva on Sunday, March 12 via Zoom. In Russian. Video available via YouTube
Centuries Encircle Me with Fire: Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam. A Bilingual English–Russian Edition
Please join us as the Russian American Cultural Center presents a bilingual reading by Ian Probstein from the newly released book on May 3. This collection, compiled, translated, and edited by poet and scholar Ian Probstein, provides Anglophone audiences with a powerful selection of Mandelstam's most beloved and haunting poems. Both scholars and general readers will gain a deeper understanding of his poetics, as Probstein situates each poem in its historical and literary context.
Dukor. A Memoir by Daniel Charney | Translated by Michael Skakun
Michael Skakun, author of the book "On Burning Ground" (Macmillan/St. Martin's Press) will talk about his new work - an English-language translation of "Dukor: A Memoir" by the noted Yiddish writer, Daniel Charney, as well as the once flourishing world of pre-war Belarusian Jewry. Join us on March 15th at the Yorkville Library. Video available via YouTube
The Russian American Cultural Center would like to thank the New York State Council for the Arts for providing a 2023 grant to support our programs.
NYSCA Chair Katherine Nicholls said, “On behalf of the entire Council, I congratulate Russian-American Cultural Center on this grant award. Their creative work provides the benefits of the arts to both their community and all of New York. Arts organizations are essential, leading our tourism economy and fueling sectors such as hospitality, transit, and Main Streets across our state.“
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