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The StartSmart Foundation

Fundacja StartSmartThe Foundation StartSmart in its activities includes culture, science, education and upbringing. It also promotes the knowledge of art, the development and popularization of culture. The Foundation works with institutions, national and international organizations in the field of art and general education. This is supported by the decision of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage by granting the Foundation StartSmart  an award for the task “Chopin and his music – concerts in the celebration of the Year of Chopin in Hungary.” The aim of this project was the popularization and promotion of the Polish culture abroad, bringing closer the works of Fryderyk Chopin, promoting classical music and supporting young talents. In 2010 the Wyszehradzki concert took place in Festetics Visegrad Palace. The closing concert of Chopin Year Celebrations in Hungary was a concert performed by Sinfonia Varsovia, the leading symphony orchestra in Poland.

 

As part of its educational activity the Foundation is an entity which runs private kindergarten “Aniołowo”entered in the Register under number 238. The Foundation also participates in local cultural and educational activities, as well as takes part in regional and national projects, including the art project combined with an outdoor exhibition of works called “The development through art.” The Foundation also took part in the ecological program “Winnie the pooh’s Friends of Nature” and joined the national campaign “All of Poland Reads to Kids”. The Foundation also submitted an offer of cooperation to the City Council of Warsaw as an institutional partner for the implementation of projects co-financed from the EU funds. The proposal was positively considered and the Director of European Funds Office’s opinion was given on the basis of recommendations of the Team which issues opinions regarding cooperation offers

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The Foundation StartSmart carries out its statutory objectives on many levels, including artistic, educational and social. These projects and educational activities have resulted in many successful achievements and also in actions in which the Foundation was incorporated. The social dimension of the Foundation is also noticeable in the media – president of the Foundation StartSmart Alicja Wegorzewska-Whiskerd worked together with SYNAPSIS Foundation – supporting the campaign, “The future of children with autism also depends on you,” Other activities include: the campaign for the fight against leukemia, organized by the DKMS Foundation, dealing with registration of potential donors of stem cells and bone marrow, publications in the press, radio and television. Currently, the Foundation is committed to creating an exceptional and unique place a private primary school the British School in the city of Wilanów and a private first degree music school. This place will be created with heart and passion, and with the knowledge that it will shape the identity of the young European generation. The Foundation “StartSmart” is also a producer of an innovative project that is an opera monodrama “Diva For Rent”. The show brings missionary message of “Opera for All”. The inventor and author of the text is Jerzy Snakowski, the director Jerzy Bończak, stage design was created by Rafal Olbinski and Emil Wesolowski worked on the choreography. The Divas title role was brilliantly played by Alicja Węgorzewska. The show had its premiere in June 2011 at the Polonia Theatre, where it was enthusiastically received by the critics and the audience. In November 2011, at the invitation of the Polish Embassy in Qatar, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi, the English version of the play was presented in the Gulf Countries at the ceremony honoring the Polish Presidency of the EU and the 93rd anniversary of Poland’s independence. The ambassadors of the EU member states, the representatives of local business, the media, the cultural organizations and Polonia came to the concert.