22 Ideas to Fix the World: Conversations with the World’s Foremost Thinkers

Book Launch
November 7, 6pm
National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003

Russian American Foundation celebrates the launch of 22 Ideas to Fix the World: Conversations with the World’s Foremost Thinkers with editor Piotr Dutkiewicz, contributor Olzhas Suleimenov, and Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the US Kairat Umarov.  In this unique volume from the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations and the Social Science Research Council, some of the world’s greatest minds—from Nobel Prize winners to long-time activists—explore what the prolonged instability of the so-called Great Recession means for our traditional understanding of how governments can and should function. Through interviews that are sure to spark lively debate, 22 Ideas to Fix the World presents both analysis of past geopolitical events and possible solutions and predictions for the futureRead more about the book.

Professor Piotr Dukiewicz, Ambassador Olzhas Suleimenov, Ambassador Kairat Umarov

Professor Piotr Dukiewicz, Ambassador Olzhas Suleimenov, Ambassador Kairat Umarov

Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the US Kairat Umarov

Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the US Kairat Umarov

Ambassador of Kazakhstan to UNESCO Olzhas Suleimenov

Ambassador of Kazakhstan to UNESCO Olzhas Suleimenov

Magical Visions: The Jewelry and Sculpture of Dashi Namdakov

Jewelry & Sculpture Exhibit
September 9 – November 1
Gilbert Albert Gallery
43 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Free Admission

The Buryat born artist, Dashi Namdakov, will be exhibiting his work as part of a celebration honoring Gilbert Albert Jewelry House’s 60th Anniversary. His inspirational work draws from natural and spiritual sources, forming cohesive and emotive pieces that reflect a larger sense of life. Like Gilbert Albert, Dashi Namdakov’s creations evoke the wealth of nature’s forms in all their magnificent beauty.

Ural Folk Dance Ensemble

Dance Performance
June 28, 7pm
La Guardia School of the Performing Arts Theater
100 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023
Admission: Free, with advanced reservation. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. RSVP to info@russianamericanfoundation.org

All of the way from the Ural mountain region in Russia, this folk dance ensemble has come to take part in several events at this year’s Russian Heritage Month®. This ensemble has been known for its preservation of Siberian and Russian dance traditions for over 30 years.

Russian American Night

Community Festival
June 27 (7 – 9:30pm)
Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre
Eisenhower Park,
East Meadow, NY 11554
Free admission

Long Island’s Eisenhower Park welcomes Russian music, festivities, and heritage to its community. There will also be a special performance by Ural folk dance ensemble from Russia.

Battles on Ice® Hockey Matches

The annual Battles on Ice® are friendship hockey matches between the New York Fire Department Firefighters and Russia’s EMERCOM Firefighters Teams. These games serve as an important reminder of the sacrifices all first responders make to safeguard the lives of everyday citizens and to commemorate the unfortunate victims of terrorist acts in New York and Moscow. STARRING: Viacheslav Fetisov, Pavel Bure, Alexei Kasatonov, Valeri Kamensky, Alexei Yashin, Sergey Makarov, Andrei Kovalenko and many more.

New York/Boston/Russian Firefighters vs. Legends of Hockey

  • June 25 (7pm)
    Aviator Sports & Events Center, Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn
    General tickets are $30/ $20 With FDNY and NYPD badges

FDNY Firefighters vs. Russia’s EMERCOM Firefighters

  • June 26 (6pm)
    Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, 23rd Street and Hudson River Park, Manhattan
    General tickets are $30/ $20 With FDNY and NYPD badges

Tickets can be purchased online here.

Bukharian Jewish Heritage Festival

Community Heritage Festival
June 23, 12 pm – 4 pm
Bukharian Jewish Community Center
10616 70th Ave.
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Free Admission

The Bukharian Jewish community of Queens celebrates its heritage and talents at this afternoon of performances by community youth groups. Community health care organizations and medical centers will be working on site to educate visitors and offer free services.

The Nomad: Memory of the Future

Art Exhibit
June 16 – July 27 (Mon. – Fri., 10am-5pm, Sun. by reservation 212-475-3424)
National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003
Free Admission

An exhibition of sleek sculptures, elaborate graphic works, and brilliant jewelry that preserves the intrigue and elegant force of the time of Genghis Khan. All works by sculptor, artist, and jeweler Dashi Namdakov, one of the first living artists to exhibit at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Artist website:www.dashi-art.com.

The Caring Canvas Presents: A Right Brain Experience

Art Exhibit
June 10-14 (Mon – Fri, 10am-4pm)
The Brownstone
224 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
Free Admission

This year, Laura Brunetti, a passionate advocate of healing through art, is bringing a new Caring Canvas exhibit called A Right Brain Experience to the Brownstone.

Spoils of War: Ode to a Refusenik Mother

Art Exhibit
June 10-12 (Mon – Fri, 10am-4pm)
The Brownstone
224 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
Free Admission

Margarita Korol’s Spoils of War commemorates the artist’s mother’s 1988 immigration from the Soviet Union to Chicago. Twenty-five years after that transition, this exhibition invites all to join in celebrating the feats of refuseniks and American activists who fought in the name of the individual pursuit of happiness. Presented as part of the annual Russian Heritage Festival® in commemoration of the First, Second and Third Waves of Russian cultural migration to the United States.

11th Annual Together in New York® Festival

The Annual Community Festival and Health and Sports Fair
June 9, 11 am – 4 pm
Asser Levy/Seaside Park
West 5th Street, Brooklyn
Free Admission
Featured artist: Mikhail Belomlinsky

Full day of live music, dancing, performances by community youth groups, and delicious cuisine. This annual community festival, which promotes culture, sports, and wellness is always fun for families and friends! Special performances by the contemporary Russian Bard, Timur Shaov and by a Russian children’s choir, The New Names. Representatives of the healthcare industry will also be in attendance to educate visitors and provide free medical testing.

The New Land Film Festival

Film Festival
June 6 (3-11pm)
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
Admission: $10, YIVO members $8. For tickets visit yivo.org.

In honor of the 65th Anniversary of Israel , RAF and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research join forces for this festival featuring four films. All of the films’ directors share a Jewish Heritage and the common language of Russian.

  • 3pmLost Temple (2010, Sergey Grankin)
  • 5pm,The Territory (2012, Dmitriy Khavin)
  • 7pmMy Father Evgeni (2010, Andrei Zagdansky)
  • 9pmNo One but Us (2011, Roman Shumunov)

The New Names Children’s Choir

June 5, 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Grace Building, Plaza (outdoors), 1114 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan
Free admission; RSVP to info@russianamericanfoundation.org

June 6, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Brookfield Place, Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street, Manhattan
Free admission; RSVP to info@russianamericanfoundation.org

The New Names make their debut in the U.S. with Arts Brookfield, sharing with New York audiences contemporary and classical works by Russian, European, and American composers as well as traditional Russian folk songs.

The Horn Orchestra of Russia

Music Concert
June 5, 8:30pm
National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003
Free admission with advanced reservation; RSVP to info@russianamericanfoundation.org

The Horn Orchestra of Russia is a group of brass musicians that perform in the classical style of Imperial Russia, reviving traditions of horn music performances popular in the 18th century. Each of the 74 unique, handmade instruments plays a single note, producing a uniquely mesmerizing sound.

Nahum Tschacbasov: A Retrospective

Art Exhibit
June 1-16 (Mon-Fri, 9am-12pm, 3-5pm, Sun. by reservation, 212-475-3424)
National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003
Free Admission

Nahum Tschacbasov is an Azerbaijani-born American artist who found himself in the middle of some of America’s most seminal movements in art throughout his 60-year career. An extensive collection from his paintings will be hosted for a limited period of time at the National Arts Club. From the collection of Arthur T. Kalaher.

RetroSpective at the Museum at FIT

Retrospective Exhibit
May 22 – November 16 (Tue -Fri 12-8pm, Sat. 10am-5pm)
Fashion Institute of Technology
7th Avenue at 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
Free Admission

The Russian American Foundation is proud to announce the first Russian costume piece to be introduced into the permanent collection at The Museum at FIT. The piece is a costume ensemble from the 2004 collection Invasion from the Slava Zaitsev Moscow Fashion House, and will be on display as part of the Museum’s RetroSpective exhibition. Zaitsev is known for his seamless integration of both Russian and Tatar motifs into an elegant, western shape.

The Time of a Great Dream: American Artists’ Gift to the Jewish Autonomous Region of the USSR

Art Exhibit
May 17-June 30 (Mon – Fri, 10am-5pm)
Harriman Institute at Columbia University
420 W 118th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10027
Free Admission

A collection of lithographs, etchings, woodcuts, and other artworks given as gifts to the Birobidzhan Museum of Contemporary Art will be on display at the Harriman Institute. These gifts were given to Birobidzhan shortly after the Soviet government established it as a new Jewish homeland, by American artists who united to support the new settlement. From the collection of the Russian Ethnography Museum.

Jewish Life in the Russian Empire

Photography Exhibit
April 20 – October 20 (Mon – Fri 10am-5pm, Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm)
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Free Admission

The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) presents Jewish Life in the Russian Empire: Photographs from the Museum of Ethnography, St. Petersburg, Russia, a unique photographic record of Jewish communities in Tsarist Russia between 1867 and 1916. The exhibition brings together sixty-three archival reproductions, featuring portraits of Russia’s Jewish subjects as well as scenes from daily life during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. More information here.