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Hong Kong Exhibition

Dave's Szopka Art Work being promoted in Hong Kong Media.

Dave with his "Hong Kong Szopka"

Jack and Dave are joined by Santa and his Helpers during the Press Conference that launched the publicity for the Hong Kong Szopka Exhibit.

The Hong Kong Szopka Exhibit.

Detail of the Szopka Exhibit.

On November 23, 2011, Dave and Jack traveled to Hong Kong at the invitation of Sun Hung Kai Properties for the opening of a public exhibition of Dave's szopka art. This was the first time that szopka art has been exhibited in Asia and the exhibition, which was extensively covered by Hong Kong media, has attracted rave reviews and large numbers of attendees. Special guests for the gala exhibition opening ceremonies and ribbon cutting were Taiwanese celebrity actress, film star and fashion model Sonia Sui and the Honorable Mariusz Boguszewski, Deputy Consul General for the Republic of Poland in Hong Kong.

Click here for more information on the Hong Kong project and slide show.

Click here to see what the Hong Kong media is saying about our Szopka Project.

"David Motak Day" in the City of Pittsburgh

Dave and Jack at the reading of the proclamation.

Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak reads the proclamation.

Dave and his friends and supporters with members of Pittsburgh City Council.

Members of Pittsburgh City Council join Dave for the unveilling of the "Hong Kong" Szopka.
Prior to his departure for Hong Kong, Dave was honored for his cultural contributions to Western Pennsylvania with a special proclamation by the Pittsburgh City Council on Thursday, November 10, 2011 which was proclaimed "David Motak Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. Several friends, students and co-workers from the Polish Falcons of America were on hand to join Dave for this special recognition. Representing their respective organizations were David Seals, of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Joseph Kaminski representing the Polish National Alliance and the Polish American Congress and Lorene Vinski from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. We extend a special word of thanks to Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak and Councilman Bill Peduto for their support of the arts in Pittsburgh.
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Spreading Szopka Joy.....

On Friday, December 16, 2011, Dave and Vicki De Passe traveled to Washington, D. C. to teach a "Mini Szopka" for 25 fifth grade students from the H. D. Cooke Elementary School as part of the Embassy Adoption Program. The project was sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and staff from the Embassy Cultural Division assisted with the workshop. Our thanks to p. Malgorzata Szum, Counselor, Cultural Attaché and p. Krystyna Sikorska and p. Danuta Szota for hosting us in Washington this year and assisting with the workshop. It is always a delight to work with the Polish Embassy to bring this wonderful Polish Holiday Tradition to the children of Washington. The children learn about Poland and have a "hands-on" experience creating their own small part of Polish culture. As you can see from the joy in the faces of the students, the Mini Szopka Workshop is a perennial favorite and greatly enjoyed by one and all!

ACPC Honors Dave's Cultural Contributions

David Motak was presented with the 2011 National Cultural Achievement Award by the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC). The prestigious Award is presented annually by the ACPC to one individual who has made outstanding contributions to Polish and Polish-American cultural life. This prestigious recognition acknowledges Dave's artistic work, promotion of Polish culture and educational contributions, including his work as a renowned artist who has promoted the szopka art form throughout the United States as well as in Poland. The Award was presented during the organization's 63rd annual convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 16.

Participating in the Award presentation were (left to right in photo above): The Honorable Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York; Debbie Majka, President, ACPC; Cultural Achievement Award Recipient David Motak; Bernadette Wiermanski, ACPC First Vice President and Award Presenter; and Timothy Kuzma, President and CEO, Polish Falcons of America.

"From Pittsburgh to Cracow" - Dave Motak Earns Polish Accolades

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Work of Art Awards

Dave was recently selected as the recipient of the prestigious Work of Art Awards, presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.

One of the highest recognitions that can be bestowed on an individual artist in Pennsylvania, the Working Artist Award recognizes an individual artist who has demonstrated exceptional innovation, boldness and creativity in advancing their art form. In presenting the Award, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council recognized Dave “as a leading promoter and practitioner of the Cracow Szopka art form in the United States, whose individual works, student workshops, szopka exhibitions and cultural events have shown tremendous leadership, innovation and drive in promoting his Pittsburgh-based initiative.”

The Award was presented on Monday, June 1, 2009 at gala ceremonies at the Pittsburgh Opera’s new headquarters in Pittsburgh’s Strip District.

Dave Motak finalist