35 years since the beginning of the 3rd wave of Russian immigration to the U.S., event to celebrate the unique contributions of this community
June 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Event is open to media upon RSVP to [email protected]
- Mayor Bill de Blasio will open the 12th Annual Russian Heritage Month® tomorrow, Wednesday, June 11 at the Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The festival, hosted by the Russian American Foundation (RAF), takes place 35 years since the beginning of the 3rd wave of immigration from former Soviet Union countries to the United States. To learn more about the events of Russian Heritage Month®, please visit: http://russianamericanfoundation.org
More than one million Russian-speaking immigrants have moved to the United States since 1979, especially following the fall of the Iron Curtain and collapse of Communism. Many who emigrated from these countries have excelled in the sciences, business, sports and entertainment -- including some of the most talented and innovative people in the country today. They include Google founder Sergey Brinn, best-selling novelist Gary Shteyngart, singer-songwriter Regina Spektor, and Whatsapp founder Jan Koum.
This year’s opening ceremony will honor five recipients for their unique contributions in building a bridge between the Russian-speaking community and Americans, as well as between the United States and countries of the former Soviet Union. The honorees are H.E. Dr. Kairat Umarov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States; Alexander Levin, President of the World Forum of Russian Speaking Jewry; David Hallberg, Principal Dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet and the American Ballet Theater; Boaz Vaadia, Internationally acclaimed sculptor; and the Russian American Officers Association. Below, please see more details about the honorees.
“Russian Heritage Month®” is about bringing Russian-speaking Americans together with their fellow Americans to celebrate the extraordinary contributions that Russian-speaking immigrants brought to America and their part in building a bridge between the United States and the former Soviet Union,” said Marina Kovalyov, co-founder of Russian Heritage Month®. “This month is also about promoting dialogue and strengthening ties amongst members of the Russian-speaking American community from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and elsewhere in the FSU through culture and the arts, leaving politics behind to focus on ensuring a thriving future in America.”
The Russian American Foundation was founded in 1997 to encourage interest in and understanding of Russian heritage among all communities in the U.S., as well as to promote reciprocal interest in and understanding of American heritage among global Russian-speaking communities.
H.E. DR. KAIRAT UMAROV -AMBASSADOR OF KAZAKHSTAN TO THE UNITED STATES
for promoting awareness of cultural heritage among the people of Kazakhstan, Russia and the United States, and for strengthening ties between the United States and Kazakhstan by co-chairing the Kazakhstan-United States Strategic Partnership Commission
ALEXANDER LEVIN, PRESIDENT - WORLD FORUM OF RUSSIAN SPEAKING JEWRY
for creating the "Russian-American Person of the Year" program that unifies diverse communities of Russian-speaking Americans and for unwavering contribution to the World Forum of Russian speaking Jewry
DAVID HALLBERG, PRINCIPAL DANCER - THE BOLSHOI BALLET AND THE AMERICAN BALLET THEATER
for being the first American Premiere dancer with Russia's Bolshoi Ballet,
and a role model for positive dialogue between cultures and individuals of the United States and Russia
BOAZ VAADIA, INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED SCULPTOR
for exceptional contributions in promoting Bukharian heritage and culture through art, and for his artistic pursuit of uniting Nature and Humanity, Stone Age and Digital Age through his expressive "bluestone" sculptures
THE RUSSIAN AMERICAN OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
in honor of its 10th Anniversary and for successfully representing the Russian-American community
at over 29 NYC, NYS and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, while ensuring
the safety and well-being of all communities