Meet this Hungarian-American organization and its important activity.
The Hungarian American Cultural Association (HACA) was incorporated in 1994 in Maryland. HACA’s main mission is to support the cultural programs of Embassy of Hungary in Washington, DC and the Hungarian Consulate in New York City.
To be more specific, the organization assists and encourages educational and cultural interaction between the citizens of the United States and Hungary. Also important part its activity is educateting the public and fostering interest and appreciation in the United States for the history and culture of Hungary including its literature, fine and performing arts, and scientific achievements. Besides these, HACA sponsors and supports educational and cultural programs relating to the foregoing purposes. The Corporation is empowered to exercise all rights and duties allowed under the laws of the State of Maryland.
HACA played significant role in organizing of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington where Hungary was the featured country. This was a unique chance to showcase Hungary’s cultural heritage. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the American public in general, and Hungarian-Americans in particular, to connect with Hungary. HACA helped to provide housing and logistics support to over 150 Hungarian singers, dancers, musicians, and craftsmen who performed during this festival. HACA provided decorative items such as floral arrangements and tablecloths for the Hungarian Exhibit at the festival.
In addition to supporting the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, HACA has provided financial assistance to numerous events that have promoted Hungarian culture, such as:
• The Kennedy Center performance of “Wizards in Dreamland” on October 15, 2013
• The “56 at 56” commemoration of the 1956 Revolution conducted at the US Institute of Peace on October 18, 2012
• Piano Concert given by Tunde Krasnai on May 22, 2014 at the Hungarian Embassy
In the future, HACA will continue to support the Hungarian Ambassador and will continue to support the cultural programs held at the Embassy of Hungary and the Consulate in New York.