Furthering close and strong ties with the Czech Republic and its people

From the Castle to the Capitol, American Friends of the Czech Republic fosters communication, encourages understanding, invites friendship, and promotes mutual respect between the two countries and their peoples, governments, economic enterprises, and civic and cultural institutions.


STAY SAFE

During this time of the COVID-19 Virus, AFoCR wishes that all of you stay safe and healthy. Please remember to practice social distancing maintaining at least six feet between yourself and others whenever you are out.

Practice everyday preventive actions to help reduce your risk of getting sick and remind everyone in your home to do the same. These actions are especially important for older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles). For more details, please visit https://faq.coronavirus.gov/

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Please plan to attend the Czech Scientists and Their Inventions Exhibit
at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library!

February 1- April 11, 2020
Skala Bartizal Library

This exhibition is one of the successful projects of the Open Sciences Program of the Czech Academy of Sciences, based in Prague. Composed of caricatures of leading Czech scientists and their famous discovering by illustrator and director Premek Ponahly, this exhibit presents historical and contemporary scientists via a humorous and hyperbolic depiction.

Sponsored by Western Fraternal Life

Address:
NCSML
1400 Inspiration Place, SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Phone:
319-362-8500 x 218

Also AT THE NCSML is another exhibit:

From Feb. 27 - June 14, 2020
at the Smith Gallery
The Heritage Caretakers of Moravia will tell the story of the incredible women who wear and use folk art practices in their daily life. The exhibition is presented through the eyes of Czech-American artist, Sonya Darrow, who worked with the women in south Moravia in order to preserve cultural heritage for future generations, and to use their stories to inspire Czech settlements in the USA. The exhibit also explores the current state of the folk art movement to keep the ‘everyday’ folk dress (všední kroj) along with the working folk dress (pracovní kroj) from disappearing, and to discuss the topic of sustainable folk art practices.

The exhibition is in connection with the book “Víchernice” created by Jihomoravská komunitní nadace (Moravia, CZ) with photography by Líba Taylor. So, what does víchernice mean? It used to describe a woman who proudly cares about her looks, but who is also industrious and a hard worker. Allegedly, the word víchera is an expression for rural pride. And as we know now, these women have a good reason to be proud; they kept the heritage of their ancestors alive for us.

Also Sponsored by: Western Fraternal Life