Anna Archacka (b. 1958) graduated from the Faculty of Education and Psychology at the University of Warsaw’s Białystok Campus, and received a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from the University of Warsaw. From the beginning of her career she has worked in the field of culture: she was a longtime employee of the Łomża Voivodeship Division for Art and Culture, and following Poland’s administrative reform, the Local Łomża District Government. She was recognized with the Meritorious Activist for Culture decoration, and is a finalist of the Regional Weekly Contacts plebiscite Woman of the Year 2011. In 2008, Anna Archacka became director of the Nature Muzeum in Drozdów, based in the Lutosławski manor house.
Her greatest achievements include the renovation of the Museum, which returned to the Lutosławski country estate its former glory. (Three projects have been realized there to-date with European means of financial support.) One of the priorities she took up is the popularization of Witold Lutosławski’s compositional heritage and the individual Lutosławski family members’ contribution to Polish culture, academics, and economy. To this end, a number of events exist, including: the concert series Chamber Music in the Lutosławski Manor House, and Witold Lutosławski: Great Pole and Artist, with the participation of known musicians, and an offer in workshops and concerts by faculty members and students of Polish musical institutions of higher learning, as well as displays of achievement in study by younger music school students. The person of Witold Lutosławski, his achievements and those of his family are made accessible through popular conferences, such as: Sofia Casanova Lutosławska – Spanish Writer, Pole by Choice, and A Witold Lutosławski Family Portrait.
The promotion of young talent and opening the Museum’s philosophy to collaboration with the artistic, academic, and wider educational milieu have made this institution into a significant centre of culture, the activity of which is based on the tradition of local place. The Museum’s activities aim is to associate, in the general consciousness, Drozdowo and the Łomża Lands with the person of the great Polish composer and his family origins.
Anna Archacka herself is full of admiration for Witold Lutosławski: “He is a great artist, who was a great human being. He was able to share with others not only his talent, but also moral and financial support, but in a discreet manner – without publicity. For this I salute him”.
On August 30, 2013, in Drozdów, Anna Archacka was honoured with the Lutosławski Centennial Medal.
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