July 8, 2005
The Kristyna M. Driehaus welcomed the first two medical student participants of the annual Regina’s Hope Medical Program. This program, which is fully managed and supported by The Kristyna M. Driehaus Foundation, was created as a tangible expression of the Foundation’s mission to offer a unique opportunity for students of medicine in the Czech Republic to gain clinical and research experience in state-of-the-art Chicago-area hospitals. Currently, the Foundation is collaborating with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and the Charles University Medical School and Motol Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic.

May 2, 2005
The Czech-language theater group Dech began entertaining in Chicago in 2004. The theater crew, composed largely of volunteers, work long hours to bring first class performances to the local Czech community. Their hard work has already been rewarded by the successes following Dech’s two plays: Divotvorny hrnec and Lotrando a Zubejda. The Kristyna M. Driehaus Foundation has made a commitment to assist Dech with program logistics as well as future grant support. For more information about his theater group and their upcoming shows, please visit their website at www.divadlodechchicago.com.

April 25, 2005
A grant was awarded to Spolecnost Renata, to support their upcoming festival PadmaFest. This non-profit organization aims to create programs in the areas of ecology, education, art and many others that support the establishment of a healthy approach to living. Spolecnost Renata manages the PadmaFarm organic farm, which is part of the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farm organization. For more information, please contact www.padmafarm.org.

February 14, 2005
The Kristyna M. Driehaus Foundation approveda three-year grant support for Redmoon Theater, which agreed to develop a professional and artistic link to the Czech community in Chicago and abroad. Redmoon Theater creates theatrical spectacles that transform streets, stages and architectural landmarks into places of public celebration utilizing an original language capable of speaking across cultural, ethnic and generational boundaries.

January 1, 2005
Free-lance photographer Petr Sobek was awarded a grant to support his “Southeast Asia in Photographs” exhibition. Mr. Sobek’s work will be shown both in the Czech Republic (Prerov, Brno, Kromeriz, Olomouc, Praha) and in the United States (New York, Chicago) during the year 2005. For more information about this project, please contact us at info@thekmdfoundation.org.

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