THE ΤΕΛΟΣ SOCIETY speaks to Sozita Goudouna, Founding Director of Greece In USA
Greece in USA is a non-profit organization with a global reach that promotes knowledge of contemporary and ancient Greek Culture while fostering international cultural cooperation, experimentation and social engagement. The organization's extensive programming includes commissioned artists' and curators' projects, residencies, educational and ecological initiatives and the commitment to cultivating a sensible culture of innovation and thought leadership.
We are dedicated to offering innovative and unique programs in education and the arts, all exploring the evolving diversity and richness of Greek and Cypriot cultures. The non- profit organization seeks to generate new thinking about the arts and promote cross- cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of creation.
The organization promotes international exchange of practice and knowledge in the arts - visual and sound art, dance, architecture, theatre - research on the methods used in curatorial and performing practices and investigation of points of intersection between the arts, science and the public sphere by means of interventions, collective actions, educational programs and publications.
Greece in USA aims to collaborate and build long-lasting partnerships with leading institutions and individuals who actively engage with Greece and its culture and to convey a comprehensive and distinctive representation of Greece and Cyprus by producing cultural and educational programs that encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement.
Our principal goals are:
To shape and envision the image of contemporary Greece in the United States beyond existing stereotypes
To recalibrate the assumed center of Greek national narratives to include those who have often been denied historical recognition.
To transform the way Greek histories are told and produce projects that reflect the vast, rich complexity of Greek culture.
To support Greek inspired cultural practices by welcoming and nurturing new ideas and influential perspectives
To commission, produce and present contemporary Greek and Cypriot culture that grapple with many of the pressing social and political issues of our time
To foster Greek scholarship and cultural research within the American educational system
To develop a transatlantic network for the exchange of culture and ideas
To strengthen the development of structures in cultural policy & leadership, and foster worldwide mobility.
Greece in USA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization registered in the State of New York, tax-exempt ID no. 85-0828531. Contributions to Greece in USA are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Greece in USA's launch is under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture.
The Day After...
My Grandma’s life
by Lavinia Lascaris, Athens
I rushed back to my grandma’s house. Everyone was already there; my mom, my aunt, my cousins, my siblings. And my grandma, lying on her bed, no longer with us. Our family dramas had temporarily subsided, surrendering to the situation at hand. Each of us was experiencing it in an exclusive way, only sometimes overlapping with another’s equally vulnerable and unstable mental state. Mine went from uncontrollably sobbing on the bathroom floor to spastically laughing at my brother’s unintended sexual pun about my grandma. My sister (as always) followed my train of thought and joined my laughing fit, which was amplified by my brother’s perplexed expression at having missed the double-entendre of his own remark. We had to explain it to him, and by then the rest of the family was laughing too, those of us who were sitting on the bed, making it (and grandma) bounce a little.
Meanwhile, the Pale Orc’s identical twin from the funeral services was arranging my grandma’s transportation to the mortuary. Seeing us all together, laughing as we were, he was touched by our ability to bring humor into the scene and offered to take a picture of us. My mom, at the sheer thought of having a camera pointed at her, was delighted by the idea. I was not; and neither were my siblings. We stopped laughing, my mother rearranged her hair, the Pale Orc found a camera. I felt uncomfortable, my body froze while I failed at finding an adequate spot to look at. How does one pose for a photo with their dead grandma in the background? My mother did not quail; she smiled and posed as if behind her was not her mother but the Taj Mahal. Thus was commemorated my grandma’s passing, though I have never seen that photograph. In the next room, my grandpa was staring at the ceiling. Semiconscious, unaware of everything, he had granted my grandma her unrealistic request.