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“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
~William Shakespeare, As You Like It.

The Czech Center in New York presents The Artists’ Think Tank, a multi-sensory experience utilizing the many layers of the arts to create a catalyst for addressing hot topics that continue to sizzle in society. The Artists’ Think Tank will incorporate the aspects of the five senses to stimulate and uncover new awakenings.

The approach serves to draw new discoveries, for example, by combining the visual experience of film screenings and exhibitions, with the auditory nuances of exquisite concerts, and the gustatory delicacies of culinary cuisine. Utilizing this fusion of the arts, the Czech Center awakens the inner soul and initiates discussions from the outsider’s perspective, the expert, and the everyday person in order to push boundaries and create a window of discovery.

Humor also is an asset for breaking down barriers. The arts can serve as a muse of inspiration, cognitive connections, a place of intersection for serendipity and synergy. Through the stimulation of the senses, we unravel “ah-ha” moments and expand our understanding –driving us to see beyond our own blind sight.

The Czech Center New York is dedicated to strengthening the cultural ties between the Czech Republic and the United States. It presents events that feed into and complement the multi-cultural fabric of New York City providing material for a continuous dialogue between two distinct yet historically connected and kindred nations. It brings in not only artists but also academics to introduce Czech culture to an American audience in the hope that lasting partnerships will be formed and lead to continued cultural, educational and academic exchanges.



Barbara Karpetová
Email: karpetova@czechcenter.com
Phone: 646-422-3399 





Jan Žahour 
Assistant Director
Email: zahour@czechcenter.com
Telefon: 646-422-3399






Miřenka Čechová
Programming Director
Visual and Performing Arts
Email: cechova@czechcenter.com
Phone: 646-422-3389






Jacquelyn de Villiers
Public Relations & Communications Specialist
Email: devilliers@czechcenter.com
Phone: 646-422-3395












Magdalena Samková


Jana Hunterová






Iryna Melnyk




Czech Centers
are a contributory organization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, established to promote the Czech Republic abroad. The network of Czech Centers abroad is an active tool of the foreign policy of the Czech Republic in the area of public diplomacy.

These centres interconnect presentations in the cultural arena and support of external economic relations and tourism. They provide informational services about the Czech Republic. This set of tasks is formulated in the valid Statute of the Czech Centers, dating from 2004.

The Czech Centres network consisted of the Czech Centers Headquarters in Prague, 22 branches abroad, and the Czech Center Prague.

Czech Centers are members of the European Union of National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC).

Bohemian National Hall on Google Maps Virtual Tour

Come and take a VIRTUAL TOUR of the Bohemian Nation Hall
Our five-story building was designed by William C. Frohne in the Renaissance Revival style, and built in 1896 and renovated in 2008. It is a rare survivor of the many social halls built in the nineteenth century for New York City's immigrant ethnic communities. BNH hosts many cultural events and celebrates the arts, film, literature, education and more.
It is also a monument to the history of immigrants in New York City and the United States.