The Pamela Howland Fund for cross-cultural musical connections

The Pam Howland Fund for Cross-Cultural Musical Connections was established to honor the memory of Pamela Howland, pianist and educator, and her extraordinary passion for music and music education and for bringing people together through art.

Pamela Joan Howland (December 24, 1956 – September 22, 2021) cherished her time as a Fulbright Scholar in Poland in the academic year 2017/2018. She taught a course on the history of American music at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań’s Faculty of English, but her stay in Poland was about so much more than her formal assignment. Pam enthusiastically shared her talent by giving concerts for numerous audiences across Poland. After completing her scholarship, she became an active alumna keeping close relationships with her host department, fellow alumni,  numerous Polish friends and colleagues, and the Fulbright Commission. 

She was a truly big-hearted person who cared about other people immensely. It was Pam who organized her cohort of American grantees to sing together at the Thanksgiving dinner or arranged a choir of grantees for the graduation ceremony. She was also the driving force behind the initiative to commemorate the late Michael Gilmor. Thanks to Pam’s talent, her determination and numerous concerts she performed both in the U.S. and Poland – an initiative organized together with Briana Krewson – over $20,000 was collected and the Michael Gilmor Fund for Leadership and Empowerment was established.

Pam passed away unexpectedly shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. She had so many more plans and ideas, including returning to Poland to engage in further educational projects, which she will not be able to pursue. Yet, thanks to the Pam Howland Fund, her efforts will be remembered and they will live on. This fund honors and promotes values and ideas that Pam held dear. 

The objective of the Pam Howland Fund is to explore and exchange diverse aspects of American and Polish cultures, and promote intercultural education in Poland and in the United States through music. Specifically, this fund is to support a variety of outreach activities conducted by American Fulbright grantees in Poland and Polish Fulbright grantees in the US, as well as by Fulbright Poland alumni from both countries.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The objective of the Pam Howland Fund is to explore and exchange diverse aspects of American and Polish cultures, and promote intercultural education in Poland and in the United States through music. Specifically, this fund is to support a variety of outreach activities conducted by American Fulbright grantees in Poland and Polish Fulbright grantees in the US, as well as by Fulbright Poland alumni from both countries.

We encourage interested musicians to use the Fund to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds, especially to finance projects that move beyond offering their own musical performances. Interactive forms of audience engagement will be prioritized. 

Finally, Pam felt strongly about empowering girls and young women in musical performance. And so, we especially encourage educational projects and other initiatives aimed at promoting musical education among girls and young women and supporting their efforts. (We recognize that focusing on supporting girls and young women will not be possible for every project.)

Current grantees and alumni of Fulbright Poland, both from Poland and the US.

The Fund will be launched in March 2022 and we will be accepting applications on a rolling basis. More details about the eligibility, finances etc. will also be available at the time. Stay tuned!

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