The Okularnicy Foundation (The Nerds‘ Foundation) is named for and created in honor of Agnieszka Osiecka, a great Polish poet, writer and author of almost two thousand song lyrics. The name of the Foundation stems from a popular Polish song entitled „Piosenka o Okularnikach“, „ Song About Nerds“ (written in the 1960s for a student cabaret stage) in which Osiecka in a satirical and lyrical way described the difficult fate of young intellectuals living in Poland. The Okularnicy Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Warsaw, Poland. It was created in 2002 after Agnieszka Osiecka‘s death. The Foundation was established by Agata Passent, the poet‘s daughter. Members of the board of trustees as well as the Foundation‘s committee are friends of Agnieszka Osiecka or experts on Polish poetry and songwriting.
The Foundation holds as its general purpose the protection and popularization of Agnieszka Osiecka’s works. The Okularnicy Foundation promotes the genre of polish literary song through such initiatives as:
- The annual „Remember Osiecka“ Song Competition and Festival (Pamiętajmy o Osieckiej)
- Organisation, tydeing up and digitalisation of Agnieszka Osiecka’s literary archives
- Promoting young singers and musicians who wish to pursue performing Polish songs with high quality lyrics.
The Foundation benefits from public and private grants. All members of the board and committee perform charity work for the Foundation. Wonderful volunteers (true nerds!) help with everyday work. Board of trustees: Agata Passent, president and CEO, Maciej Taborowski, Teresa Drozda. Foundation Committee: Adam Sławiński ( Chairman), Jan Borkowski, Maryla Rodowicz, Krystyna Janda, Magda Umer.