Roman Reinfuss Award of the Małopolska Region has been awarded by the Małopolska Region self-government since 2012 for special achievements in the field of protection and promotion of the local cultural identity in the Małopolska Region. The award is for individuals and is awarded for lifetime achievements and for the implementation of valuable projects in the Małopolska Region in the following areas:
- preservation of local cultural heritage,
- preservation of material assets of local culture, including folk art and handicraft,
- preservation of intangible local culture, in particular protection of traditions, folklore, technology, historical and traditional names, dialect and protection of the so-called disappearing professions and disseminating knowledge about professions that have already gone extinct,
- dissemination of knowledge about the value and importance of local cultural heritage among others by organizing exhibitions, concerts, festivals, competitions and other artistic and cultural events.
In this way the local government appreciates people who promote local heritage and are actively engaged in the preservation and promotion of material and non-material elements of the local cultural heritage by their life attitude and activities.
The Małopolska Region awards three monetary prizes: 1st Prize - PLN 10,000, 2nd Prize - PLN 6,000, 3rd Prize - PLN 4,000, and the total financial value is PLN 20,000.
The 2017 Roman Reinfuss Award laureates include: Mrs Michalina Wojtas (dancer and choreographer in regional song and dance groups), Mr Paweł Stefanowski (Lemko poet and ethnographer who dedicated his life to saving and animating the cultural heritage of his native Lemkos), Mr Dariusz Rzeźnik (folklore researcher, singer, dancer, musician and teacher on the heligonka), Ms Halina Ładoń (author of projects in the field of culture, preservation of traditions, historical events and environmental protection), Mr. Zdzisław Uchto (he devoted his life to amateur research and documenting the history of his family area - Uniejów - through collecting souvenirs of folk culture, in particular tools and machines used in farms for farming, equipment from rural cottages and farm buildings, old documents and costumes).
The Patron of the Roman Reinfuss Award was an outstanding ethnographer and researcher of folk art. He graduated in law and ethnography from the Jagiellonian University, where he later received the title of professor. During his many years of activity, he built the foundations of post-war ethnography, devoting himself to didactic work, which he conducted at many universities in Poland. He also carried out many field and ethnographic studies and collected a unique archive of over 95 thousand inventory items: drawings, texts and 80,000 photographs documenting Polish folk art.
More information is available at: https://www.malopolska.pl/samorzad/nagrody/kultura/nagroda-wojewodztwa-malopolskiego-im-romana-reinfussa