June 21 – FAWN joins the Jazz event with Kaisa’s Machine at Scandinavia House, 7pm, to celebrate Midsummer - Juhannus
PRE-CONCERT RECEPTION—6:30 PM organized by Scandinavia House.
$15 (reduced rate for $10 ASF and FAWN Members) – pay fee at Scandinavia House

On June 21, Kaisa’s Machine, a jazz group led by the talented Finnish bass player Kaisa Mäensivu, performs unique compositions and songs from their debut album “In the Key of K.” Released in 2017, the works on this album blend the energetic sound of jazz in New York with more melancholy and serene Scandinavian harmonies.

Where: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. @ 38th Street

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The popular Summer Jazz Series returns to Scandinavia House, with performances from some of the most talented young jazz musicians, composers, and singers from the Nordic countries. The series will take place on Thursdays, June 7 through July 19 with performances beginning at 7 PM and preceded by receptions on the Volvo Hall terrace starting at 6:30 PM.

Special rate for FAWN members for the Finnish concerts!


Pre-concert reception at 6:30 $15 ($10 ASF and FAWN Members for the Finnish concerts) 

NORTHBOUND THU—JUNE 7 Finnish trio Northbound bring their wide-ranging harmonic palate to NYC for a piano, bass, and percussion performance that ranges from fiery to serene through free interaction. For this performance, they feature soloist sax musician Rich Perry.

KAISA’S MACHINE THU—JUNE 21 – see above.

ANNI RORKE THU—JULY 12 In her third visit to NYC, Finnish jazz pianist and composer Anni Rorke, a graduate of Norway’s prestigious NTNU Jazzlinja conservatory, will be delivering a solo performance of her signature compositions merging classical and jazz traditions.

Did you remember to renew your membership?



Saturday May 12, 2018: The Tenement Museum tour "Hard Times", how immigrants survived economic depressions at 97 Orchard Street between 1863 and 1935,visit the restored homes of German-Jewish Gumpertz family, whose patriarch disappeared during the panic of 1873 and the Italian- Catholic Baldizzi family, who lived through the Great Depression.



On March 14, 2018, FAWN had an an informal discussion about gender equality with Leena-Maija Lauren, Turku University, who shared ideas from the UN Commission on the Status of Women 62 Conference.


February 12, 2018 Finnish & American Women's Network Annual Meeting & “Learn more about Kalevala the Musical”, interview with and performance by Johanna Telander

Johanna Telander, born in Sweden, brought up in the Netherlands, is a full-blooded Finn who has spent half of her life in the U.S. Originally from Helsinki, Finland, she has a lot of professional experiences in the performing arts, especially in the music business both in Europe and in the U.S.She has own productions such as “Kalevala the Musical”, a contemporary rendering of Finland’s national epic poem.


FINLAND 100 - FAWN 20 - "Independence - from different perspectives"

On Wednesday October 25, 2017, FAWN remembered Kati Moran by embracing and celebrating Finland 100th and FAWN 20th anniversaries at a well-attended event to discuss Finland’s and women’s Independence held at Scandinavia House.  Ed Gallagher, President American Scandinavian Foundation welcomed the audience. Kerstin Nordin, Chairperson FAWN presented a retrospective of past activities and Ann-Christine Westerlund, Westmusa, Inc. talked on behalf of FAWN Advisory Board.

The panel included representatives and perspectives from Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials, moderated by Elizabeth Kendall, Author and Journalist.

  • Aili Flint, Ph. D., Columbia University
  • Laura Londen, Deputy Executive Director, Assistant Secretary-General, U.N. Population Fund
  • Susanna Ansala, Director, Citi Issuer Services, American Depositary Receipts, Citigroup
  • Janet Rauscher, Associate Editor and Interpretive Manager, Princeton University Art Museum
  • Mari Tomunen, Attorney at Law, Sullivan & Worcester, LLP

This event was only made possible with the support of sponsors and personal contributions from board, support of board and advisory board members. Thank you!
Click here to see the event photos!


June 22 – FAWN joined the Jazz event with Olli Hirvonen at Scandinavia House. Pre-concert reception followed by jazz byOlli Hirvonen, the dynamic Finnish-born, New York-based guitarist, who performed compositions off of his second album,New Helsinki.


for listing of the past events go to Past Events page