Today, March 19, Lina Kostenko, a major contemporary Ukrainian poet and writer, celebrates her 90th birthday!

Today, March 19, Lina Kostenko, a major contemporary Ukrainian poet and writer, celebrates her 90th birthday!

Kostenko played a significant role in the evolution of Ukrainian literature and culture from the 1960s onward. She was a leading representative of the Poets and Writers of the Sixties, an intellectual and cultural movement in Ukraine, which opposed the Soviet political regime. Kostenko’s poetry consists primarily of intimate, lyric poems and ‘social’ poems on the role and responsibility of a poet, particularly in a totalitarian society. Employing diverse rhythms, sophisticated language, a colloquial and aphoristic manner of writing, ranging from playful irony and humor to scathing satire, she is acknowledged as one of the best current Ukrainian poets

Ukrainian Institute of America Closure Notice | COVID-19

Ukrainian Institute of America Closure Notice | COVID-19

All of us at the Ukrainian Institute of America hope that this note finds you and those close to you healthy and safe and as well as can be expected in light of the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus and its related illness, COVID-19.

The wellbeing of our members, guests, employees, community and neighborhood are of utmost importance to us. As a result, out of an abundance of caution consistent with the recommendations of local and state health officials as well as those of the CDC, we have made the decision to close our building and exhibits to the public immediately, with the hope of reopening sometime in April.  We will be actively monitoring the situation in the coming days and weeks and will keep all of you apprised of any major developments or changes.

In the interim, our staff members will be working from home and will continue to be available to answer your calls and emails and any questions you may have. 

The Ukrainian American Youth Association (CYM) of New York/School of Ukrainian Studies is Seeking Support

The Ukrainian American Youth Association (CYM) of New York/School of Ukrainian Studies, located in the heart of the East Village in Manhattan, organized an important fundraising event on Saturday, February 29, 2020. The fundraiser was organized by the Parents’ Committee and was seeking donations to support their cultural programs and upkeep of its facility.

Remembering the Revolution of Dignity

Remembering the Revolution of Dignity

On this day, six years ago, the most tragic episode of the Revolution of Dignity began in Ukraine

Between the 18th to the 20th February 2014, peaceful protestors were brutally killed on Institutska Street, Maidan Nezalezhnosti and the surrounding area in Kyiv. Several dozen people went missing, more than a thousand were injured, and hundreds were arrested and tortured by the regime of the then-President Viktor Yanukovych.

Congratulations to the Ukrainian Institute’s Artistic Director Dr. Solomiya Ivakhiv for being the 2019 Curtis Alumni Award recipient

Congratulations to the Ukrainian Institute’s Artistic Director Dr. Solomiya Ivakhiv for being the 2019 Curtis Alumni Award recipient

The Curtis Alumni Council announced the 2019 Alumni Award honoree, Solomiya Ivakhiv (Violin ’03). Solomiya received the award—which recognizes outstanding and long-term service to and involvement in Curtis, as well as outstanding achievement in or contribution to the music profession—at the Alumni Reunion this past October.

Frontline / Peace Life, an exhibition of photographic portraits by J.T. Blatty opened at the Ukrainian Institute of America

Art at the Institute was pleased to present Frontline / Peace Life, an exhibition of photographic portraits by J.T. Blatty, chronicling a generation of volunteer soldiers of the war in eastern Ukraine and their stories of a return to a marginalized existence, “peace-life,” as the war moves into its sixth year without resolution. The exhibition opened on January 16, 2020 and will continue through March 8, 2020.

Today we celebrate the life of the greatest Ukrainian philosopher and poet Hryhoriy Skovoroda

Today we celebrate the life of the greatest Ukrainian philosopher and poet Hryhoriy Skovoroda

Born on this day in 1722, he was educated at the Kyiv Mohyla Academy. Hryhoriy spent over 10 years in Kharkiv, teaching poetics, syntax, Greek, and ethics. After his dismissal from the college he abandoned any hope of securing a regular position and spent the rest of his life wandering about eastern Ukraine. Financial support from friends enabled him to devote himself to reflection and writing. Most of his works were dedicated to his friends and circulated among them in manuscript copies.