March 15, 2020

Dear Members and Friends,

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 following programs have been postponed due to our temporary closure:

  • Film at the Institute, “Recovery Room” on Friday, March 20th at 7PM
  • Music at the Institute, “Spring Awakening” on Saturday, April 4th at 5PM

If you have purchased tickets to either of these events, please either call our main number at 212-288-8660 or send us an email to to request a refund.

It goes without saying that our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this global pandemic.  Should you know of any member of the Ukrainian Institute of America, or any member of our community as a whole, who may need assistance during this difficult time, please let us know and we will make every effort to help them in whatever way possible.

Thank you for your continued loyalty, support and understanding.  I am confident that working together and earnestly as a community to slow the spread of this virus will prove to be a testament to our collective strength of character and moral fiber.

Wishing all of you good health and safety.


Kathy L. Nalywajko
Board of Directors
Ukrainian Institute of America

Ukrainian Institute of America Closure Notice | COVID-19