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Welcome to the Shevchenko Foundation
  The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko is a national, chartered philanthropic institution providing leadership by building and nurturing a permanent endowment fund dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Ukrainian Canadian cultural heritage and the advancement of a flourishing Ukrainian community for the enrichment of Canada.
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Our 2013 - 2014 Annual ReportOur 2013 - 2014 Annual Report

The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko is proud to release its Annual Report, highlighting its granting activity, the celebrations of its 50th anniversary, and the audited financial statements for the 2013 - 2014 fiscal year.

We invite you to read the Report to acquaint yourself with the many worthwhile cultural and community projects supported this past year by the Shevchenko Foundation in its mandate to preserve, promote, and develop Ukrainian Canadian cultural heritage.
Shevchenko Foundation Call for Artist Submissions: Christmas Card

Shevchenko Foundation Call for Artist Submissions: Christmas Card

Shevchenko Foundation invites Ukrainian Canadian visual artists to submit an original art piece depicting a Ukrainian Christmas theme for our Christmas Card Campaign. A total of 12,000 cards with the successful art reproduction will be distributed across Canada during the Christmas 2014 season.

Although the Christmas Card Campaign is primarily a fund raising appeal, it is a truly wonderful venue through which to expose the talent of Ukrainian artists in Canada to a large and widespread audience. The artist whose work is selected will receive an honorarium of $1000 for the art piece, which then becomes the property of the Shevchenko Foundation.

If you are interested in responding to our Call for Submission, please email your work as a high resolution jpeg image to bohdana@shevchenkofoundation.ca by October 1, 2014.

The image dimensions must be easily reproduced into a 5" x 7" card.

For more information call our office (toll free) 1-866-524-5314.
Listing of Plaque SitesCTO - One Hundred Plaques Across Canada Initiative

To mark the 100th anniversary of Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914-1920, the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation will be unveiling 100 plaques on Friday, August 22, 2014, the 100th anniversary of the War Measures Act.

This initiative, the CTO (“One Hundred”) project, enjoys the financial support of the UCCLF and of the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund.

All 100 plaques will be unveiled on Friday, August 22, 2014, at 11 am (local time) in Ukrainian, Croatian, Serbian, German, and Hungarian churches and cultural centres, as well as in local and regional museums and other public venues, creating a “wave” of unveilings, moving from east to west, from coast to coast.
Shevchenko on the Allée des Poètes in Quebec City

On Saturday, May 31, 2014 the Ukrainian community in Quebec realized its dream to honour the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Ukraine’s most renowned poet, Taras Shevchenko, with the unveiling of a bronze bust of Shevchenko on the Allée des Poètes in Quebec City.

Shevchenko Foundation Director Irka Mycak, left, and artist Oleh Lesiuk, right, with the bronze bust of T. Shevchenko at Quebec City’s Allée des Poètes.

Shevchenko Foundation Director Irka Mycak, left, and artist Oleh Lesiuk, right,
with the bronze bust of T. Shevchenko at Quebec City's Allée des Poètes.

Irka Mycak, Director of the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko (Shevchenko Foundation) was among the hundreds of spectators, who attended the official unveiling of the monument.

“Shevchenko Foundation is very proud to have supported such an important project, and congratulates the Quebec Shevchenko Monument Committee for this tremendous achievement”, said Ms Mycak. “The unveiling of this bust to Shevchenko has been a rallying point for Quebec’s Ukrainian community, and provides a strong Ukrainian presence in the heart of French Quebec.”

Working in partnership with the Commission de la Capitale Nationale (National Capital Commission) and the Ville de Québec (City of Quebec), the Quebec Shevchenko Monument Committee endowed the bust of Shevchenko, a sculpture by Toronto artist Oleh Lesiuk. The Commission and City of Quebec allocated and prepared the land for the monument, installed the granite pedestal, and will maintain the monument in perpetuity.

The Allée des Poètes already accommodates the bronze busts of such world-renown poets as Dante Alighieri (Italy), Alexander Pushkin (Russia), and Nguyen Trai (Vietnam).
Shevchenko Foundation celebrates in Thunder Bay!



On Friday May 9, 2014 the Shevchenko Foundation continued its 50th anniversary celebrations with a stop in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Together with representatives of Thunder Bay’s Ukrainian community, the Shevchenko Foundation invited the public to celebrate its milestone with performances of dance and music, and a presentation on the work of the Foundation.

Performers included members of the Chaban Ukrainian Dance Group, a musical trio, and a women’s choir that came together specifically for this event to sing songs to the poetry of Taras Shevchenko. In impromptu fashion, all members of the audience sang along with the ensemble, making for a truly memorable moment of community spirit.

In the welcoming atmosphere created by the organizers at the Ukrainian National Home, Shevchenko Foundation Executive Director Lesia Szwaluk spoke to the gathering of approximately 70 people, focusing on the Foundation’s work in supporting Ukrainian Canadian cultural initiatives, and specifically of the support of projects initiated by cultural groups in Thunder Bay.

“It is encouraging to see the Ukrainian community in Thunder Bay continue to create opportunities to engage both young and old in the many facets of Ukrainian Canadian arts”, said Ms Szwaluk.

The audience in attendance also had the opportunity to view the Foundation’s 50th anniversary video presentation on the history and work of the Shevchenko Foundation. A reception followed the concert, giving all those present the opportunity to visit and learn more about the Foundation.

The Shevchenko Foundation kicked off its 50th anniversary celebrations in October, 2013 in Nanaimo, BC, and will conclude them in June, 2014 in Halifax, NS.

The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko (Shevchenko Foundation) was incorporated by an Act of Parliament on July 22, 1963. Over its 50 year history the Foundation has invested $10 million in support of Ukrainian Canadian culture and community life.

Shevchenko Foundation celebrates in Thunder Bay!

Shevchenko Foundation Executive Director Lesia Szwaluk (back row, second from left)
and Executive Assistant Bohdana Bashuk (back row right)
with members of Chaban Ukrainian Dance Group, singers and musicians in Thunder Bay, ON, May 9, 2014.
Raina StebelskyScholarships and Bursaries at the Shevchenko Foundation

The Foundation supports higher education by providing several scholarships and bursaries annually, and encourages students of Ukrainian heritage to apply. This year's deadline for applications is May 30, 2014.

Click here for more information.
Highlights of the 2014 Kobzar Literary Award



The 2014 Kobzar Literary Award was held March 4, 2014 in Toronto. The $25,000 Award was presented to Diane Flacks, playwright, in collaboration with Andrey Tarasiuk and Luba Goy for the play Luba, Simply Luba (Scirocco Drama, J. Shillingford Publishing Inc., 2013)

The other 2014 nominees included Erin Moure for The Unmemntioable (House of Anansi, 2012); Michael Mucz for Baba's Kitchen Medicines (University of Alberta Press, 2012); Barbara Sapergia for Blood and Salt (Coteau Books, 2012) and Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch for Making Bombs For Hitler (Scholastic Canada Ltd., 2012). Each shortlisted author received $1000.00.

The adjudication panel of esteemed Canadian authors Joe Kertes, Frances Itani, Annabel Lyon and Olive Senior made their selection with criteria for best development of a Canadian Ukrainian theme with literary merit. It was a difficult decision - as Itani observed, "All of the nominated books met the criteria." 

For more information please visit:
Kobzar Literary Award
www.kobzarliteraryaward.com 
CANADIAN COMEDY ICON'S ONE-WOMAN PLAY WINS $25,000 KOBZAR LITERARY
AWARD


TORONTO - At a ceremony at the Palais Royale on March 5, 2014, the $25,000 Kobzar Literary Award was presented by the Shevchenko Foundation to Diane Flacks, playwright, in collaboration with Andrey Tarasiuk and Luba Goy for the play Luba, Simply Luba (Scirocco Drama, J. Shillngford Publishing Inc, 2013) first staged at the Berkeley Street Theatre in the spring of 2012.

Click here to read the media release (PDF).
Our 2014 Shevchenko Month Bookmark!

The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko is pleased to present the 2014 Shevchenko Month bookmark!

We congratulate artist Raina Stebelsky on having her work chosen to depict this year’s selected poem by Taras Shevchenko - КавказThe Caucasus.

Our 2014 Shevchenko Month Bookmark!

“This has been a great honour to me, especially with Taras Shevchenko’s poem, Kavkaz, being so metaphoric of what has been going on in Ukraine lately”, says Ms Stebelsky. “Let us hope that the suffering of the Ukrainian people, as symbolized by Prometheus’ heroic struggle against an attacking eagle, is not for naught”.

Кавказ

За горами гори, хмарами  повиті,
Засіяні горем, кровію политі;
   Зпокон-віку Прометея
   Там орел карає,
   Що-день божий довбе ребра
   Й серце розбиває;
   Розбиває, та не вип'є
   Живущої крови,
   Воно знову оживає,
   І сміється знову.
   Не вмірає душа наша,
   Не вмірає воля,
   І неситий не виоре
   На дні моря поля,
   Не скує душі живої
   І слова живого,
   Не понесе слави Бога,
   Великого Бога.

Т.  Шевченко
18.XI.1845, Переяслав
The Caucasus

Mountains beyond mountains, crags in stormclouds
cloaked,
Wild heights sown with sorrow, soil that blood has
soaked.
            From the dawn of time, Prometheus
            Hangs, the eagle’s victim;
            All God’s days, it pecks his ribs,
            Tears the heart within him.
            Tears, but cannot drink away
            The blood that throbs with life,
            Still it lives and lives again,
            And still once more he smiles.
            For our soul shall never perish,
            Freedom knows no dying,
            And the Glutton cannot harvest
            Fields where seas are lying;
            Cannot bind the living spirit,
            Nor the living word,
            Cannot smirch the sacred glory
            Of almighty God.

T. Shevchenko
November 18, 1845, Pereyaslav
Translated by V. Rich


Raina Stebelsky
RAINA STEBELSKY

Born in Vancouver, Raina is the daughter of Bohdan, who was an art critic and artist, and Ariadna, who was an art teacher and sculptor. She had a joint art exhibition with her mother in 1996 which included her father's works as a memorial to him and was entitled "Family Trees".

Raina has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto where she studied Fine Art and majored in Anthropology. She then went on to receive an Associate degree in Fine Art from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her understanding of the history of mankind and of human psychology has rendered a very interesting creative process, which can be observed in her work. 

Raina began to feel the need to express herself through art at a very early age and was especially fascinated in the way colours could be used to express feelings and impressions. She saw, in the brightly-coloured icons and tapestries of her Ukrainian heritage, a means of expression that continues to have an impact on her art today. As well, her growing interest in the Scandinavian culture has brought out some exciting new elements in her art. Along the way, she has won art awards, including a stay at an art residence in Iceland during the summer of 2002. Unfortunately, it was during that stay that her mother suddenly passed away. However, she continues to be an influence in Raina's life with the example that she led in her perseverance in life and never giving up on her dreams. 
 
 
 
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