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Artwork: Old Souls/New Dreams by Taras Palijh Lachowsky

Taras Shevchenko Commemorative Bookmark

Celebrate the work of Taras Shevchenko

Design the 2024 TSF Commemorative Bookmark

Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2024

Annually during the month of March, the work of internationally renowned poet and Ukrainian national bard Taras Shevchenko takes centre stage.

It has been a long-standing tradition of the Shevchenko Foundation to celebrate the work of Taras Shevchenko by producing a bookmark featuring a unique artwork based on a pre-selected poem.

Thousands of copies of the annual bookmark are distributed at no cost as educational tools to children across Canada who are enrolled in Ukrainian language classes in public, private, and Saturday schools. The bookmark is also distributed to all Ukrainian dance schools, children and youth ensembles, and youth organizations.

The one-of-a-kind art piece miniatures have also become souvenirs for sharing with friends around the world, while for others they have become collector’s items.

The selected artwork will be integral to the 2024 Shevchenko Foundation March fundraising campaign.

Take advantage of this great opportunity to broaden your exposure! Submission requirements are outlined below. The successful artist will receive $1,000 for the original artwork.

Submission Requirements

Artists are requested to create an art piece that depicts the literary excerpt from Shevchenko’s poem – “Subotiv”. The original in Ukrainian and in English translation appear above.

The image should be suitable in its dimensions to be reproduced as a bookmark with a finished size of 2” x 7.5”. Please ensure that there is room around your image in case it needs to be cropped slightly. Scans should be a minimum of 400dpi.

Please send artwork to TSF Executive Director Bohdana Bashuk via email:


For more information, please call our office toll-free: 1-866-524-5314 or email

2023 TSF Commemorative Bookmark by Tetiana Lototska