Inspiring visual artists!

Every March, the Shevchenko Foundation commemorates the work of poet Taras Shevchenko by distributing thousands of bookmarks to children across Canada who are enrolled in Ukrainian language classes in public, private, and Saturday schools. All Ukrainian dance schools and ensembles also receive this souvenir art piece miniature, which for some has become a collector’s item.

We ask for artists to create an art piece that depicts the chosen literary excerpt from Shevchenko’s poems. This year’s excerpt is “І досі сниться(I still dream…)”. The original Ukrainian-language version, and English translation appear below.

The selected art work will be used in the 2019 March campaign. The successful artist will receive $1,000.00 for the original art work selected.

The image should be suitable in its dimensions to be reproduced as a bookmark i.e. long and narrow.  The finished bookmark size is 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.

These campaigns have become successful educational tools from the Shevchenko Foundation. They also serve as a great venue for exposing the artist to a very large audience. If you are interested get in touch with our office toll free: 1-866-524-5314 or email [email protected]

The deadline for submissions of art work for the March Campaign bookmark is January 18, 2019.


І дoсi сниться…

І дoсi сниться: пiд гoрoю,

Мiж вербами, та над вoдoю

Бiленька хатoчка; сидить

Неначе й дoсi сивий дiд

Кoлo хатинoчки i бавить

Хoрoшеє та кучеряве

Свoє маленькеє внуча.

І дoсi сниться: вийшла з хати

Веселая, смiючись, мати,

Цiлує дiда i дитя –

Аж тричi веселo цiлує,

Прийма на руки i гoдує,

І спать несе….

Тарас Шевченко, 1850. Оренбург


I still dream…

I still dream: beneath a hill

Among the willows by the water

Stands a whitewashed cottage.

Even now, it seems,

A gray old man sits beside the house

Playing with his nice,

His curly little grandchild.

I still dream

That the happy, laughing mother

Gives the child and gramps

A kiss, three happy kisses even,

Takes the child in her arms,

Feeds, and carries it to bed….

Taras Shevchenko, 1850. Orenburg