Ukrainian Cultural Awareness Day in Harvard Square

Ukrainian Cultural Awareness Day
Saturday, September 10th, 2022
3pm – 5pm Palmer Street in Harvard Square  
The Harvard Square Business Association, in partnership with the Harvard Ukrainian Student Society , warmly invite you to attend a Ukrainian Cultural Awareness event on Saturday, September 10th, 2022 on Palmer Street in the heart of Harvard Square. The program will take place from 3pm to 5pm and will feature traditional Ukrainian folk music, speakers from Harvard University, treats and giveaways.  

Speakers include:
– Diana Lysenko, President of the Harvard Ukrainian Student Society
– Julia Lemesh, Vice-President of the Harvard Ukrainian Student Society
– Emily Channell-Justice, Director of the Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute  
– Oleh Kotsyuba, Manager of Publications at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute  
– And several special guest
Musicians Mark Boroda and Olena Kleyner will be performing traditional and contemporary Ukrainian songs. 
Also featured at this event will be a raffle with prizes generously donated by The Harvard Coop, Allbirds, The Boston Pops, The Huntington Theatre Company and others.   

Denise Jillson, executive director of the Harvard Square Business Association, remarked, “We are looking forward to hosting our Ukrainian friends for an afternoon of reflection, education and solidarity. Since Ukraine was invaded seven months ago, the resolve of the Ukrainian people has been inspiring in the face of unrelenting disruption to their lives. It is our hope that events like these will keep these unabating atrocities foremost in our minds.”  

Ukrainian Cultural Awareness Day in Harvard Square is the second in series of events highlighting the enduring resiliency of the Ukrainian people. On Sunday, March 20, 2022, Cambridge artists, Ross Miller and Yolanda He Yang, in collaboration with the Harvard Square Business Association, the City of Cambridge, Cambridge Arts Council and Cambridge Historical Commission wrapped the Charles Sumner statue in Harvard Square in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.  

In presenting the concept of Ukraine Echo to the city of Cambridge and the Harvard Square Business Association (HSBA), Miller said, “The horrors of war constantly update on our phone as residents of Lviv, Ukraine carefully wrap urban artworks, protecting a fountain dedicated to the ocean goddess from bomb damage. With jarring pain, we know we are not able to physically connect or assist. Even more helpless…how can artists act to show empathy? This project is an insignificant yet heartfelt effort to transfer an image from Lviv, Ukraine to Cambridge, Massachusetts – a tiny symbolic action. Perhaps the futility of this action is part of the expression.”  

Please see a video of the wrapping of the John Harvard statue below.