Art camp brings home to Ukrainians in Lincoln
LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - It’s not the typical summer camp with canoes and hiking trails, but for Ukrainians living in Lincoln, it’s having a big impact.
This week, dozens of people are getting together to celebrate Ukrainian culture. At this free Ukrainian family art camp, attendees said that, at least here in Lincoln, they have a strong community of fellow Ukrainians to fall back on.
Every night, it’s a little taste of home five thousand miles away. Rows of smiling faces and waving hands holding Easter Egg shakers. The scene captures the spirit of the Capital’s Ukrainian community.
Their response to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine?
“We became closer,” said Olha Horokhovska, who is attending the camp.
Lincoln Literacy and Lincoln Arts Council put the camp together to extol Ukrainian art.
“Ukraine especially has a rich rich culture of music and the arts and a lot of that gets lost in this conflict as well,” said Robert Goldberg, the community engagement manager for Lincoln Arts Council. “So, it’s important for these traditions to be kept alive, so hopefully we can play a small role in doing that.”
On Tuesday, they sang traditional songs. Some were plaintive prayers for Ukraine, which stirred tears in some. For those gathered, it’s about memory and fellowship.
“When you know your own roots, it kind of gives you a deeper understanding of who you are,” Horokhovska said.
Horokhovska, who’s lived in Lincoln for nine years after spending most of her life in Ukraine, said it brings her two kids, both born here, closer to their heritage.
“They’re getting in touch with their culture, and I appreciate it,” Horokhovska said.
For a people weighed down by tragedy, and pressured to learn a new language and a new way of living, it’s a time to relax and appreciate the little things.
“Even though we moved here, we have Ukraine in our hearts, and it’s so important to remind others to remind others about art,” said Nataliia Bohuta, the camp organizer.
The camp is full this week, but this Thursday campers will head out to Roberts Park for a concert, where anyone is welcome to join them and work on door decorations from 6 to 8 p.m.
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