TRansportation in Ukraine & USA


Joint International Project of Children’s Creativity

Mariemont City Schools, Cincinnati – Art School #133 “Lyceum of Arts, Kharkiv

Looking at the children’s works I see how special they are. During these days of cancelled flights, banned railway and bus trips as well as the necessity to stay at home and keep distance between neighbors and friends, these pictures hav become the perfect means of communication between the young artists of Kharkiv and Cincinnati.

Iryna Bakumenko
Kharkiv-Cincinnati Sister City Partnership

he best way to learn is to embed yourself in new and different surroundings, and this is what I want to do for my students: expose them to new things, help them think more globally, see possibilities, and consider others’ perspectives without judgement. How appropriate then, that the theme for this year’s show is “Transportation.” Our students now have another chance to see and reflect on the art and creativity of their peers in Ukraine.

Shelley Komrska
Curator of the American Students’ Art
Mariemont City Schools

The theme was “Transportation”, which made for a wonderful common thread showing up in each of the beautiful student artworks. This exhibition was a bright spot for all involved in a time when so many things are being postponed and canceled.

The event was again held at the WACC Barn in Mariemont, September 9–16, 2020 with the Opening Reception on Sunday, September 13. The hours for the Reception ere staggered which allowed for student artists and their families only to attend and maintain social distancing. The viewing hours during the week the art was on display were adjusted due to social distancing requirements which allowed more students, families, and staff to see the show after school. Attendees were encouraged to write sticky note messages to the Ukrainian artists to make connections and start dialogue.

The momentum and enthusiasm for the event increased during this second year. Mr. Sergei Grichanok was unable to attend this year’s event, but Mrs. Komrska and he have developed a friendly, collegial relationship on this collaborative show.

Our thanks to …

The Teachers of the Kharkiv Art School #133 “Lyceum of Arts”

  • Irina Alexandrova, Viktoria Ceryakova, Marina Rudenko

  • Sergii Grichanok – Curator of the Ukrainian Students’ Art

Mariemont City Schools Teachers

  • Ann Hobart, Ashley Scribner, Emily Anderson, Jane Spooner, Kelsey Thueneman, Melissa Marker

  • Shelley Komrska – Curator of the American Students’ Art