November 24, 2015, the Igor Iankovskyi Ukrainian Charity Foundation "Initiative for the Future" with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has inaugurated an exhibition at the UN Headquarters in New York entitled “FAITH.HOPE.LOVE.”.
For the first time in New York Iankovskyi Foundation presented the exhibition, consisting of 60 paintings of the winners and finalists of the national children's drawing competition “FAITH.HOPE.LOVE.”, which has been held by the Fund in spring 2015. The largest Ukrainian children's drawing contest for two months has been collecting paintings from young Ukrainians. The organizers received 563 works from 19 regions of Ukraine. More than 500 young artists in the age group from 6 to 17 years took part in the contest.
In the evening of November 24th, spacious lobby of the General Assembly building began to fill with members of permanent missions to the UN, UN Secretariat staff, diplomats, journalists, artists and gallery owners. Among the many representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora stood the President of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, Ms. Tamara Gallo Oleksiy, who has been recently decorated with the Order of Princess Olga by the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko.
The opening of the children's works exhibition has been personally attended by several Permanent Representatives to the UN, ambassadors of Finland, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Belarus, Fiji Islands and a number of African countries. Also, the drawing exposition was presented to the Speaker of the 70th anniversary session of the UN General Assembly, ex-speaker of the Parliament of Denmark Mogens Lykketoft.
Gala evening was opened by Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN. He noted the importance of such cultural initiatives to build a better understanding among peoples.
Addressing himself to the guests of the evening, the patron of the "Initiative for the Future" Foundation, Igor Iankovskyi said: "Why do I think it is important to show these paintings in the United Nations’ headquarters? My country - Ukraine is going through dramatic events. For us it is very important to preserve the country's integrity, inviolability of its borders, and the unity of its citizens, who want peace and tranquility. All these desires vividly manifest themselves in children's paintings. The theme of the "FAITH.HOPE.LOVE." exhibition is universal and understandable in all languages. Faith illuminates the way for us, Hope gives us strength, and Love warms our hearts. "FAITH.HOPE.LOVE." is what my country is lacking now, as does the rest of the world. I am sure that after seeing these pictures, you will understand that Ukrainian children, as well as children all over the world dream of peace and prosperity, tranquility and happiness. And we as adults have to fulfill their dreams; to do everything in our power to bring peace to Ukraine and the rest of the world".
It is also about the peculiarities of children's vision of the world, the direct perception of reality and the amazing palette of colors in their paintings, told the Art curator, well-known gallerist and artist in Kiev, Eugene Karas.
Next part of evening passed in a relaxed atmosphere of free communication, followed by refreshments from the official UN catering. Guests have been enthusiastically getting acquainted with the work of young Ukrainians, who amazed them with their sincere emotions and high professional level. And in the end of the evening the guests could not leave for a long time, returning again and again to the children's paintings, taking photos of them with mobile phones. Their impressions of paintings by young artists visitors left in the guest book.
For information: Ukrainian children's drawing competition was founded by Igor Iankovskyi Charity Foundation "Initiative for the Future” in 2013, with the aim of discovering and supporting children's talents in the field of fine arts. The largest Ukrainian children's creative competition takes place once a year, and is designed to reveal the new bright talents of our country to the world. Every year the organizers invite the jury of recognized experts in the field of art, among them – gallery-owner Eugene Karas, poet and publisher Ivan Malkovych, presenter Slava Frolova and many others.
Every year the contest theme changes: 2013 - "My native land - Ukraine"; 2014 - "My peaceful Ukraine"; 2015 – “FAITH.HOPE.LOVE.”. In addition, it has become a tradition to take the eponymous exhibition on tour not only around Ukraine, but also far abroad after the finals of the competition and the announcement of names of winners. Previously the exhibition of works of the winners and finalists of the contest visited Belgium, Poland and France, introducing talented Ukrainian children to the international community.