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Please visit the Cincinnati-Kharkiv Sister City Partnership Website
Became a Sister City: 1989
Land Area: 120 miles2
Distance from Fountain Square: 5315 mi
From 1919 -1934, Kharkiv served as the capital of Soviet Ukraine, and is now Ukraine’s second largest city with 1.6 million inhabitants. A major cultural, educational and industrial center, Kharkiv features 23 institutions of higher education and numerous theaters, museums, churches, cathedrals, parks and gardens.
A well-known example of Ukrainian folk art is the Pysanky – finely detailed decorated Easter eggs in bright contrasting colors using the wax and dye method.
Kharkiv is home to Gorky Park, Kharkiv Historical Museum, Shevchenko Park, Kharkiv Art Museum, the Uspensky Cathedral.
Kharkiv Sister City History
The Cincinnati-Kharkiv Sister City Partnership has a long history with their colleagues in Ukraine. The partnership was initiated during the Cold War and has provided dozens of opportunities over the last 30 years for people of all ages from both cities to collaborate on projects and form relationships that last a lifetime – just as the Sister City movement intended.
The CKSCP History Committee has been conducting interviews with the key players in a number of initiatives that took place. A digital archive of the oral history will be established and a DVD will be made to capture the stories and spirit of CKSCP.
Ukraine - Mariemont Art Show
Students depict modes of transportation in Kharkiv and Cincinnati.
The recent Ukraine - Mariemont Student Art Show was a big success! We had considerably more attendees this year – which is wonderful, considering it was during a pandemic. 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.
Plans were underway for a third Ukraine - Mariemont Student Art Show in September 2021.