Virtual Gala save the date: January 16, 2021!

216 Foordmore Rd, Kerhonkson, NY 12446

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(845) 626-5641

About Soyuzivka

In 1952, The Ukrainian National Association, Inc, a fraternal organization established in 1894, purchased the property in response to the growing need of its community, as a cultural center and gathering place for their members. It provided a venue for language workshops, heritage studies, concerts, art exhibits, children’s camps, and programs to be fostered. Soyuzivka itself was modeled after the Carpathian mountain architecture, with the Famous woodcarver, Cherniovsky, embellishing the buildings.

Many artists were in residence over the years, including Jacque Hnizdovsky, Edward Kozak, Halyna Mazeppa and not only gave exhibits, but workshops on their craft. Soyuzivka is home to many important works of art by the most famous of Ukrainian sculptors who were commissioned to provide busts of the most famous Ukrainian literary, historic, political and religious figures.

Featured art by E. Kozak.

These include the busts of Lesia Ukrainika, poetess, Taras Shevchenko, the poet laureate of Ukraine and national symbol, Cardinal Slypyj, the first Ukrainian cardinal, Editor Hrushka, the founder of the first Ukrainian language newspaper in the USA, and Hetman Mazepa, the legendary hetman of Ukraine in the 17 century. The most world renown statues of these is Taras Shevchenko, donated by Alexander Archipenko, a Ukrainian-Frenchman, world-renown cubist, with works at the MOMA, Whitney Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, etc. Edward Kozak’s unusual paintings of wood of Ukrainian dancers adorn the Veselka hall and Trembita Lounge.

Soyuzivka has always been host to the most important dignitaries of Ukrainian descent. Cardinal Slipyj , after his release from a Soviet prison and after the Pope named him as Cardinal, was honored during his first US visit, as was the first President of an independent Ukraine, President Krawczuk in 1992. During the 1980’s, 1990’s and now, leaders and political dissidents, championing the rights of Ukraine’s self-determination were asked to lecture and meet with the community. These included Valentyn Moroz, (dissident released by an exchange arranged by the United States and Russia), Mykola Horyn, Taras Chornovil (who later died in mysterious circumstances) and others. It has played host to Jack Palance, who appeared as a benefit for the Ukrainian community, as did Hollywood’s Mike Mazurki, Miss Universe and others.

For over 30 years, Soyuzivka has annually sponsored courses for teachers of Ukrainian language schools. This two week intensive program prepares teachers for certification and methods of teaching the Ukrainian language, history, culture, literature, etc. For over 20 years, young people attendee intensive Ukrainian cultural courses as well. These are taught by leading professors and teachers of Ukrainian descent.

In 2015, in order to ensure the future of this cultural gem, Soyuzivka officially was transferred to an independent 501(c)3 charitable organization, named the Ukrainian National Foundation, Inc. (UNF). The UNF is based on a not-for-profit, tax-exempt model that will enable Soyuzivka to expand even further as a Ukrainian Heritage Center envisioned by its founders. The UNF works diligently to continue Soyuzivka’s unique mission, and expand it even further.

Pictured above: The Pryvit “Welcome Dance” at Soyuzivka’s annual July Festival, the largest Ukrainian American Festival in North America.

2020/2021 Fundraising

Dear Friend of Soyuzivka,

We hope that you and your loved ones are keeping safe and healthy. The pandemic has impacted all of our lives in meaningful ways, and we wanted you to know that it has also affected Soyuzivka.

Soyuzivka is an iconic location that has, for generations, allowed Ukrainians everywhere to come together and celebrate Ukrainian history and culture. Since March 2020, however, Soyuzivka has been left without its usual sources of income from its camps, festivals and other in-person events. At the same time, the expense of running Soyuzivka has continued. The financial impact of the pandemic has been considerable.

In order to raise funds for the continued operation of Soyuzivka, we are kicking off our most ambitious fundraising plan yet, and we need your support! We invite you to participate in our fundraiser to “Rekindle the Magic of Soyuzivka.” Please join us with a financial contribution to ensure Soyuzivka is able to provide the same Ukrainian cultural events and community for generations to come. Any donation is tax-deductible and will help make a substantial impact.

There are other ways to contribute to Soyuzivka too! For instance, we have just launched our Silent Auction, which is filled with beautiful Ukrainian artwork, clothing and jewelry, as well as amazing Soyuzivka experiences to take advantage of in the upcoming year. Please check it out and consider bidding on some of these wonderful items for yourself or as a gift for a loved one!

Finally, please SAVE THE DATE on January 16, 2021 for our VIRTUAL GALA EVENT. We are planning a memorable night filled with performances and testimonials to bring the magic of Soyuzivka directly to your home. More information to follow soon!

Thank you in advance for your continued support of and contribution to our beloved Soyuzivka, which means so much to us.

Donate

Soyuzivka is part of the Ukrainian National Foundation, Inc., an independent, registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which means that all your donations go directly to Soyuzivka and are tax deductible to the extent the law allows. Specifically, your donation will first go to cover the fixed operating costs Soyuzivka faces due to a loss of revenue from the pandemic for the 2020 financial year. These fixed costs include land, electricity, tax, and other related expenses that are crucial to operating the property. Donations after these costs are covered will go directly to improvements at Soyuzivka.