Why do we support children’s art today?
My grandmother taught the girls in our family how to hold a needle and to make different stitches. Then a teacher made sure I kept improving patients, precision, and accuracy. Another art teacher encouraged to work on my talents no matter how hard life seemed at the moment, and enrolled me into creative contest and lessons through high school.
Some years later, a professor saw that effort invested, and mentored a curious scientist. Having a micrograph, I took during my first year of graduate school, on a cover of a scientific journal had everything to do with the experiences preceding. When I implant human cells into mouse organs and tissues, and then suture the animals after surgeries, the needles and “fabric” have changed, but serenity of the perseverance is the same as when my grandmother taught us to stitch and to embroider.
That’s why building confidence through diligence and work, and seeing progress in own performance is important for schoolchildren to assure their successful future, and the future of humanity. Here we support schoolchildren who were torn out of their home environment under worst circumstances. Art is both therapy and a way for them to continue their development through creative process. Both teachers and parents see the difference in their children’s behaviors and perspectives when these kids feel included in the larger community and not forgotten.
Here, we all work together to keep building this larger Ukrainian community that helped get here, and will ensure most optimal future for our next generation.
The building on the image above is dear to heart for many reasons. That’s were I made that embroidery practice piece many years ago in a crafts class that emphasized our cultural values. For many generations our families cherished this institution for preserving our culture and identity through education. Today, this is where our community gathers to bring back the needles, amongst other medical supplies. We want the children to remember there is a better tomorrow, one stitch, one drawing at a time.
Tetyana V. Forostyan, PhD
Program Executive Officer
Direct Impact Collective by FRAC
The Fund for Research of Ancient Civilization & Museum
A 501 (c )3 non-profit organization
New York, USA