"My COVID-19 Storytelling"
for CHILDREN ages 5-16
Recognizing the Gifted and Talented Child in Visual Arts!
Ready to tell your own story? - join our project.
All cultures are rich with traditions, customs and opportunities
FAMILY STORIES are a TREASURE.
Children today live in a fast-moving, and digitally evolved world. They communicate and socialize through a virtual world of smartphones and social media platforms which connect them to people across the globe. This virtual reality is not conducive to sharing stories and cultural folklore, however the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly changed our reality in every way. Our daily pace has come to a halt as families are now required to shelter in place, consequently spending more time in each other’s company, sharing meals, cooking, and rekindling an appreciation for sharing stories of our culture.
The Ukrainian National Museum is determined to encourage this new trend. With the mutual goal of promoting storytelling, and honoring the dedicated healthcare professionals who are working tirelessly to protect us from the COVID-19 virus, we will be hosting a Storytelling Festival this September in Chicago, for children of all ages. The project is intended to give children a creative outlet to process their emotions during the COVID-19 crisis, while also inspiring an appreciation of storytelling, and honoring our healthcare heroes. The festival will include a challenge to encourage school-aged children to draw upon their imagination and creativity to create and submit a story with illustrations. The theme will be “saving the planet and beating COVID-19”. Stories should demonstrate a moral lesson where good overcomes evil, and include a happy ending.
The Ukrainian National Museum will exhibit the artwork and the best stories will be collected and printed in a book. The festival will feature a theatrical diorama depicting Ukrainian folk tales. Children and their families will be encouraged to dress in folk costumes of their heritage of origin, and interact with the realistic scenery. They will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with healthcare professionals and frontline responders, the real heroes during COVID19.
SPONSORS are welcomed to join us in rewarding the young artists. Please contact the UKRAINIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM [email protected]
The goal of the competition is to popularize children’s art, develop a child’s creative potential, lead to an exhibition of the best samples of children's art and support and encourage creativity arising from the concern which school children, along with their parents experience about the future of humanity and preservation of our planet. We live in times when dreams can become realities. Therefore, fairy tale characters and real stories are at the heart of these writings / drawings.
The importance of this project is to unite creative Chicago children around the arts and thus enrich the country with optimism and family time in a useful productive activity.
• Young artists, young poets, young writers, ages 5 to 16, are invited to participate in the challenge of Storytelling.
• Application must be submitted to email address [email protected].
• Applications accepted from April 15 to May 30, 2020,
• Photos of the drawings should be emailed to [email protected]
• Size of art work 10” x 14“ or 14” x 24”
• Curator will contact the applicants as to the exact date when the Storytelling Concepts must be delivered to the Ukrainian National Museum.
• The artistic concepts will be presented at the exhibition which will take place during the September festival. Poetry and short stories will be printed in the festival catalog.
The exact day of the Storytelling Festival in September will be announced once the quarantine is lifted and museum activities resume to normal .
Exhibition contestants will receive special recognition.
The Ukrainian National Museum in Chicago: "My COVID-19 Storytelling "
Applicants full name:_______________________________________________
Applicant’s city of residence:__________________________________________
Parent’s phone: __________________________________________________
Parent’s email: ___________________________________________________
The application must be accompanied by:
Photo images, a brief story about why it was created, how, what inspired you, who from your family participated in the design of the work. Specify the type of media and technique used to create your art. Mention something clever about yourself.
Submitted information will be placed next to your art.
Note to Parents: I, _________________________________________(printed surname, first name) consent to the processing of my child's personal information, including photographs of works, and their use in print and electronic publications, websites and videos and other events, directed to the promotion of the competition at the decision of the organizers.
Parent’s signature: ________________________________________________
Image may contain: 5 people, people sitting, people eating, table, food and indoor
Image may contain: 1 person, sitting and indoor