Recent Collaboration

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.
Shelley Komerska


Open World Delegation Looked at Homelessness and Children in Poverty    

The team of five young professionals and one facilitator arrived in Cincinnati March 17, 2017 and spent a week meeting with social service agencies that work with the homeless and seek solutions to childhood poverty.  The CKSP Committee headed by Susan Neaman along with Mike Burns, Frank Clark, Bob Derge, Jr. and Gail Bason put together a program that connected the Kharkivites with representatives from local agencies to share best practices as well as an opportunity to serve a hot meal at the Christ Church Cathedral Soup Kitchen.

The delegates visited the Interfaith Hospitality Network, Valley Interfaith, Lighthouse Youth Services, United Way, Cincinnati COOKS, Anna Louise Inn, Cincinnati Works, City Gospel Mission, the Lord’s Gym, Catholic Charities, Center for Respite Care, Strategies to End Homelessness and Meals on Wheels.  
Open World is a program sponsored by the United States Congress that brings young professionals from eastern Europe and central Asia to study best practices in cities across the United States.  CKSCP has worked with Open World since 2003.


Folk, Classical, Contemporary Music and Dance, Poetry, Literature, Art Exhibits, Galleries, Photography, Friendship Park, Jazz and Rock Exchange, Joint American/Ukrainian Folk Song Book, Library Exchange, Quilters, Puppets, Stained Glass, Storytellers, Musical Theatre

Some examples of Cultural Exchanges sponsored by CKSCP:

  • Preview of the documentary film, “Under Fire,” at the Fath Auditorium in the Cincinnati Art Museum. The film relates the stories of Soviet women combat veterans of WWII.

  • Kharkiv ceramicist comes to Cincinnati for five weeks to participate in Clay, Color and Fire: A Collaborative International Mosaic Project. Mosaic tiles are made to decorate the Friendship Pavilion.

  • The Kharkiv dance group Kontrast comes to Cincinnati for two weeks to participate in Middfest 2002—20 Years/25 Countries. Kontrast also performs on Fountain Square at a lunchtime event.

  • Associate Professor of Arts Administration from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music travels to Kharkiv for six days to give lectures and workshops on arts administration for alumni of the 2001 Community Connections arts administration program and other arts administrators from the Kharkiv area.

  • A photographer, a jazz instrumental trio, and an a cappella quartet travel to Kharkiv as the cultural contingent of the 1999 Official Delegation to Kharkiv.

  • Ukrainian Children’s Music Theatre of Kharkiv and Kharkiv Boy’s Choir in Cincinnati for 2 weeks – programs include “Carolfest” with May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Brass, Cincinnati Youth Chorus, Madcap Productions & many area schools and churches.

  • Kharkiv pianist guest soloist with Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra in sell-out concert.