Ukrainian Artists Will Paint “Ohmatdyt”


Six Ukrainian conceptual artists will paint a building of the National Children’s Hospital “Ohmatdyt”, in which HIV-positive and AIDS-affected children are treated.

Six conceptual Ukrainian artists will be engaged in creation of installations and painting of the building: Zhanna Kadyrova, Roman Minin, Alevtina Kakhidze, Tetyana Voytovich, GAZ group – Alexey Zolotarev and Vasily Grublyak.

About one thousand authors from around the world have participated in a competition. Selection of artists took place within the open competition from March to May, 2015, and in the end 6 artists were selected.

Except art painting of the building , in plans of volunteers of Small Heart with Art is repair of the building.

“We want to create a new home for sick children, and also through art to draw attention to these kids, because the new art object will be open to all comers. Now the children are isolated from society, they do not even have a platform where they can play. All this we intend to create in the next few months”, noted Evgenia Smirnova, author of the Small Heart with Art project.

“Okhmatdyt Clinic is an old partner of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine. We are grateful to all donor organizations, in cooperation with which it is possible to improve the quality of life of small patients, grateful to the artists, who invested all their talents and skills, and offered the best design options. I really want to see the results as soon as possible in order to please the children. After all, positive emotions for them are the guarantee of their health”, noted the head of HIV / AIDS projects of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine Tetyana Tarasova.

President of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Union of People Living with HIV Volodymyr Zhovtyak said that small patients of the clinic spend a long time in the hospital, and many of them never knew another house. Therefore, they decided to do a good deed. “We want to give these children the joy of simple, beautiful childhood, the ability to play on the street, breathe fresh air, rejoice with their peers.

In support of the Small Heart with Art project, LoveChallenge, a viral relay of “confessions of love”, takes place in social media from the end of May, in which Ukrainian popular musicians, in particular Jamala, ONUKA, The Maneken and many others take part.

“Now we really need financial help to implement this important social project. We are pleased with any participation and encourage companies, organizations and individuals to support our initiative”, emphasizes Evgenia Smirnova.

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