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The Love of Freedom: Why the World Needs Skovoroda, and Ukrainian Culture

July 6, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am PDT

The Сultural Heritage in Ukraine During the War: Skovoroda Museum Case Study


Webinar Series
Presented by the Global Alliance for Heritage Interpretation

The Global Alliance for Heritage Interpretation, with support from its seven partners (Interpretation Network New Zealand, Interpretation Australia, Interpret Europe, Interpretation Canada, InterpatMX, the Association for Heritage Interpretation, and NAI), is hosting a series of free webinars highlighting Ukrainian heritage. The goal is to educate and gain an appreciation for Ukrainian culture and heritage and to encourage donations to the cause.

Join us in showing support for Ukraine with this special edition webinar series. NAI defines interpretation as “A purposeful approach to communication that facilitates meaningful, relevant, and inclusive experiences that deepen understanding, broaden perspectives, and inspire engagement with the world around us.” We are bringing you this webinar series with GAHI, focusing on Ukrainian heritage which you can share with your peers, friends, neighbors, everyone! We wish to create awareness, inspire hope, and gather donations for the survival of Ukrainian culture and interpretation. The webinars will be one hour via Zoom, and will be live-streamed on the NAI facebook page.

“The Love of Freedom: Why the World Needs Skovoroda, and Ukrainian Culture”

July 6
10:00 am MDT/ 12:00 pm EDT/ 17:00 BST/ 19:00 EEST

On Friday night, May 6, 2022, a Russian missile set fire to the Hryhorii Skovoroda National Museum in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine.  Skovoroda was a beloved poet, philosopher, teacher and composer whose work is still influencing modern poets today. He has been seen as a symbol of the “love of freedom” and for many, the attack on the museum (which is actually originally Skovoroda’s home) felt like an attack on the soul of the country. We will learn about the Skovoroda museum, before and after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, why the world needs Skovoroda, how interpreters are helping make it visible to the world, and how you can help.

This series is free, but you do need to register, or watch via NAI Facebook page.


2022 Ukraine Botanic Garden Appeal

Disasters strike communities around the world, and there is a growing realisation and evidence that their frequency and impact are becoming more prevalent globally. Garden collections, infrastructures, personnel and visitors have been exposed to manifold hazards, including fires, droughts, storms, floods, pandemics, social unrest, and armed conflict.

Botanic gardens have not been spared the calamitous effects of disasters.

Botanic garden staff across the world are risking their health and safety to ensure that we do not lose the planet’s incredible plant diversity – more than one third of which is held in botanic garden collections. For more information on the susceptibility of botanic gardens, and their responses, to disasters please see BGCI’s technical review.

By establishing the Disaster Recovery Fund and launching the 2022 Ukraine Botanic Garden Appeal, BGCI will be working to support the botanic gardens impacted by disaster, focusing at this point in time on supporting the Ukrainian community of botanic gardens. Funds raised will be disbursed via a central coordination mechanism in close consultation with BGCI’s governing body. Updates on how the funds have assisted those in need will be shared across BGCI’s social media channels and website.

Support staff and sustain collections at botanic gardens in the Ukraine through this time of crisis.



July 6, 2022
9:00 am - 10:30 am PDT