Volunteers are needed next week at the Western Playlot Park to help spread some of the surfacing for the kids to play on. If you have time after 10am to participate, please email President@uvna.org. The main info can be found on the flyer below. Big thanks go out to Ivanka and the Ukrainian American Youth Association for their assistance with this project.
The UVNA has joined forces with four other neighborhood organizations to work towards financial and logistical accountability. Our request letter is attached below.
We ask for:
-Complete transparency of festival financial statements. Including a detailed breakout of sponsorships, vendors, beer sales, grants, expenses & donations (at minimum, for the prior two years).
-Inclusion of neighborhood groups in each festival’s logistics, safety & police plans in a timely fashion so they can have input and inform residents of what to expect.
-Understanding that profits vary by fest, we would like more consistency between fests in our neighborhoods regarding the portion of proceeds that go to community beneficiaries.
-If the festival decides to take donations, they must post signage explaining how the donation will be used. (Chicago law states that you can’t charge admission to the public way) This should include an established percentage of the gate to be donated to the identified non-profit, excluding festival organizers.
-Each festival takes the responsibility to make sure any community organizations or non-profits receiving funds [or donations] are legitimate and are using proceeds as stated to go back into the neighborhood on a timely basis
More information can be found in these two articles
Updated 6/4: We have had good meetings with the West Town Chamber of Commerce about festival accountability, looking forward to working more closely with them on additional neighborhood concerns due to the street festivals.
There is a powerful event coming up on Friday June 6th from 5:30-8:00.
Southside students will be coming to Ukrainian Village to present for us. Their project includes photographs, poems and interviews to give a voice to the voiceless and tell the “Real Stories” of the people in their community. These High school freshmen have been exploring the ideas of stereotypes across our Chicago neighborhoods. Students’ writing ranges from their experiences with gangs and violence to being one of the first in their family to graduate high school, to the pride in their families and communities. You can flip through the book they made in this link to see the types of things they share: http://www.blurb.com/books/3250614-our-voices-our-stories-our-truth
This will happen *Friday June 6th* at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (2320 W Chicago Ave), please try to stop by to show them that our community cares about their work. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/282752895227805/?source=1
November 23rd & 24th marks the 4th annual Ukrainian Village Winter Market & Artisan Fair, at St. Nicholas Cathedral School.
The fair will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm with over 40 vendors! There will be children’s activities, gourmet food vendors, gifts and jewelry and more. Admission is free and gets you a raffle ticket for an organic turkey. There will also be an iPad raffle, and at least one food truck too!
Stop by the market at 2200 W. Rice street – parking is available at 2245 W. Superior Street.