Since Russia's full-scale invasion, the region's cultural and educational institutions have been expected to reformat the focus of their activities. Theaters, galleries, and educational institutions have turned into shelters, actors in the cultural sphere have transformed into volunteer communities; a significant number of people of culture are now in hotspots "fighting their own people and things". It is symbolic that the first informal hub for addressing pertinent needs in the early days of the war in Lviv was the community of cultural managers.
In the third week of the war, the trend began to change - the actors of change started resuming their main activity, the development of the cultural field, which is our soft power, as well as the cultural sector of the economy.
In the feature, please, find a small sample of initiatives and activities in the "cultural front".
The response of the community of cultural actors resulted in the creation of new initiatives and networks:
The initiative distributes the “Rapid Response Manual for Museums” developed by the National Museum of the Revolution of Dignity /Maidan Museum.The guidance provides concise information to museum workers who find themselves in the zone of military conflicts, terrorist attacks, and other emergencies.
Our partners from the Cultural Strategy Institute made a summary of the activities of cultural institutions in times of war.
We join the initiatives focused on the protection of cultural heritage. We are striving to strengthen the museum environment, as well as invest in Ukrainian business. We have already supported the initiative of the Meta Museum to develop and manufacture boxes for the evacuation of museum collections. The next step is to multiply and scale this project among museum communities.
We are involved in the project of purchasing books for children who are temporarily staying abroad. We consider educational initiatives that develop programs and educational products.
Illustration - Oleksandr Grekhov.