Alberta youth invited to submit artwork for UCHV exhibit celebrating Canada’s 150th


Artwork by Kaitlyn L, 10: I showed where my ancestors lived in Ukraine and how they came to Canada. I drew the house they stayed in with wheat crops growing then I drew them on the boat they went on from Ukraine to Canada then I drew my ancestors in their house made out of logs in Canada with some carrots growing near their new house and they arrived at night so it was dark.

UPDATE: Deadline for this contest was moved to January 31, 2017.

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary

As communities across Canada prepare to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV) plans to highlight stories and experiences of ordinary Albertan families in a special youth art exhibit entitled Where We Came From.

Albertan youth are invited to submit pieces of 11×17 artwork that helps illustrate the role their families played when they first arrived in the province and how they helped build their communities. The best examples from each age category will be displayed in the UCHV Visitor Centre for the 2017 summer season. Age categories include: seven and younger, 8-9, 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18 years of age.

To help aspiring artists, here are some questions that they might want to consider as they explore their family history:

  • What makes your family history unique or special?
  • Is there an interesting or special story someone in your family can tell you about their history?
  • Where did your family live before they came to Canada?
  • What were some of the challenges your family faced long ago?
  • Where did your family live before they came to Canada?
  • Why did your family come to Alberta? How did they get here? What kind of things did they bring?
  • What did they look like when they got here?
  • What did their first home in Canada look like?
  • What kinds of communities did they live in when they got to Canada?

The UCHV held a similar youth art contest in 2016 to recognize the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada. Youth submitted artwork that illustrated their family’s journey to Canada and settlement in Alberta experience. Approximately 50 pieces of art were selected to form an exhibit that was on display for the 2016 summer season. The selected pieces on display in the Visitor Centre last year presented complex stories of the past through the lens of a child who today, in many cases, were removed several generations from those ancestors who made this immigration journey. The artwork also provided unique insight into a child’s perception of the world and, in this case, their understanding of the past and the perseverance of immigrants who started a new life in Canada.

“We were overwhelmed by the response from students last year, who shared personal insight into their family’s journey or settlement story,” says Pamela Trischuk, Head of Education & Interpretation at the UCHV. “The artwork in many cases not only captured the physical journey to Canada, but illustrated examples of how cultural identity has been retained in the family today. We look forward to a similar response this year to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.”

Exhibit details

Where We Came From will be accepting submissions until January 31, 2017. Selected artwork will be on display in the Visitor Centre from May 22 to September 4. Contest guidelines and submission forms are available at (under School Programs page).

Operated by Alberta Culture and Tourism, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is located 25 minutes east of Edmonton on Highway 16. Starting May 22, it is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through to September 4. For more information visit or call 780-662-3640 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access in Alberta).

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