Mar 2, 2022

La MaMa LiveTalks: #StandWithUkraine

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Hosted by Yael Haskal

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La MaMa presents La MaMa LiveTalks, conversations with artists, activists, and thought leaders from around the country and around the world who join in discussions about art and life in times of crisis.

Join us for LiveTalks with Virlana Tkacz, founding director of Yara Art Group, a resident company of La MaMa.

Hosted by Yael Haskal

Yara Arts Group and the Ukrainian Museum in New York present #StandWithUkraine with New York poets artists and musicians. The event will feature poets Bob Holman, Wanda Phipps and Olena Jennings, front man of Gogol Bordello Eugene Hutz, performer Susan Hwang, pianist Anthony Coleman and Yara actors performing poems by Serhiy Zhadan, Ukraine’s leading poet, who lives in Kharkiv.

#StandWithUkraine will take place Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 7PM, at the Ukrainian Museum 222 East 6th St (between 2 & 3rd Ave) in New York City.


The Ukrainian Museum - Exhibits and classes in Ukrainian folk and fine art,  222 East 6th Street

Veselka - Beloved restaurant, 144 Second Avenue

St. George's Ukrainian Catholic Church - hub for Little Ukraine, 30 East 7th Street

East Village Meat Market - Enduring neighborhood butcher shop, smoked kielbasa, 139 Second Avenue

Streecha Ukrainian Kitchen - Homestyle cooking in a basement luncheonette, 33 East 7th

Arka - Ukrainian textiles and clothing, 89 East 2nd Street

Blue and Gold - Old time inexpensive bar with pool table, great beer selection 79 East 7th Street

Sly Fox (Lys Mykyta)- Veteran Ukrainian bar, 140 Second Avenue

Ukrainian East Village Restaurant - Old school restaurant for traditional Ukrainian food, 140 Second Avenue


The Ukrainian Red Cross, humanitarian work from aiding refugees to training doctors. Donate here.

The British Red Cross, which has launched an appeal to raise funds for food, medical supplies, shelter and water. Donate here.

The UN Refugee Agency, USA for UNHCR, is accepting donations via a restricted fund to provide emergency aid to children, women and men displaced by the violence in Ukraine.

Revived Soldiers Ukraine, which funds medication and medical supplies for army hospitals on the front line. Donate here.

Nova Ukraine, a Ukraine-based non-profit that provides civilians with everything from baby food and hygiene products to clothes and household supplies. Donate here.

Sunflower for Peace, which provides first-aid backpacks to doctors and paramedics on the front line. Donate here.

Voices of Children, a charity that focuses on helping children recover from the psychological trauma of war. Donate here.

United Help Ukraine, which distributes food and medical supplies to internally displaced people in Ukraine. Donate here.

Doctors Without Borders, whose base in Ukraine provides treatments for a range of regional diseases and medical problems. More info here.

The Kyiv Independent, a Ukraine-based English-language newspaper. Help keep accurate news reports coming by donating to The Kyiv Independent’s Patreon and GoFundMe pages.  

United Help Ukraine, nonprofit volunteer organization distributes medical supplies, food, and donations to Ukrainian refugees and people on the ground in Ukraine, as well as offers support to Ukrainian families who have lost soldiers to war. Donations

Razom, which in Ukrainian means “together,” was founded to support Ukrainians after Russia annexed Crimea. Now, the volunteer organization is on the ground providing relief for soldiers and doctors on the frontlines.

Other suggestions to consider: Share accurate, fact-based information about the Russian invasion of Ukraine; boycott Russian goods and services

Virlana Tkacz was born in Newark, but had family connections to the Ukrainian community in the East Village, to which she eventually moved. She pursued theater at La MaMa under Ellen Stewart, whose encouragement led to the creation of Tkacz’s own theater company. The Yara Arts Group addresses themes related to Eastern Europe and has been based at La MaMa since 1990.

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La MaMa LiveTalks are conversations with artists, activists and thought leaders from around the country and around the world who join in discussions about art and life in time of crisis. La MaMa will continue to use emerging technologies to create a new venue for artistic expression that questions how art can function and how we as a society can survive challenging periods of history.

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