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Dear Ukrainian Community and Friends!


     Over the past 50 years the Ukrainian Community in the San Francisco Bay Area has presented yearly concerts to celebrate Shevchenko’s life.  Last year we celebrated the 200th anniversary of his birth.  But how is he relevant today?  What is the meaning of Shevchenko to us Ukrainians, to Americans, and to the people of the world?  He has become a symbol for the Ukrainian nation, who, with his Christian humility, poetic imagination, acute sense of justice and fight against slavery, awoke a nation to its 1,000-year-old birthright of history, language, culture and freedom!  His immortal literary work, Kobzar, was a trumpet’s clarion sound proclaiming the existence of the Ukrainian nation at a time when freedom had no value to an enslaved country.  His message of humanism, universal idealism and freedom rings just as true today for all the world, making Shevchenko even more relevant!  With today’s tragic events in Ukraine (an undeclared war, albeit a war), where our Ukrainian compatriots are fighting for Ukraine’s democracy and freedom to preserve Ukraine’s sovereign borders, you can do your part to aid in this fight for Ukraine’s survival in the spirit of Shevchenko!  Your part for the success of this event is very simple by doing any or all of these three things:

     1. Attend the concert!!!

     2. Bring your friends!

     3. Support by donating money in any amount, no matter how small; and/or, donating your time, no matter how little.


“…Bury me thus I pray, and rise!  From chains set yourselves free!  And with your foes’ unholy blood, baptize your liberty!...” -- Taras Shevchenko, "The Testament" (1845)

A Prince in the Realm of Spirit


Presidents, world statesmen and leaders of the world have praised his life and creative achievements:

“… What [Taras Shevchenko] sought for [the Ukrainian people] he sought no less for the oppressed everywhere in the world.” -- John J. Diefenbaker, Prime Minister of Canada (Ottawa, 1961, 150th Anniversary)


“I am pleased to add my voice to those honoring the great Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko.  We honor him for his rich contribution to the culture not only of Ukraine, which he loved so well and described so eloquently, but of the world.  His work is a noble part of our historical heritage.” – U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Jr., March 25, 1961


Donations to cover costs of postage, printing, etc., are always welcomed. 
Please make your check payable to:
"Ukrainian-American Coordinating Council" ("UACC")
and mail to:


Maria Iskiw, Financial Officer

UACC Northern California Branch
549 4th Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066