Before the Old New Year Eve classes and a tour for children with intellectual disability were held in the Kharkiv AVEC Gallery within the “Museum without barriers” program.
This program aims to make museums and galleries available for disabled people and those who can’t go on a tour without help. The project has been implemented by the Kharkiv Art Museum since last year.
A small New Year’s program with animators and origami making was delivered to the children with Down syndrome. Particularly, they were able to make themselves a New Year tree out of paper and to listen to art critics.
“Such classes provide these special children with new information , they learn to socialize in the new environment. And they develop sensory motility by making something by hand. The children were also really excited and pleased with a tour in the gallery,” the head of the department of scientific popularization of the Kharkiv Art Museum Irina Sedeleva said.
In autumn 2016 these children already toured in Feldman Ecopark and were happy to see and touch the park animals. According to the park management in the future the children will be able to plant some trees or flowers there.
“The children got interested by the AVEC gallery program and they felt like adults, it was wonderful. Our kids also draw and paint and they could compare their pictures to professional paintings,” says Olena Oliynyk, President of the Center for Child Health and Development Foundation. According to her this inspiring cooperation with the Olexander Feldman Charity Fund and the AVEC gallery is sure to be continued.
Reference: Today Kharkiv is celebrating the Old New Year Eve (or the Orthodox New Year Eve) which is an informal traditional holiday of the start of the New Year by the Julian calendar. Ukraine went to the Gregorian calendar on 25 February 1918 and now the Old New Year falls on January 14. The night 13 to 14 January is called “Shchedry Vechir” (Lavish Night) when people visit their relatives and friends singing Carols and treating each other.