About Us


Mission Statement

The Ukrainian Cultural Association of Ohio, Inc. (UCAO) is the hub of Ukrainian-American life in Columbus and Central Ohio.  Founded in 1983 in Columbus as a nonprofit association, the mission of UCAO is to:

— Promote Ukrainian culture, such as language, arts, sciences, literature, and history,
among its members and the general public

— Sponsor Ukrainian cultural and civic events in Central Ohio
— Provide financial and other support to people, organizations, and institutions for the
purpose of promoting Ukrainian culture, as well as humanitarian aid to those in need in

UCAO Activities

Ukrainian news/bicmi.  UCAO publishes an e-newsletter, Ukrainian news/bicmi, in English, about 12 times a year. Delivered directly to your inbox, it keeps membership informed about upcoming events that are on our regular calendar, and includes notices about special events, visiting groups from Ukraine, concerts, and other items of interest to our membership. You can subscribe to the newsletter by emailing us at ucaohio@gmail.com.

Facebook. UCAO maintains a Facebook page with daily postings, photos, links, and announcements of events. Remember to like us on Facebook so you can receive our posts.

Pysanka Workshops. The ancient art of writing pysanky is one of Ukraine’s greatest and most universally appealing folk Intl Festival 2014 three pysanka writerstraditions. Each year, UCAO conducts pysanka workshops for the general public at various venues around Central Ohio.  In addition, individual members conduct pysanka demonstrations at the request of local schools, churches, youth organizations, community centers, and retirement homes. Check our Events page for dates on our workshops and registration information. Coming up, December 11, 1 pm, at the Arts Castle in Delaware, Holiday Pysanka Workshop.

International Festival. For more than 30 years, UCAO was a major presence at the Columbus International Festival, winning numerous awards for our exhibits. In 2016, together with the Ukrainian Society of Greater Cincinnati and Dayton, UCAO participated in A World A’Fair, Dayton’s international festival, which is held each year in late May and draws more than 30,000 visitors. Our two organizations brought back Ukraine to the international exhibition for the first time in 15 years. The Ukrainian booth featured folk art (ceramics, woodcarvings, bead work, embroidery), music, books, and children’s items, and held pysanka img_1603demonstrations throughout the day. In keeping with the official theme designated each year at the Dayton festival, we presented “Sorochynsky yarmarok” as part of the “Marketplace” theme. In 2017 we will be featuring Ukrainian “Folk Medicine.” The Ukrainian exhibit received “Cultural Exhibit Award Second Place” and “Overall Exhibit Display Honorable Mention.”

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Ukrainian Relief Initiative.  In light of the crisis in Ukraine in the winter of 2013-2014, UCAO launched the Ukrainian Relief Initiative (URI) in September 2014 with the purpose of raising monetary and goods donations to be sent to volunteers and families displaced or affected by the conflict. We work with volunteer groups that are part of a grass-roots network of volunteers across Ukraine. URI has raised more than $15,000 to date through periodic fundraisers and private donations and sends packages of goods to Ukraine monthly. Read more about this effort on the Ukrainian Relief Initiative page.

Ukrainian Happy Hour. Kick back once a month and enjoy some good Ukrainian company at trendy watering holes around Columbus. Dates and venues are posted on our Facebook page, so take a look!

Community Events.  Over the years, UCAO has sponsored theater, music, and dance groups, art competitions, and wine tastings. We have invited authors, filmmakers, artists, and scientists to speak and have screened documentaries and movies. Our goal is keep Ukrainian culture alive and well in Columbus.

We also regularly mark historical or cultural events or figures important to Ukrainian tradition, such as Taras Shevchenko, the Chornobyl disaster, and the Holodomor of 1932-1933.  See the Events page for details on the Holodomor Commemoration, November 20.

Sviatyi Mykolai (St. Nicholas). We have been honored by visits from Sv. Mykolai in recent years. He has arrived accompanied by angels, as well as a mischevous devil, but always bearing chocolates and clementines for the good children of Columbus.

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Cultural Support.  Since 1994, UCAO has provided financial support to various cultural institutions in Ukraine and the U.S. They have included privately run, Ukrainian-1362324923_fa-1-4-2011language elementary schools, the arts journal Narodne Mystetstvo, Children of Chornobyl Fund, Smoloskyp Publishing, Ukrainian Museum-Archives in Cleveland, Ukrainian studies programs at the University of Pittsburgh and at Columbia University, and many more.

Hosting.  UCAO has hosted hundreds of official groups from Ukraine—members of the  Supreme Court of Ukraine, the Arbitration Courts, the Ministry of Justice; various visiting scholars; and study groups of lawyers, teachers, librarians, entrepreneurs, and nongovernment officials.

The Association works closely with organizations that sponsor Ukrainian visitors, including the Supreme Court of Ohio, the International Visitors Council, The Ohio State University, and both the Governor’s and Mayor’s offices.


Mailing Address

UCAO, Inc.
P.O. Box 1298
Westerville, OH  43086