Celebrating Hope & Resilience: ReWA’s Spring Art Event for Newly Arrived Ukrainians

In a world filled with uncertainty, art has the remarkable ability to uplift spirits and inspire hope. This was beautifully showcased at ReWA’s Spring Art Event held on March 17th at our SeaTac office. The event, organized by ReWA’s Mental Health Navigation team at the Center of Social and Emotional Wellbeing (CSEW), aimed to provide support and solace to newly arrived Ukrainians through the power of creativity.

Twenty-two Ukrainian immigrants registered for the event, with 17 individuals joining in to express themselves through canvas art. Under the guidance of Ukrainian refugee artist Natalia Klimova, participants embarked on a journey of self-expression, using art as a medium to celebrate spring as a symbol of hope, inspiration, and new beginnings.

The event was not just about art; it was a holistic experience designed to nurture the mind, body, and soul. Participants were treated to snacks, water, and tea, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that encouraged meaningful connections and conversations.

One of the highlights of the event was a guided relaxation meditation, which allowed participants to immerse themselves in the creative process and explore their innermost thoughts and feelings. The result was a collection of unique paintings that radiated with hope, resilience, and optimism for the future.

Participant feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing their gratitude for the event and its impact on them:

  • Participant 1: “Thank you for an incredible event! Here everyone gets what they expect: super relaxation, understanding, psychological support, and the opportunity to communicate, share experiences, and even reveal their talents.”
  • Participant 2: “I really liked art therapy! I would suggest the same thing but drawing on T-shirts. That would be cool!”
  • Participant 3: “Such meetings are unforgettable. It is always warm, cozy, and comfortable here. Alina, Yulia, and Natalia are excellent professionals in their field.”
  • Participant 4 (Translated from Ukrainian): “You are doing an extremely important job. After all, help in all aspects of life is very necessary, especially when you are an immigrant.”

One participant even expressed a desire to join ReWA’s team, inspired by the impactful work being done to support the Ukrainian community in Washington state.

The event also provided an opportunity for participants to share their experiences from previous ReWA events. Three individuals who had attended previous Art & Wellness and Singing and Handcraft events spoke about how ReWA’s ongoing support had helped them overcome challenges and find new opportunities in their lives.

The Spring Art Event was not just a one-time gathering; it was a continuation of ReWA’s commitment to empowering and supporting immigrants and refugees in our community. Through art, we are able to create a space where individuals can find solace, healing, and connection, regardless of their background or circumstances.

We are grateful to everyone who participated in and supported this event. Your enthusiasm and positivity inspire us to continue our mission of creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all. Here’s to a future filled with hope, resilience, and endless possibilities!