• Garrett Pomichter-Murray

The Arts Join Forces to Help Victims of War Torn Ukraine

BY: GW Pomichter

As the war in Ukraine rages on, A-list actors join together to help the Ukrainian people survive the brutality of war.

Recently Variety magazine reported Actors Jeremy Irons (“House of Gucci”), Sinéad Cusack (“Wrath of the Titans”) and Greta Bellamacina (“This Sceptred Isle”), all are set to take part in a charity fundraising event for Ukrainian refugees on Wednesday evening in London.

According to Variety, the trio are set to give readings at the event, which will also include talks by journalist Misha Glenny and historian Sir Simon Schama about Putin’s Russia. Funds will go to the Wonder Foundation, its Polish partners, Panorama and Pontes, and Moldovan food business incubator Katalyst, all of whom are providing services from housing and employment to food and assimilation to hundreds of Ukrainian families fleeing the war.

But Hollywood isn't alone in its commitment to those suffering in Ukraine. Book Riot reported recently that mystery author Amy Patricia Meade has organized an auction of signed and dedicated books from more than 170 different authors. The mystery genre, unsurprisingly, makes a strong showing in the books up for sale, but there is a selection of genres on offer, as well as some picture books. The auction started March 29 and runs until April 12th. It originally had a goal of $5,000, but after beating that before the first day was up, it’s been increased to $50,000.

One group of independent authors consisting of more than 100 authors from across the globe have come together to provide stories filled with hope, heart and understanding, inspired by the events of February 2022. “STAND FOR UKRAINE” is a collection of romance, women’s fiction and poetry. Proceeds go to Save the Children’s efforts to provide Ukrainian children with food, warmth, shelter and psychological support.

Even musicians are taking to the mic to show their support. HWWS Indie Music radio artists like Hire The Puppets have been releasing music in support of the people hardest hit by the devastation. According to lead singer Corey Colagrossi, their latest single, which wasn’t initially written about the conflict, “Change the World” has become a form of musical anthem in support of Ukraine and is currently a free download from Reverb Nation, and more music from Hire the Puppets is available on HWWS Indie Music Radio.

Adding to the growing outpouring of support, the Murfreesboro Art League, located in the Cannonsburg Village, Tennessee, is hosting a sunflower exhibit to help Ukrainian refugees. The sunflower is Ukraine's national flower, which is why artists have come together to depict sunflowers in different settings. Some paintings show fields of sunflowers, while others display them as bouquets. The paintings utilize a wide variety of mediums like watercolors and oils. Each piece depicts the artist's unique interpretation using a variety of mediums. All proceeds from the artwork sold will go to relief in the war-torn country.

The Global Citizen Online news source has also been keeping a fairly comprehensive list of othet A-listers and performers and arists who are working with a variety of charitable organizations to support the people of Ukraine. CLICK HERE

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