UKRAINE: JANUARY 2020
We're sharing some unbelievably exciting news with you that just got confirmed: WE'RE TRAVELING TO KYIV, UKRAINE JANUARY 11th!
As U.S. Cultural Ambassadors and Arts Envoys, we're thrilled to have this opportunity to work in the beautiful country of Ukraine through the U.S. Department of State. The U.S. State Department, our colleagues at American Voices and Arts Envoy, and the U.S. Embassy staff have worked very hard (especially with the holidays in the mix!) to help assemble this program for us in Ukraine. We're really grateful we're going together as a sibling trio to do some pretty awesome projects.
While in Ukraine, we'll lead a 4-day incubator in Kyiv about songwriting, creative courage, & innovationin creative arts, culminating with a concert and showcase of our students. We’ll also be traveling to Poltava, Ukraine presenting a lecture on creating an independent career in music and the arts, and performing for the public. And no, our Mama Marit will not be coming with us on this international trip, but will be cheering the three of us on from Olympia, Washington!
What aspect of our trip are you most curious about learning more about? This will be a fairly short whirlwind trip, but we're hoping to capture our thoughts and write a blog post here on deriknelson.com when we return at the end of the month— and your input is ALWAYS appreciated! Send me an email and let me know what you'd like to see more of!
Thanks for following our journey in advance, and cheers to 2020!
Derik, Riana & Dalten
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