Art exchange between Ukrainian kids and Newtown is part of effort to ‘build a roof over the world’

The exchange seemed simple.

The artwork created by Ukrainian elementary and middle school students would be displayed at the St. Rose School in Newtown, becoming inspiration for those students, who would take their own hand to paper to create art that would eventually be sent back to the eastern European country.

But with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, those plans changed. Now, another set of artwork created by the Newtown students is now headed for Riga, Latvia, according to St. Rose art teacher, Meagan Ferriter.

The connection to Riga — which is the capital city of Latvia, a country that shares a border with Russia — is, in a way, serendipitous. This year at St. Rose, the school welcomed three 8th grade Latvian exchange students who spent a year playing hockey for a Westchester-based team.

“We did a whole unit on Ukrainian folk art, just because I thought it was good for them to just connect with Ukrainian culture and all that, so the three Latvian boys, their Ukrainian art is, actually, going back to their city before they get there,” said Ferriter.

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