Hiding in shelters or basements, fleeing or moving to safer locations, Ukrainian children’s drawings reflect the war as seen through the eyes of the most innocent and cry out for peace. Also coming to Verona is an exhibition of Ukrainian children’s drawings, which will open on Thursday, September 22, in honor of International Day of Peace.

Ukrainian children’s drawings in a free admission exhibition

With Color for Draw Peace, a widespread exhibition that will visit various cities in the boot, a silent cry of Ukrainian children arrives at the doors of Italy. From September 21 to 30, almost 2,000 drawings will be on display at Sala Birolli. The idea of Drawpeace came from the principal of the Kherson school, Yulia Slipich, who had already proposed to her students during the early days of the war to create a world of peace—the future the children desired for themselves and their loved ones. Khelson was the first Ukrainian town to be attacked by Russia, and all the students at its school—more than 800 children forced to relocate—now learn online.

Following its success in Florence, the exhibition will make a stop in Verona with free admission. During the opening on September 22, participants will be able to engage in a masterclass to create an artistic piece, and the same will happen on the last day, September 30.

The initiative, supported by the associations VitaWorld, Vitaukr, Malve di Ucraina Aps, and Colors for Peace, is part of the DRAWPEACE project: “Let’s draw the world of peace, the world we want, the world of tomorrow, for us, for you, for your loved ones, for everyone.”