Together, we search for peace. Peace within our homes, peace within our communities, peace within our nation. We are fortunate to live in a place that knows peace, that actively keeps the light that hope emits burning bright in the darkest of times. Through this peace, we renew our faith in humanity each day. Right now, there are people who would seek to do away with that peace, who would seek to do harm to those simply searching for the same humanity that we are afforded. We turn on our screens and scroll through timelines shuttering, frozen in time as images and videos that extinguish the light that hope creates fill our minds. We close our eyes only to see those very images, again and again, feeling helpless miles and miles away as darkness and sorrow grow.
Art serves a civic purpose, always. It has become even more apparent in times of extreme darkness and inequity in our world. We as artists realize that a fundamental truth of our artistry is that it must actively seek to do good, to speak when marginalized peoples are silenced, to act as a balm when violence and turmoil once again rear their ugly heads. Over the past several days many of us have been saddened, frustrated, angered, moved to tears, but in all of this have felt helpless. This effort will give us the chance to do something, to have some small part in supporting Ukraine’s cry for peace for their nation. To reject this chance would be not only to do a disservice to their fight, but to do a disservice to the purpose of our art, we at Opera InReach are proud that we can do our part here.
Our solution is Art for Peace
, a fundraising concert featuring a host of Canadian artists all offering their talent in the name of peace for Ukraine. We look to our community, all of you, to help us meet our goal of $5,000
. All donations received will be split between Dobrodiy Club
, and the Red Cross
to help them offer critical aid to our fellow humans fighting for peace in their nation. Anything you can give of yourself, whether that be a like and a share of our initiative or a monetary contribution of any size, is appreciated and will support our quest to bring light to Ukraine in this time of darkness.