Performer, Community Organizer, and Leader in Brooklyn, New York
Andrij Dobriansky has devoted his life’s work to working within the Ukrainian-American community, wherein he serves a multitude of functions, principally as a community organizer, as well as a decorated artist and a cultural historian. With a long history on the professional stage for many years, he has been tasked with a greater role since Ukraine began its Revolution of Dignity: representing his community throughout the media landscape and assisting Ukraine in getting its message out. In response to the recent historic and often tragic developments in Ukraine, Andrij has helped organize and manage dozens of political demonstrations in the United States, and has appeared on such outlets as The Daily Show, Al Jazeera America, MSNBC, PBS, PRI, Voice of America and others to discuss ongoing events in Ukraine.
Officially, Andrij sits on the Executive Board of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), a non-partisan, not-for-profit umbrella organization uniting some 20 organizations and dozens of branches nationwide as the largest representation of the over 1 million Americans of Ukrainian descent. Andrij has led numerous election observer teams in Ukraine for the UCCA, which has monitored Ukraine’s presidential and parliamentary elections without exception since 1990. Working with the UCCA’s D.C. bureau, Andrij works to connect local Ukrainian communities with their elected representatives, explaining the developments and trajectory of our community to our elected officials.
At the United Nations, Andrij represents the Ukrainian World Congress, a UN-recognized, non-governmental organization, which stands as the international assembly of all Ukrainian public organizations in the worldwide Ukrainian diaspora of over 20 million people. At the UN, throughout the United States and on the international stage, Andrij bridges the Ukrainian American and Crimean Tatar diaspora communities. In 2015, he addressed the Second World Congress of Crimean Tatars in Ankara, Turkey as an official delegate on behalf of the global Ukrainian diaspora.
Briefly about his career outside of politics, Andrij is a frequent stage presence at public events and major stages across the Northeast. He has directed a summer Ukrainian dance program for nearly 20 years in the state of Pennsylvania, which recognized him as a Master Artist of Ukrainian Arts in 2006. He can also be seen cantoring and conducting the church choir every Sunday, or performing as one of the Dobriansky Brothers.