Natalia Tomenko

November 14, 2018

Natalia graduated from the Academy of Design and Arts in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and co-founded the YNGO Agency for the Advocacy of Roma Culture, where she has served as the creative director. Here, she aimed to re-educate people about the Romani culture, while popularizing it through modern multimedia projects in the arts, science, education and IT.

“As a child growing up in the Servo ethnogroup that is a part of the Ukrainian Roma Community, I decided to connect my life with Art. After completing an art program from primary to secondary school, I graduated from the Academy of Design and Arts in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Within RGPP, I chose to unite my knowledge of art with history. My aim is to use the background to pursue an MA degree in the field of Cultural Heritage Studies. I am sure that I will bring huge benefits to my nation while working in this area by strengthening and preserving Ukraine Romani culture. This is what motivates me to become a successful Romani woman in the professional world. Attending RGPP is a dream come true for me, I am very happy and proud to be surrounded by so many highly qualified Roma people.”