The Ukrainian Institute occupies one of the grandest turn-of-the-century structures that remain in New York City: the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion; designed by famed, Gilded-Age architect C.P.H. Gilbert in his signature French-Gothic Style. Named after Isaac D. Fletcher, its original owner, and Harry F. Sinclair, its second and most infamous of the mansion's three private owners (the third being Augustus Van Horne Stuyvesant, the last direct descendant of Peter Stuyvesant), the mansion is located on the southern tip of Museum Mile diagonally across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on the southeast corner of 79th Street and Fifth Avenue. It stands as a gem among New York City's architectural landscape.
The Ukrainian Institute of America, a nonprofit institution, was incorporated in the State of New York on May 3, 1948, to showcase, cultivate and promote the history and culture of Ukraine. Founded by William Dzus, a prominent Ukrainian philanthropist, industrialist, inventor and founder of the Dzus Fastner Company, the institute pursues its goals by means of educational, artistic, social and professional programs ranging from exhibits, symposia to concerts.
In 1991, the institute’s mission was reinvigorated by the reestablishment of an independent Ukraine. Today the institute’s rich offering of cultural events includes art exhibits (Art at the Institute), concerts (Music at the Institute: MATI), film screenings, theatrical presentations, poetry readings, children’s programs, lectures, symposia and educational programs. The institute also houses a Ukrainian documentation center, with extensive archives of the Ukrainian Diaspora; hosts numerous gatherings of its members as well as other Ukrainian-American organizations; and serves as a valuable facility for gatherings and special events.