It's the work that sustains her, she said. Bilan is the grants and
donor relations manager for Mystetskyi Arsenal, Ukraine's flagship art
and cultural center. The center has resumed hosting exhibitions,
including an international exhibition in Estonia that began in early April.
"Our first exhibition was a smaller one last June, with items
from our own collection," Bilan said. "It was really
well-attended. People needed something to do aside from going to work
and going home and living under constant stress."
Bilan's time continues to be spent volunteering to support the
Territorial Defense Forces, Ukraine's civilian reservists. She said
their work, too, has shifted. Last spring was spent gathering
donations to purchase uniforms and other equipment. Now, volunteers
are asked to support troops who conduct special missions.
Drones that seek out the locations of Russian equipment and artillery
are crucial, Bilan said. Her volunteer organization was tasked with
testing and researching drones.
"It's now a war of artillery and drones," she said.
"For example, our air defense needs the best to intercept Russian