A Letter from the Director

Executive Director, Dana Prescott, with Chloé at the Civitella Ranieri Center.

Photo by Chris Warde-Jones

 

April 23, 2018

 

Dear Civitellians,

 

Spring has finally arrived at the Castle!  We have had a week of warm and balmy weather forcing flowers to bloom and bright green leaves to emerge on long dormant trees.  Maurizio and Ennio are filling the terra cotta vases with roses and birdsong fills the air.  A peacock has taken up residence near by and as beautiful as he is, his cry sounds like a devastating call for help.  We are getting used to him.

 

In just days Group One will arrive bringing us three composers, five writers, and five visual arts Fellows.  They represent Canada, New Zealand, Iceland, Kenya, Iran, Nigeria, China, Palestine, and the United States.  They will be joined by four Director-s Guests from Nigeria, the USA, and South Africa.  And in their early days of residency, they will be joined by the writing jury which will meet at the Castle to choose Fellows in writing for 2019 and 2020.

 

Alem, Patrizia and Francesca are cleaning rooms in preparation for arrivals.  The Castle still holds its winter chill but windows have been opened and warmer temperatures are soon to arrive.

 

This period of anticipation is one of the sweetest moments in the year.  Imagining each Fellow, matching them with appropriate spaces to work and to live, familiarizing ourselves with the work they will bring with them, it is all part of the quite magical cycle of the year at Civitella. 

 

All best wishes from us all,

 

Dana

Executive Director, Dana Prescott, with Chloé at the Civitella Ranieri Center.

Photo by Chris Warde-Jones