A Letter from the Director

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

Photo by Chris Warde-Jones

 

August 27, 2018

 

Dear Civitellians,

 

I write to you mid-season at Civitella where Group 3 has settled in, studios are humming with activity, strains of piano fill the air, and writers perch here and there on the Russian Terrace, in the Secret Garden, and under the Gazebo.  Our daily rhythms of work are interrupted only by the meowing of yet another stray kitten abandoned here (for whom we found a good home), an occasional excursion, or the evening dinner at 7:30 pm.


We are blessed by an extraordinary group of Fellows who work hard, laugh easily, and share their enthusiasms.  Tomorrow evening after dinner we will meet to discuss favorite poems, favorite songs, and why poetry is so relevant and essential in today's world.  Public presentations and lectures fill the calendar as well as upcoming trips now in the planning stage.


Behind the scenes the New York office sends out grant applications, accepts and acknowledges donations, prepares Fellows for upcoming stays, and sends out information on our ever growing Winter Session.  Wherever you are, Civitellians, think about a return to Umbria in the winter months when this landscape is so vibrant and the quiet is so condusive to long productive days of work.


We look forward to welcoming you back to Civitella!

Best wishes,
Dana

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

Photo by Chris Warde-Jones