A Letter from the Director

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

Photo by Chris Warde-Jones

 

January, 2017

 

Dear Civitellians,
What a difficult time to be an American immersed in a world arena! As I travel back and forth between the United States and Italy and head out on special travel to identify nominators, resources, and contacts for Civitella Ranieri Foundation with relative ease, I find myself more and more perplexed and angry over the latest Executive decision on immigration.

 

Our country is suffering because of a leadership of isolationism - one that is based on and desires to perpetuate a lack of exposure and experience to otherness. I am distressed for so many of our Fellows and Director's Guests who have spoken at Civitella about the importance of accessibility, freedom of speech, and the value of travel and mobility. The future and the welfare of so many Civitellians is at stake and this recent decision by President Trump raises more uncertainty, more limitations, and less of an opportunity for so many citizens, including writers, composers, and visual artists to share their work and their understanding of the world. Artists are the lifeblood of the world and of civilization. Our artists need to be supported, not banned from entry or return at borders. The work of places like Civitella has never been more important and I am grateful to each and everyone of you who will take a stand, support our mission, cross boundaries and borders, nurture honest conversation and a sharing of experiences. This is the work of Civitella, and it has never been needed more.

 

Dana

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

Photo by Chris Warde-Jones