A Letter from the Director

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

Photo by Chris Warde-Jones

 

February, 2017

 

Dear Civitellians,

 

A mild winter has settled over Civitella and many of our days are filled with mist, fog, and scattered clouds.  This is perfect hiking weather, apart from a bit of mud clinging to the soles of our shoes.  The trees are bare, hunting season is over, and there is little more satisfying than kicking aside damp leaves as one approaches Civitella’s gravel walkways.

 

As a staff in Italy, we are enjoying the company of our winter guests while catching up on the many projects at hand.  Diego and I are making proposals for 2019 for the Foundation’s 25th anniversary and are assigning spaces to the first groups of 2018.  As always we spend days reviewing the handbook and orientation guide, responding to questions from newly nominated candidates, and checking up on repairs and maintenance to be done over these winter months.  In New York, an occasional reading program is underway with brilliant alumni, Board materials are being prepared for our meetings, and the website is soon to be re-vamped and updated.

 

At the heart of all we do, east or west, at the Castle or in the Tribeca offices, is the awareness of you, our international community of artists, writers, and composers.  We envision your needs and questions, evaluating how to best provide the time and space needed to get on with the work at hand.  It’s a blessed period of happy anticipation, imagining Fellows in their spaces, music flowing out of piano studios, writers perched at desks or in the gardens, and visual artists nesting in new studios.

 

With many thanks for all you do for Civitella,

 

Dana

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

Photo by Chris Warde-Jones