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The Story of Sebastiano by Thomas Allsopp - ORDER NOW!
Civita Institute Fellow Thomas Allsopp is making the first printed edition of his book "The Story of Sebastiano", the result of his 2014 Fellowship, available exclusively to our Civita Institute family!  The book is handwritten, gorgeously illustrated, fun, printed, like the original, on two sides of one long folded page, and comes bound in a handsome stenciled paper sleeve. It is perfect for gift giving. All proceeds support the Civita Institute. Thank you Thomas for this incredible gift! Allsopp reports he was compelled to apply for the Fellowship when the vivid and insistent character Sebastiano, a young boy who grew up in Civita, awoke inside him and flatly demanded Thomas take him to Civita and tell his story to children everywhere. Once in Civita, Sebastiano sprang to life and spilled out all along one long page and then back around the other side. The story elegantly and evocatively pinpoints those key details that together give the reader, especially children, the ability to sense life in this remarkable and beloved little town. ORDER NOW!  Supplies are limited. Each special first edition book is available for a $50 donation which includes shipping and handling. Please order by contacting Jim Corey at james.corey@civitainstitute.org and provide: 1) the number of books desired, and 2) the mailing address to which you'd like them sent. Donations may be made at our Donation page: http://www.civitainstitute.org/1468/donate.html

Thank you Thomas and Sebastiano!

 

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It is our distinct pleasure to announce the Civita Institute's Northeast Chapter has chosen its first three Fellows!  More information is coming soon... 

 

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ANNOUNCING AN EXCITING NEW CIVITA INSTITUTE-BASED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM CREATED BY FELLOW ANITA LEHMANN:

the Depictive and the Evocative: Civita 2016
An Exploratory Drawing Workshop in Italy
The Civita Institute, Civita di Bagnoregio
November 3 - November 10, 2016
Instructor: Anita H. Lehmann, Civita Institute Fellow (2013), renowned artist and architect

This unique workshop, in this incomparable Italian hilltown, is about drawing, sketching and painting places, spaces and objects, focusing on the contextual environment of Civita di Bagnoregio and its surroundings - to learn about the "power of place" through drawing.

A small group of 6-8 participants will ensure plenty of one-on-one learning, lessons, critiques and demos.  Living in this ancient place, in restored historic dwellings, connects heightened learning with a remarkable setting and immersive experiences.

For more information on this wonderful opportunity, please go to http://anitahlehmannteacher.com/civita-workshop/

 

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Fellow Stephanie Bower's "A Walking Guide to the Architecture of Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy" is available for download by clicking here.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW FELLOWS:  2016 Astra Zarina Fellow:  Robert Campbell; 2016 Civita Institute Fellows:  Trish Borden and Katherine Wright

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WATCH the PBS NewsHour “Culture at Risk” episode featuring Civita we helped arrange and which aired October 27:  http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/picture-perfect-italian-town-thats-crumbling-cliff/.  Be patient with the intro ad...

 

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Please join our Family!  Become a Member, Fellow, Resident, Educational Program leader or student, Chapter, Sponsor, Board Director, or otherwise work with us to figure out your role in this fantastic adventure of saving an ancient hill town in old Italia.  It is imperative we get as many people as possible to go live in and experience this town and return home to share and live what they learned. We have the houses perched on the cliff. Do you have a vision? We invite you to join us.  Check out:  Civita di Bagnoregio.

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From Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association, by Rita Cipalla  

"Civita di Bagnoregio is one of the most beautiful hill towns in Italy. Located about 60 miles north of Rome, this stunning gem has escaped the modern age mostly because of its topography. Its buildings, public spaces and overall ambience retain much of their medieval or renaissance flair.

It is no surprise that an international organization devoted to the relationship between art, architecture, environmental stewardship, agricultural heritage and cultural exchange bears its name. The Civita Institute, formerly known as the Northwest Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Italy, celebrates all that is precious and unique about Civita di Bagnoregio and encourages the exploration of this and other historically significant towns and sights in Italy.

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La missione del NIAUSI:  L'istituto civita esiste per ispirare e promuovere l'eccellenza del design attraverso l'educazione e lo scambio culturale tra gli Stati Uniti e l'Italia.

The Civita Institute exists to inspire and promote design excellence through education and cultural exchange between the United States and Italy.

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Check out the Museo Naturalistico Lubriano website and visit it if you're in the area! http://www.museolubriano.com/ 

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Award winning documentary filmmaker and Civita Institute Resident Natalie Reusss is in post production of her film:  Civita:   An Italian Hill Town.  Please visit her website at: http://nataliereuss.nyc/      

Natalie Reuss website