The Civita Institute inspires creative excellence through education, cultural exchange, and exploration of the unique qualities of Italian hill towns. Our historic arts and architecture-focused facilities are located in Civita di Bagnoregio, one of the most beautiful hill towns in Italy. The Civita Institute was founded on the idea that architecture and preservation, environmental stewardship, agricultural heritage and cultural exchange are all linked and that Civita, and other hill towns of Italy, provide a unique setting to experience these connections. 
 
Our Mission: To inspire and foster an interdisciplinary understanding of the unique qualities of Italian hill towns that remain pertinent to our contemporary experience, through the promotion of historic preservation, education and scholarly research, artistic creation, cultural exchange, and professional explorations.

Our Vision: Inspiring creative excellence through education, cultural exchange, and exploration of the unique qualities of Italian hill towns.

Of Historical Note: Our Mission Statement was crafted in 2007 by the late Astra Zarina, Anthony Costa Heywood, and the Board of Directors to implement the intended use of the Zarina-Heywood donation of buildings, land, furnishings, and archives by The Civita Institute, in perpetuity. In 2018, the Board also adopted a Vision Statement that is a contemporary reflection of our mission. 
 
Our Fellowships and educational programs are located at our facility in Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy. Located about 60 miles north of Rome, the Civita Institute facilities provide non-profit arts-focused studio, teaching and educational spaces for our program participants. We do not offer lodging on a commercial basis. This remarkable setting provides a unique base for our program participants to explore dozens of significant hill towns, cities and cultural sites between Rome and Florence. 
 
Working with the citizens and political leaders of Civita and the neighboring town of Bagnoregio, along with leading organizations such as the World Monuments Fund, The Civita Institute is committed to developing strategies to help stabilize and protect the fragile physical, social, and cultural underpinnings of Civita and other italian hill towns.

Board of Directors
Nancy Josephson, President
Dan Beert, Secretary
Cathy Dempsey, Treasurer
Iole Alessandrini
Stephanie Bower
Steve Butler
Stephen Day
Erica Hanson
Sharon Mentyka
Clark Pickett

Legacy Advisory Group
Steven Holl
Elaine Latourelle
Peter Steinbrueck

Photo Credits

Primary site photography by Lara Swimmer. Additional photography by Dan Corson, Stephen Day, Clair Enlow, Craig Litherland and Sharon Mentyka.