The Northeast Chapter

Astra Zarina brought forth programs in Civita di Bagnoregio and Rome, infused with her dynamism as a teacher and Italy's natural and built beauty, that have profoundly influenced her students wherever we have settled throughout the United States including the Northeast region that gives our chapter its name.
Understanding and recognizing how she and these extraordinary places changed our lives, the Northeast Chapter will further the mission and goals of the Civita Institute while geographically diversifying its essential support and the opportunities which can be offered.  Together, we are beginning by creating and administering annual Fellowships, and hoping to launch additional programs and activities both in Italy and the United States.  We openly and warmly welcome your support and involvement.
Founding members of the Northeast Chapter include: Norma Barbacci, Gwen Conners, Robert Maulden, and Renee Sandoz Whitehead. We are truly excited and honored to have such a passionate, talented, and dedicated group of supporters join us in fulfilling, and expanding access to, our mission. Benvenuti in Famiglia Northeast Chapter!  For additional information, please email:

Sempre caro mi fu quest’ermo colle”  — Leopardi, "L'Infinito"