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This #GivingTuesday, December 1, 2020, consider joining Friends of Civita Institute or making the gift of Membership to yourself or a friend.

#Giving Tuesday offers the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season by supporting nonprofit organizations that are meaningful to you. Friends of Civita Institute support begins with a $500 donation or a $75 donation gives the gift of Membership in the Civita Institute. You can also designate the Institute as the nonprofit of your choice to receive 0.5% of eligible purchases in the Amazon Smile program.(Note: log in to your account, then search and select "Northwest Institute for Architecture & Urban Studies in Italy” as the charity of your choice.)

Without doubt, 2020 has presented unique challenges for the Civita Institute. Like many nonprofits, we’ve missed the opportunity to gather with our Members and Friends: our Annual Fundraising Gala has been postponed until Spring 2022 and our Educational Programs in Civita that contribute nearly all annual operating costs have been postponed for eighteen months. Our facilities in Civita di Bagnoregio have been closed since March but expenses for their loving care continue.

Your all-volunteer Board of Directors has continued to meet remotely throughout this fractious year. Even as Italy struggles with its own coronavirus resurgence, we have remained connected to our friends in Civita and have featured aspects of their ‘new normal’ in our newsletters and on Facebook. We are proud to share with you some of the accomplishments that have kept us focused over the past 12 months and that continue to spark our enthusiasm about the future.

2020 Highlights:

We welcomed our 2020 fellowsBeAnne Hull, Anthony Angelilli, Angela Prosper, and Angela Brooks and Lawrence Scarpa—into the Civita Institute community at a Virtual New Fellows Welcome.

Two talented and energetic individuals—Cathy Dempsey and Erica Hanson—were selected to join the Board of Directors. Erica is our new Membership and Outreach Chair and Cathy is Chair in Training of Archives and Collections Committee. You can read more here about their backgrounds and the expertise they bring, along with other Directors, to the Civita Institute.

We formed a new committee, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), impelled by recent events and as part of our effort to embrace the challenge of actively promoting these objectives within our mission. The committee’s first task was compiling a DEI Resources page which you can view on our website. We invite you to email your favorite resources to info@civitainstitute.org

• We launched UNITI, a digital exhibition where members and supporters were invited to share their artistic expressions in images and words. “UNITI: Separate but United” offered a visual tribute to our shared experiences of Bellissima Italia during stay-at-home efforts to curb the global pandemic. “UNITI: Justice and Inclusion” challenged contributors to reflect on these essential DEI concepts.

• The Civita Institute’s rich archive of digital materials have been requested frequently this past year by authors celebrating the life and work of Astra Zarina, in various contexts. You can read more details here about the various publications and archive materials shared.

• In November, 2018 Fellow Luann Bice premiered her short film Dovuto al Tempo (“Due to Time”) whose story arc explores how the aging of Civita, the role of place, and the aging of people intersect. Close to 40 members joined via Zoom to view the 20-minute film, raise a toast, and enjoy a Q&A and conversation with Luann.

• And finally, we are thrilled to announce two new fellowships in support of the campaign to list the Cultural Landscape of Civita as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Paesaggio Culturale Italiano Fellowship will be offered to Italian nationals, and its corollary, The Cultural Landscape of the Calanchi Fellowship, will be offered to US citizens. Both will target five key components of natural and human forces in the region and are anticipated to begin in 2023–2025, assuming a successful campaign. Read the PDF describing the new fellowships here,

Thanks to the support of generous Friends and Members like you, the Civita Institute will continue its volunteerism to build cultural bridges in the region of Civita di Bagnoregio “to promote and inspire creative excellence through education, cultural exchange, and exploration of the unique qualities of Italian hill towns.”

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We could not accomplish any of this without you. We invite you to join one of our committees, to donate, and to work with us toward the time when we will again meet in person and travel to Italy.

Please consider making a #GivingTuesday contribution as part of your end-of-the-year giving plan by donating to the Civita Institute. Potential donors can also donate by mailing a check to The Civita Institute, 1326 Fifth Ave., Suite 650, Seattle, WA 98101 or via Zelle. Please email info@civitainstitute.org to receive the associated email. Thank you so much for your continued support.