2020 Annual Fundraiser

Due to public health concerns, The Civita Institute is rescheduling our Legacy of Cultural Exchange annual fundraiser in Seattle from March 21 to a future date to be announced.

We feel that now is not the time to host the big and boisterous celebration that we were planning in order to bring people together from all over the region and, indeed, from many states.

We will be in direct contact with everyone who has pre-purchased tickets. We regret any inconvenience this may cause, and we appreciate your understanding. We look forward to seeing you all at our rescheduled Legacy event at a date to be announced soon. If you have any questions, please email us at info@civitainstitute.org

Thank you for your continued support. Viva l'Italia!

Join us for our 2020 Annual Fundraiser celebrating
a Legacy of Cultural Exchange

Afternoon Seminars: $50 per person
Evening Event: $100 per person

Imagine two pillars standing tall, separated by the space of time. One pillar embodies the life and work of Latvian-born American/Italian architect, teacher, and co-founder of The Civita Institute, Astra Zarina (1929-2008). The other represents the 35+ years of exploration and cultural exchange of the Civita Institute that continues Zarina’s legacy and is realized by our fellows, programs and supporters.

The keystone between these two pillars of our legacy remains the same—the Civita Institute’s mission to study and explore the relevance of hill towns to contemporary experience through artistic creation, scholarly research, historic preservation, and other professional pursuits based at our historic facilities in Civita di Bagnoregio.

Special features of the evening:

 Seattle debut of the video "Astra Zarina in Civita" — The three-part video, documenting Zarina’s childhood, life and decades of work, historic preservation and collaboration in revitalizing the internationally-renowned hill town of Civita di Bagnoregio, will run simultaneously throughout the evening. 

The video, designed by Clark Pickett with concept development by Olson Kundig, is part of an exhibition designed by Iole Alessandrini with translation services by Cinzia Rocchi and project management and coordination by Nancy Josephson, in collaboration within collaboration with the Civita Institute, the Comune di Bagnoregio, and the Museo Geologico e delle Frane that opened in the Palazzo Alemanni in Civita in 2019. Read more about the project here.

 Series of short PechaKucha type presentations will illuminate how our mission is exemplified today, in tangible ways, concluding with a video of Maurizio Rocchi, native of Civita and chef of the famed restaurant Alma Civita, sharing his perspective of the value of cultural exchange. Watch for more specifics on the presentations, including which seminars will be offering AIA Continuing Education credits.

 Enjoy antipasti home-made by the Directors of the Board and volunteers, taste Italian wines, 
or savor a Negroni.

One lucky Raffle winner will enjoy a one-week stay at our facilities in Civita, that includes a two-hour historical and anthropological tour from native Cinzia Rocchi, wine-tasting, and a dinner for two at Alma Civita—valued at $1,200!

• Prior to our evening celebration, we will again be offering a series of five all-new Continuing Education seminars11:30-5pm also at the DLR Group. New this year are presentations by returning Fellows Laura Bartunek, Jean Hicks, and Taehyung Kim, as well as talks by architects Bill LaPatra and Stephen Day.
Visit our 2020 Continuing Education page here for all the details. The Civita institute is an AIA Continuing Education System Provider.

DLR Group is located at 51 University St, #600, Seattle