Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Call for artists goes out

Le Arti della Festa Italiana has just submitted its call for artists. The juried exhibit will be part of Festa Italiana, held this year on Sept. 23-24. The art show will be prominently featured in the Seattle Armory Building on the grounds of Seattle Center.

Le Arti organizers are seeking original two- and three-dimensional art, from photography to pastels to sculpture. This is the fifth year that the art exhibit has been part of the Festa Italiana weekend.

More Information about the event and an application to submit your work of art is now available. (Photo, left, by Cara Kennedy)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Four members awarded scholarships

Four members were selected to receive scholarships at the renowned University for Foreigners (Universita per Stranieri) in Perugia. This year's recipients are: Helen Williams-Ginsberg, Lucia Lanzolla, Debbie Lawson and Jen Provenzano.

The awardees comes from all walks of life and each brings her own talents and interests to the table. One young woman is a student at the University of Washington and part-time barista. Another is a retired professor of French Language and Literature. The third is a jewelry designer, and the fourth recipient works for an international insurance company.

What they have in common is a strong desire to improve their language skills, experience another culture close-up and contribute to the global community. Each recipient expresses an interest in strengthening ties between the two sister cities. "As an Italian American, I feel I can contribute significantly to the culture of the group," said Provenzano."Since I started studying Italian, I'm constantly seeking out ways to learn more, by volunteering with SPSCA, organizing study sessions and outings with fellow students, and following several Italians living in Italy on Instagram."

Recipient Williams-Ginsberg also looks forward to making connections with students and educators. "As a retired professor, I believe I would be well placed to make connections with both the learning environment and the community at large," said Williams-Ginsberg. "I've heard so much about the beautiful city of Perugia through my teachers and colleagues, and I know it will be a fabulous experience to visit and study there."

Each scholarship recipient receives one month of tuition plus a stipend to help defray the cost of room, board or travel. Lucia Lanzolla was named the 2016 Hans Lehmann Scholar. Dr. Lehmann was a driving force behind creation of the Seattle-Perugia sister city relationship. Jen Provenzano  is the 2016 Caffe Umbria Scholar, thanks to the generous sponsorship of an annual scholarship by locally owned Caffe Umbria.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Piazza Perugia to become a reality

Our long-time members know we've worked for years to find suitable park space that could be dedicated to our sister city relationship. We are pleased to announce that our hard work is paying off.

Thanks to the commitment of Mayor Ed Murray and former board president Mike James, Piazza Perugia will become a reality in 2017.

A section of Julia Lee's Park, located at East Harrison Street and Marin Luther King Way S, in Madison Valley, has been designated Piazza Perugia. We have commissioned L'Antica Deruta, a ceramics studio outside Perugia under the artistic director of Giorgio Moretti, to create ceramic art for the circulate bench at the center of the Piazza. The Moretti work will incorporate traditional Umbrian designs, including the Perugino griffin (an ancient symbol of the city and used in our sister city logo).

There will be a dedication ceremony later this year. Details to be announced, so check this blog as well as our Facebook page for details when they become available.

SPSCA 2023 Scholarship Recipients Announced

In February 2023, SPSCA solicited applications from our members for scholarships to the University for Foreigners in Perugia. And we were delighted to have had an amazing pool – and record number – of scholarship applications this year. The passion expressed for Italian language and culture, and experiencing Perugia, made the selection process very challenging. Our four recipients were all very enthusiastic and demonstrated an interest in, and commitment to, advancing their Italian language skills. They all also exhibited a strong desire to immerse themselves in the culture, and experience what Perugia and the region of Umbria have to offer. In addition, they presented their own personal and compelling commitment to support our organization’s ongoing mission.

Congratulations to our 2023 scholars who will have the opportunity for one month of study at the Universita’ per Stranieri in Perugia: Rebecca Albiani, Heather Battaglia, Emma Craig, and Winson Law. Throughout the year we will report on their individual experiences on our social platforms and in future newsletters. We extend a special thanks to Emanuele Bizzarri and Caffe Umbria for their long-time support and commitment to this program, and to our organization. We are also grateful to the Universita’ per Stranieri for their collaboration and partnership in making this opportunity available through the scholarships they provide to us.

We thank all of you who applied and encourage you – and all our members – to participate in La Tavola Italiana Virtuale to continue your language practice, participate in our events, become involved in our organization, and/or apply next year for a scholarship.

The 49th Annual Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)

The 49th annual Seattle International Film Festival runs in person May 11–21, 2023 taking Seattle moviegoers on a cinematic odyssey at venues across the city, followed by a week of select films streaming on the SIFF Channel May 22–28. This year five Italian films are featured. Click here to learn more.

For information on all films and to purchase tickets go to: We hope to see you at the movies!