Monday, August 15, 2022

Annual Membership Picnic Bigger than Ever!

It was a lovely day at Borracchini Farm over the weekend for our annual Membership picnic, thanks to all who attended! It was lovely weather, great food, and fantastic company. Thanks to SPSCA Board Member Susie for taking such fabulous photos at the event!

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Seattle Sister Cities Win International Title!

It was announced earlier this month that the Seattle Sister Cities Association (including the Seattle Perugia Sister City Association) won this year's prestigious 2022 Sister Cities International Innovation in Arts & Culture award for our Seattle Sister Cities cookbook released last year! Per the letter, "This award is in recognition of the work done by [our] organization in advancing the goals and mission of Sister Cities International."

We thank the hard-working volunteers who helped put this together, including very heavy lifting from some of our own Seattle-Perugia members. Headquartered out of Washington, D.C., the "Sister Cities International congratulates Seattle Sister Cities Association for their remarkable efforts and achievements that advance the people-to-people movement and citizen diplomacy!"

You can still pick up your copy of The International Table; Recipes from the Seattle Sister Cities, at Casa Italiana in Tukwila, WA. Thank you to all of our members and supporters who have purchased a cookbook for themselves, or as gifts already!

Friday, July 15, 2022

Migration Artwork to Perugia: Please help!

A letter from our SPSCA Board member, Roberta Torgenson:

Carissimi amici,

Please help us ship the Migration artwork to Perugia!

Aiutaci a portare le opere d’arte in Italia!

After several years of planning and preparation, we are excited about the quickly-approaching opening of the Migration Project exhibit on Saturday, September 3, 2022 at the Museo della Penna in Perugia, Italy, a joint endeavor supported by the Seattle-Perugia and Perugia-Seattle Sister City Associations, the City of Perugia, and the Palazzo della Penna Museo of Perugia.

We are sending five carefully selected and renowned Seattle artists to Perugia to exhibit their artwork alongside five accomplished Perugini artists. The artwork has been created and is ready to be packed and shipped to Italy.

As we recently began preparing the artwork shipment, we learned that our shipping sponsorship had fallen through. Subsequent to that, our research of international shipping options revealed how difficult and costly it is in this moment of ongoing impacts from the pandemic, constantly rising gas prices, and general inflation worldwide.

Now that we have all of the specifications from the artists regarding the number, size and weight of their art pieces, we face a new fundraising shortfall of about $14,500 due to the shipping costs we will now incur. This is the difference between the total updated budgeted expenses of $44, 500 and the $30,000 already raised. We are so grateful for the funds already donated. Without your tremendous help, we would not have made it this far. But now, we need additional financial support. Please help us reach this new goal.

The Migration Exhibit runs from Saturday, September 3 to Sunday, October 9, 2022. The artists will be present at the opening on Saturday, September 3. We hope you will consider traveling to Perugia yourself to see these different artistic interpretations of Migration in media ranging from light installations to paintings and sculpture!

Thank you very much for considering a contribution. Donations of any size are welcome. Time is limited as the items will be shipped at the beginning of August. We appreciate your consideration of this urgent request.

For more information and to make a donation please click on the link below.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Perugia delegation visits Seattle

We had a wonderful visit from our Perugia Delegation earlier this month: Giorgio Moretti from Antica Deruta ceramics, Professor Valerio De Cesaris and Valentina Seri from In. Relation Office at the University for Foreigners. We thank all of the people who helped plan the visit, and who assisted in greeting our visitors to make them feel at home. We appreciate, in no particular order, grazie mille a:

Casa Italiana, Il Punto, Italian Consulate for Washington, Gonzaga University, Club Alpino Italiano, Civita Institute, Pottery Northwest, Dante Alighieri Society, Italian Scholars & Scientists of ISNAF, Percorso Italiano, the University of Washington, the Italian Club of Seattle, the Megale Family, the Joudah family, the James family, Emanuele Bizzari and Caffe Umbria, our SPSCA Board, and many others

We were able to show our guests around to many places during the visit, including the University of Washington, Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square, Casa Italiana and Piazza Perugia at Julia Lee Park, and a tour of the Amazon Spheres to name a few. We very much look forward to more visits with our big 30th anniversary coming up next year!

Thursday, May 5, 2022

SPSCA 2022 Scholarship Winners Announced

After a two-year absence due to the pandemic, the SPSCA was very excited to once again solicit applications in March for scholarships to the University for Foreigners in Perugia. We were very pleased with the high caliber of applicants and as always, selecting the recipients was a challenging process for our Scholarship Committee. Our four recipients were all very enthusiastic and demonstrated an interest in, and commitment to, advancing their Italian language skills. They all exhibited a strong desire to immerse themselves in the culture and experience what the city and region have to offer. In addition, they presented their own personal and compelling commitment to support our organization’s ongoing mission.

Congratulations to our 2022 scholars: Lily Kinyon, Carla Mackey, Thorn Michaels and Dianne Riter. We look forward to sharing their experiences with you in future newsletters as they complete their one-month of study. We thank Kent Bakke, former CEO of La Marzocco, for his support of our Scholarship program this year. And we extend a special thanks to Emanuele Bizzarri and Caffe Umbria for their long-time support and commitment to this program and to the SPSCA. We are also grateful to the University for Foreigners for their collaboration and partnership in making this opportunity available through the scholarships they provide to us.