What's up with WTI: Editorial # 113

Mar 15, 2019 350

Ciao from Rome to all the friends of We the Italians!

Last February 15 I’ve had the honor to attend in Florence to the first event of #200together, the cycle of events organized to celebrate the 200 years of diplomatic relations between Tuscany and the United States. The American Consul in Florence Mr. Benjamin Wohlauer introduced the audience with a brief explanation of the events. He also accepted to be one of our interviewees for the current year! Stay tuned, there’ll be more about this.

On February 25 We the Italians went to Umbria, for the press conference of the restitution to the people of Umbria of nine artworks damaged by the 2018 earthquake. We the Italians helped the Italian American Museum of New York and its founder and President Dr. Joseph Scelsa, who raised the funds, to allocate them helping restoring four important artworks with a particular significance to the people of Umbria. They are: Crucifix, Church of S. Pellegrino, Norcia (Perugia); Altarpiece, Madonna of Costantinopoli, Museum of The Abbey of Sant'Eutizio, Piedivalle, Preci (Perugia); Tabernacle, Saint Benedetto’s Church (crypt), Norcia (Perugia); Altarpiece (frame), Museum of the Abbey of S. Eutizio, Piedivalle, Preci (Perugia).

The press conference was held in Santo Chiodo, Umbria, the place where 6,500 artworks have been stored, all damaged, just from one single valley: 6,500 pieces (six thousands five hundreds). We the Italians is willing to do more, so if anyone of our readers is interested to help restore a few other art pieces, please contact us at info@wetheitalians.com. None of this would have been possible without the help of the Cultura Italiae Association and the Città d’Italia Foundation, partners with We the Italians in this project: in the photo together with me you have from left to right Ledo Prato (Fondazione Città d'Italia), Angelo Argento (Associazione Cultura Italiae), Alberto Improda (Fondazione Città d'Italia). These friends have done and are doing an amazing job at helping promoting, restoring, enhancing Italian art and culture. We are so proud of being friends and partners with them! 

 We’d like to remember you that the new book by We the Italians, the Yearbook of 2018, has been released: you can find it here. In 2018 we interviewed 26 leaders, 26 friends who gave us 26 different views about 24 different topics of the relation between Italy and the US. History, education, Little Italy, sport, language, research, emigration, culture, gardening, food, art, advertising, heritage, entertainment, family, science, Christopher Columbus: in this yearbook you will find all these topics, and much more.

As you know, starting last February every month on this editorial we’ll be remembering you an Italian proverb, starting every month with a different letter of the Italian alphabet. This month the letter is “B” and the proverb of the month of March 2019 is: Batti il ferro finchè è caldo (Strike while the iron is hot). It means that you gotta take advantage of the circumstances as long as they are favorable and avoid missing a good opportunity.

That’s all for now. So stay tuned, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride. The future’s so bright, we gotta wear shades!

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