SACI Students decorate Figline Valdarno Hospital
During December 2012, SACI’s Fresco class, along with instructor Mario Passavanti, donated time and creative energy to decorating the walls of the new radiology ward in the Hospital of Figline Valdarno, a town just outside of Florence. This project was part of the Community Involvement program which has led to SACI students decorating the wards of many hospitals in and around Florence. To read more on this initiative, view the SACI ART BLOG. For more images, please visit our Flickr account.
SACI Congratulates Kelly Bryden
SACI is pleased to announce that Kelly Bryden (Spring 2012) is this year's winner of the Clayton Hubbs Community Service Award. This $250 prize is awarded each year to honor SACI students who, like the late SACI trustee emeritus Dr. Clayton Hubbs, made special efforts during their period abroad to connect with-and benefit-members of the local community. Kelly helped the instructors at the Nencioni Elementary School to teach English to the children. One of the instructors said, “Kelly is really on the ball, full of initiative, and has a sunny and playful disposition. She likes to ask, learn, and make suggestions. I commend her, as do my colleagues, the parents, and, most importantly, the children."
Giving Back to Florence
One of SACI's missions is to help insert students into a variety of social and humanitarian programs, a helpful, yet gratifying, way to interact with the Florentine community. It is wonderful to see how many SACI students give back to Florence by volunteering their time and talents. In addition to decorating hospital wards with their artwork, students, under the guidance of SACI Student Affairs Coordinator Chiara Tolleri, serve as tour guides in Florence's major churches, teach English to immigrants, volunteer their time at the Children's Lending Library, and help Italian elementary school children improve their comprehension of English. Jessica Manning (Fall 2011) offered her time to the Italian community by teaching English to children at the Gaetana Agnesi Elementary School. Jessica describes her experience as a great opportunity for an Education major. "I saw the best of Italy through the children of Florence."
Presentation of Tabernacle Restored by SACI Students
On January 27, 2010, the tabernacle Sacred Family by Giovanni di San Giovanni, recently restored by SACI students under the direction of SACI Mural Conservation instructor Daniela Murphy Corella, was blessed at its site in Via Palazzuolo 89. Immediately afterwards, there was a presentation of the completed restoration project inside the Parrocchia di Santa Lucia su Prato, with opening remarks by Cristina Acidini, Soprintendente del Polo Museale Fiorentino, and SACI President Mary Beckinsale. The restoration of this beautiful tabernacle was made possible thanks to the authorization of the Soprintendenza Speciale per il Patrimonio Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantropologico e per il Polo Museale della città di Firenze (under the direction of Dr. Anna Bisceglia), and the wonderful communal sponsorship efforts of the Comitato Quartiere di Via Palazzuolo e Strade Limitrofi, the Comitato per il restauro e il decoro dei Tabernacoli, Amici dei Musei Fiorentini, Albergatori per Firenze, and the Palazzo dei Cartelloni ONLUS.