The Umbra Institute signed an agreement with the City of Perugia recognizing Umbra’s contribution to the local cultural and economic life.
On January 19, Umbra Institute Director Charles Jarvis (in photo, right) and the City of Perugia’s Assessor of Culture, Signor Andrea Cernicchi, signed an historic accord giving the Institute use of number of the city’s most popular venues. In doing so, the City of Perugia recognized the considerable (and ever-expanding) contribution Umbra has made to the cultural fabric of an already international city, as well as the economic importance of the Institute – both in the short term of bringing in students and in the long term of popularizing Umbria and Perugia in the United States.
“This is, indeed, a momentous accomplishment for both the Institute and the City of Perugia,” said Jarvis. “For the Institute it marks one of several planned agreements with the institutions of Perugia that will help us in our educational mission to better integrate our students into Italian culture and the City of Perugia. I wish to thank those both in the Comune and in the Institute in helping make this agreement possible. In particular, a very special thank you goes to Professor Francesco Gardenghi of the Umbra Institute and to Dr. Cernicchi of the Comune of Perugia for his openess, vision and spirit of cooperation.”
The magnificent Renaissance main room of Perugia’s town hall, the Sala dei Notari, as well as a number of other meeting rooms and exhibition halls, will be available for use by the Institute. In addition to the Institute’s Orientation ceremony (already held in the Sala dei Notari), activities such as art shows and academic events can now take place in the city’s ancient rooms. Also part of the agreement was the permission for all Umbra students to visit any of Perugia’s many museums at absolutely no cost.
In photos: UI Director Charles Jarvis and the City of Perugia’s Assessor of Culture, Signor Andrea Cernicchi, sign an historic accord reinforcing an existing international relationship; some faculty and staff members were present to witness the signing of the agreement.