A summer in Florence – Fourteen U.S. students to discover the cradle of the Renaissance

Students re-enact The Last Supper, painting by Leonardo Da Vinci
 
An essay on the Renaissance to fly to Florence and study the Italian history: it’s the initiative promoted by The Palazzo Strozzi Foundation USA, which has recently announced the winners of the Los Angeles edition.
 
Ambitious 11th grade participants with a passion for the Italian culture chose between three essay questions; fourteen of them have now been selected for an unforgettable experience in Italy, where they will also visit Milan, Rome and Venice.
 
The initiative was launched in New York in 2010, but in L.A. it’s at its first edition, and it has already received a great response. The competition required no previous expertise on the Renaissance other than what the students have learned in European history; their work was examined and judged by The Foundation’s Scientific Committee.
 
Brian Kim from the Ambassador School of Global Leadership and Valentina Dibs, Hannah Lansill and José Lopez from the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts are now ready to spend the month of July in Florence, enthusiastic and aware of the incredible opportunity they have been given.
They all were officially acknowledged at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, which supported the initiative with the Consulate General of Italy and Bank of America. “A remarkable initiative”, commented Consul General Giuseppe Perrone, “that strengthens students’ interest for a very important component of the Italian culture”.
 
Established in 2010 to support the cultural activities of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, the USA Foundation’s mission is to preserve the values of openness and creativity of the Renaissance, one of the pillars of the Enlightenment and of modern Western societies. With this Award the Foundation aims at expanding the knowledge of Renaissance to young students.
 
“We are honored to be able to provide this extraordinary opportunity for these exceptional eleventh graders on the threshold of their college applications,” said Mario Calvo-Platero, Chairman of the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation USA. “They will return home with their Common Application essay for college admissions completed and will be given a Certificate of Completion by the Foundation to supplement their college applications.”  For all of them, this will be a life changing experience.
 

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