Splendor of Florence: Artists & Artisans of the Medici
Provided comprehensive marketing, management, fundraising and event implementation services to produce this unique festival celebrating Philadelphia's first, and oldest, Sister City relationship. Co-hosted by the Mayors of both cities, the festival brought artistic and cultural treasures from the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance to Philadelphia. Participants from Florence were paired with their Philadelphia counterparts to provide a cross-cultural and educational exchange. Highlights included an exhibit from the Uffizi Gallery hosted by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Florentine artisans demonstrating handcrafting techniques in bogattas constructed in Dilworth Plaza; a myriad of food and wine events held in a trattoria erected on the Plaza; tours and curricula for students from the Philadelphia School District and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia; a student exchange program between the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole and the Curtis Institute of Music; an exhibit of museum-quality items from famous Florentine designers (Gucci, Pucci, etc.) at Philadelphia International Airport and much, much more.