The International center for the Arts

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Founded 2015
Lexington, SC. USA , Italy


ICA residencies are open to creative individuals and scholars from across the disciplinary spectrum of the visual and performing arts, literature, and all areas of the humanities. They are available on a weekly basis, ranging from as little as one week to as long as three months. Our residencies are family-friendly and ICA provides many options for accommodation of spouses or partners, family members and children, with a range of activities for those guests not participating in the Residency program. ICA Residencies are all-inclusive and provide: airport transfer from the Rome (Fiumicino) Airport, airport welcome and departure service, double or single accommodation (private apartments are available for an additional fee), three chef-catered meals per day, private studio space, one excursion per week to cities such as Rome and Florence, and ongoing bilingual support 24/7. Facilities for drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, and photography are available.

Local Information

Our facilities are housed in historic stone buildings located in the beautifully preserved Umbrian hill town of Monte Castello di Vibio. Here, the mountaintop setting provides spectacular panoramas of the Tiber valley and nearby mountains. This beautiful and inspiring location provides clarity of mind that facilitates productivity and depth of thought. In this ancient community, the experience of being in a place that seems to exist outside of time creates an atmosphere that is itself conducive to growth and learning. In this, the community also offers a unique immersion into traditional Italian culture that few visitors to Italy experience. It is a safe and friendly place, with no vehicular traffic, and violent crime is unknown. Our residents appreciate the freedom of access to their studio space 24/7 as well as the peace of mind that they are free to wander the medieval stone streets any time of the day or night.

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