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On October 13th at the Palazzo Vecchio in the Salone dei Cinquescento will be the customary WELCOME DAY, the welcome ceremony for students of American Universities present in Florence. The Welcome Day 2015 is characterized as an authentic Tuscan welcome to the community of American students, who will be for a few months real citizens of Florence.

The co-presidents of the Tuscan American Association ONLUS, Andrea Davis and Federico Frediani, are pleased to invite you to the Welcome Day ceremony organized for American students who initiate their studies in the various universities located in Tuscany, which will be held Tuesday, October 13 at 5:00 pm in the Salone dei 500 of Palazzo Vecchio. Among the Association’s main objectives is enhancing cultural exchanges between Tuscany and the United States, and the ceremony is among the events that are organized each year with much success.  Opening remarks will be made by the Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella, the Consul General  of the United States of America in Florence Ms. Abigail M. Rupp, as well as by the two Co-Presidents. A dance performance will be offered by the Florence Dance Company under the artistic direction of Keith Ferrone and Marga Nativo.

This will be followed by the ceremony for the Tuscan American Award, given each year on the occasion of Welcome Day to two award recipients, one Tuscan and the other American, who have contributed significantly to further develop the ties of friendship and exchange between the United States and Tuscany. This year’s award recipients are Marco Carrai, President of Toscana Aeroporti SpA,  above all for the work done to reinforce the  local airport system, which is not only strengthening travel between Tuscany and the United States but the entire local economy as well, and Joseph S. Sheppard, an American artist, for his contribution as a sculptor and painter residing in Pietrasanta in creating a bridge between the artistic worlds of Tuscany and the United States, among others by numerous works in both places. A special award will be given to the Biagiotti Progetto Arte Foundation of Carole and Caterina Biagiotti, for its work promoting young emerging artists and contemporary art in Florence and in the United States.

Following will be remarks by Sandro Mencucci, Executive Managing Director of ACF Fiorentina, who will introduce the new Serie A female soccer team (“Fiorentina Women’s Football Club”),  and a closing number of the Florence Dance Company.


Palazzo Vecchio Salone dei Cinquecento

5:00 pm – Opening and public seating

5:15 pm - Opening remarks by the two Co-Presidents of the Tuscan American Association Onlus, Andrea L. Davis and Federico Frediani

5:25 pm - Remarks by the Mayor of Florence, Mr. Dario Nardella

5:35 pm - Remarks by the Consul General of the United States in Florence, Ms. Abigail M. Rupp

5:45 pm - Dance performance offered by the Florence Dance Company with an introduction by its co-artistic directors Keith Ferrone and Marga Nativo

6:10 pm - Presentation of the Tuscan American Award.  Award presented by Consul General Rupp to Mr. Marco Carrai, President of Toscana Aeroporti SpA

6:20 pm - Award presented by Mayor Nardella to the American artist Mr. Joseph S. Sheppard

6:30 pm  - A special recognition will be given to the Fondazione Biagiotti Progetto Arte, to be accepted by its President and co-artistic director Caterina Biagiotti

6:40 pm - Remarks by Mr. Sandro Mencucci, Executive Managing Director of ACF Fiorentina, who will introduce the new Serie A female soccer team, the “Fiorentina Women’s Football Club”.

7:00 pm - Closing number of the Florence Dance Company

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