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SACI Founder Jules Maidoff Awarded Prestigious Tuscan American Award

Jules Maidoff, SACI's Founder and President Emeritus, will receive the Tuscan American Award and be honored at an upcoming ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

SACI Founder Jules Maidoff has been awarded the prestigious Tuscan American Award for enhancing relations between the United States and Tuscany through his contribution to the art world and for founding SACI, whose reputation in Florence as a center for artistic excellence continues to grow.

The TAA Award Ceremony will be held on March 5, 2019 at 5 pm in the Salone dei Cinquecento of Palazzo Vecchio (where Leonard’s Battle of Anghiari is thought to be hidden and where scenes from the movie Inferno with Tom Hanks were shot). The U.S. Consul General Benjamin Wohlauer and the Vice Mayor of Florence Cristina Giachi will be present to honor Jules for his contribution as an artist, for his founding of SACI, and for SACI’s many collaborations with Italian institutions. SACI President Steven Brittan, an alumnus who was mentored by Jules, will speak about Jules’ many contributions. Following Mr. Brittan's introduction, Jules will give a visual presentation of his career as an artist, his founding of SACI, and SACI's contributions to the community. The intent of this award ceremony it to expose students who are studying in Tuscany to positive role models who are dedicated to building bridges between the Italian and U.S. culture.

The ceremony will be held in English, and is open to all American College and University programs in Florence and to the general public. The SACI community and students from other American university programs will be in attendance, as well as Italian dignitaries and the general public. 

The award ceremony will be followed by a reception nearby. 

Show your support for Jules and SACI by attending the ceremony! SACI students are asked to please sign up at the front desk in Palazzo dei Cartelloni. Faculty, staff, and friends are requested to RSVP here.

Tuscan American Award Ceremony 2019

Salone de’500, Palazzo Vecchio Firenze
March 5, 2019 at 5 pm

5:00pm - Welcoming remarks by the U.S. Consul General in Florence Benjamin Wohlauer, the Vice-Mayor of Florence Cristina Giachi, and the co-presidents of the Tuscan American Association Andrea Davis and Maurizio Mancianti

5:15pm - Testimonial for the 2019 American award recipient Jules Maidoff – Steven Brittan, former student and current President of SACI

5:20pm - Reading of motivation while award is given by the Vice-Major Cristina Giachi to Jules Maidoff,

5:25pm - Media presentation by Jules Maidoff

5:40pm - Testimonial by former student Robert Shackelford for Jules Maidoff, and introductory testimonial for the Help the Children project

5:45pm - Testimonial for the 2019 Italian award recipient Chiara Azzari – (member of her team at Meyer Pediatric Hospital)

5: 50pm - Reading of motivation while award is given by the Consul General Benhamin Wohlauer to Chiara Azzari

5:55pm - Video presentation by Chiara Azzari

6:10pm - Closing remarks, invitation to reception at the Zeffirelli Museum

About the Tuscan American Award

The Tuscan American Association, presided by its co-presidents Andrea L. Davis and Maurizio Mancianti, together with the US Consulate in Florence, holds an annual ceremony, which is an important institutional event organized with the City of Florence, to attribute the Tuscan American Award, given to two award recipients, one Tuscan and the other American, who have contributed significantly to further developing the ties of friendship and exchange between the United States and Tuscany. The Tuscan American Award is also intended as an opportunity to present persons or entities who are positive role models for the many American students studying abroad in Tuscany.


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