Dates: May 18 – 25, 2017

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Program Coordinators: : Angela Ellsworth ( and Tania Katan (

Price: $2950 per person for eight days. Includes ALL meals, materials, instruction, ground transportation from/to Florence Airport, day trip to Siena, one-year membership to the Spannocchia Foundation, and beautiful accommodations (double occupancy with private bath) in the Villa of Castello di Spannocchia. Airfare not included.
Telephone: 213.820.2606.

Preferred contact method: email

Topography of Memory is an eight-day workshop focusing on Writing, Walking and Drawing led by artist Angela Ellsworth and writer Tania Katan at the celebrated organic agricultural estate Tenuta di Spannocchia just south of Siena, Italy. Workshop participants explore personal and cultural histories by navigating the possibilities of line. Moving pencil across a piece of paper, inscribing text in a notebook, and walking lines in the landscape. In addition to group writing, walking and drawing exercises, Angela and Tania are available to meet individually and offer feedback/guidance on your creative writing, visual art, and performance projects.

Coordinator Biography(ies):

Angela Ellsworth is an Associate Professor in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. She has a BA from Hampshire College, and MFA from Rutgers University and attended Skowhegan on a fellowship. As an interdisciplinary artist her work traverses the boundaries of drawing, installation and performance. With these disciplines she explores how art merges with everyday life. She has received several grants for her work including Arizona Commission on the Arts, Art Matters, Franklin Furnace, Surdna Art Teachers Fellowship, Contemporary Forum Materials Grant, and New Forms Regional Initiative Grants through The Andy Warhol Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation. Most recently she founded the Museum of Walking located in Arizona.

Tania Katan is an author, playwright and performer and is Curator of Performing Arts at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Her memoir My One-Night Stand With Cancer is the winner of the 2006 Judy Grahn Award, 2006 ALA’s Stonewall Book Award honoree, and 2006 Lambda Literary Award finalist. Rock-n-Roller Melissa Etheridge said, “This book rocks! It’s passionate, playful, and downright beautiful.” Tania has been performing a stage version of the book in such prestigious venues as ACT, The Painted Bride Art Center, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Katan can also be seen on the Comedy Central Stage with Sit-n-Spin. She is a guest speaker at universities like Loyola Marymount, University of Connecticut, CCA, and others. Her work has been written about in The New York Times, Library Journal, Running Times, DIVA, The Scotsman, and other publications.