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B.A.C.A.S. (borghi antichi cultura arti scienze)

BACAS is a center for culture, arts and science founded in New York City, with its home in a medieval hilltop town in the Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni in Southern Italy -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Our mission is to encourage and sustain interdisciplinary collaborations between established, mid-career, and emerging artists and scholars from all over the world, and to broaden the dialogue between America and Italy in the less familiar and often overlooked Southern Italy. We offer short and long-term residencies and fellowships, and curate exhibitions, workshops, and symposia.

Believing that the significant contributions of artists and scholars with distinguished careers can stir the work of those who have yet to be fully recognized for what they do, BACAS aims to ferment artistic and intellectual interactions across stages of careers, genres, and disciplines.

Immersed in our setting, rich with historical significance and natural beauty, BACAS artists and scholars have space and time to work undisturbed, in solitude and/or in collaboration with others, to create lasting works of imagination and ingenuity.

For never yet has any man rowed past this isle
in his black ship until he has heard the sweet voice from our lips.
Nay, he has joy of it, and goes his way a wiser man.
— the Sirens along the Cilento Coast in Homer's THE ODYSSEY