AAR to Close Rome Campus Early, on April 3

Color photograph of the front gates of the American Academy in Rome

Dear AAR Community:

In consideration of the safety of those residing in Rome and the institution as a whole, we have made the difficult decision to close the Academy’s campus on April 3. While the situation continues to rapidly change in both Italy and the United States, it is clear that this will continue for months. The AAR has done its best to keep the community safe in the weeks since the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy, but is no longer able to house everyone until the end of the Fellowship year. All who are able to leave before April 3 are being encouraged to do so. We will continue to support our Fellows in every way we can, including the continuation of stipends through the Fellowship period.

This global health crisis will continue to have an impact on our community and programs. As the situation develops, we will keep you and all of our constituents and friends informed as we turn our focus to the upcoming year ahead.

Many thanks to director John Ochsendorf and the management team in Rome for their extraordinary efforts in this unprecedented time, as well as for the fine work of the team in New York.


Mark Robbins,
President and CEO
American Academy in Rome

Press inquiries

Christopher Howard

Communications Manager

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c.howard [at] aarome.org

Maddalena Bonicelli

Rome Press Officer

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