An International Team
Conceived by visual artist Kristin Jones, Tevereterno is a New York-based non-profit organization that brings free cultural programming and site-specific artistic projects to the heart of historic Rome as part of a comprehensive urban place-making initiative conducted in partnership with institutional, governmental, and community partners. Toward this end, Jones also founded Associazione Tevereterno Onlus – a volunteer nonprofit association of creative professionals from the diverse fields of the arts, architecture, urban planning, and cultural economics based in in Rome, Italy, that conducts community outreach, educational programming, and urban planning initiatives focused on Rome’s Tiber River.
Though both founded by Jones, the two organizations each govern and finance themselves independently, advancing their shared vision by different means, while partnering to promote joint initiatives with the ultimate goal of revitalizing Rome’s urban waterfront.
In the United States, Tevereterno is a nonprofit organization operating under the fiscal sponsorship of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt charitable organization. Tevereterno works year-round to create, curate, and produce the annual artistic programming that has shaped and now defines Piazza Tevere, our adopted site on the Tiber River. Since 2005, Tevereterno has produced educational programs and cultural events drawing tens of thousands, celebrating the site and its context through vibrant contemporary art, including original works by some of the world’s most renowned living artists—including William Kentridge, Jenny Holzer, Nico Muhly, Alvin Curran, Roberto Catani, David Monacchi, Steve Reich, and Kiki Smith. This programming is at the heart of our long-term vision for the Tiber, building upon urban planner William Whyte’s groundbreaking research, which demonstrates that the single most important factor—nearly 80%—in the success of a public space (as measured by public use) is not infrastructure or architecture but programming.
Now, following over a decade of onsite cultural programming, Piazza Tevere is recognized as the premiere stage for contemporary art on the city’s urban waterfront—the cornerstone of a place-making project for Rome’s Tiber River. Our commitment to free, public programming and our adoption of Piazza Tevere, a grand-scale public site in the center of historic Rome, provide us the opportunity to connect both with individuals passionate about the arts, environment, and education, and general audiences who might never venture into a museum, gallery, or concert hall.
In Italy, Associazione Tevereterno Onlus is a legally registered Italian non-profit association (onlus), an all-volunteer, grassroots association focused on architecture and the urban environment, working to promote the vision of Rome’s riverfront as an expansive public park with Piazza Tevere as its central gathering space. The association presents free educational workshops and lectures throughout the year, conducting ongoing outreach to envision new solutions, stimulate public interest, and grow the community of citizens, organizations, and institutions working together to build a clean, healthy, sustainable, and safe urban environment for all members of society and for generations to come. For example, the founding artists and architects of Associazione Tevereterno Onlus participated in drafting the new Master Plan for the City of Rome, adopted in 2004, that envisioned the Tiber’s now very popular Pista Tiberina bicycle path, which provides 20.5 miles (33 km) of off-road, greenway transportation along the city’s riverfront. The path, like the river, runs the length of the city from north to south and forms an integral part—nearly a third—of the city’s growing network of 62 miles (100 km) of dedicated cycle paths and bicycle lanes. Over the past several years, Associazione Tevereterno Onlus has also partnered with local environmental organization ReTake Roma to organize community cleanups of public spaces, taking ownership of blighted areas throughout the city. Through initiatives such as these, Associazione Tevereterno Onlus strives to reintegrate the river into the City of Rome, engaging the local populace, generating solutions for pedestrian infrastructure and access, and promoting public use of the site.
Associazione Tevereterno Onlus serves an important advisory role for Tevereterno (USA), helping to cultivate, coordinate, and steward local alliances with educational and institutional partners, community organizations, and governmental agencies. In turn, the ambitious public programming and large-scale artistic projects that Tevereterno brings to Piazza Tevere attract thousands of people each year, spotlighting the Tiber and providing an important public platform for the Italian association to address an international audience.
Together, we work toward the revitalization of Rome’s Tiber River, with Piazza Tevere at its heart as the city’s premiere public stage for contemporary art, open and accessible to all. In partnership with Tevereterno (USA), in 2015 Associazione Tevereterno Onlus applied for and was granted a long-term, 19-year seasonal permit (Spring and Fall of each year) for free, public programming at Piazza Tevere, securing the site and laying the foundation for years to come.