What does it take to be a patron of the high arts in today's low art culture? Join us as the Honorable Vice-Consul of Italy Mr. Steve Acunto talks about opera, Italian Futurism, the Italian Academy Foundation, and fine arts in the world today.
Steve Acunto is founder and president of CINN Group, a private group of companies with holdings in publishing, insurance, real estate and entertainment. CINN’s Capolavori Productions, Inc., produces theatrical productions, films, concerts and other events and holds intellectual property, production and publishing rights to an inventory of plays, books and films. In 2013, Capolavori presented the world premiere of Deloss Brown’s stage adaptation of the Stendahl classic The Red and The Black at New York’s historic St. Clement’s Theater. In 2013 – 2014, the company produced the award winning short film Just Ancient Loops and began co-production of the play Queen for a Day off Broadway. Capolavori has several theatrical and film projects underway, including the feature film Caravaggio.
Steve Acunto is Chairman of the Italian Academy Foundation, Inc., a leading cultural foundation whose “cultural diplomacy” initiatives include more than 60 Carnegie Hall concerts, art shows, films, publications and concerts in New York and Rome. The Italian Academy Foundation publishes the highly prized quarterly, the Italian Journal. In 2014 IAF sponsored the landmark exhibit Frate Francesco at the UN, featuring rare manuscripts of St Francis of Assisi for the first time ever outside Italy.
He is the Chairman of the Board of La Scuola d’Italia, an independent Italian Prep School in New York, with 300 students and a distinguished faculty.
Steve Acunto attended New York University and is the recipient of many awards
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