Residenza per artisti in Toscana

The arts need help!

A dream began 20 years ago.

When we came to live at San Cresci, the architectural complex was in ruins, the church was falling apart and everything was desolate. We loved this extraordinary place, and in fifteen years of restoration, following the rigid requirements of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, we restored it to its former glory, thus exhausting all of our personal funds. Into the restored spaces we made the residence for artists, a place for contemporary art with a strong interest in the environment and heritage.

We have organized exhibitions of local and international artists, theatrical and musical performances and conferences.

Our goal now is to accommodate each artist here for free.

Unfortunately, currently, we cannot do this; the cost management is not funded by public or private institutions. But with your help, this could happen soon.

Your donation of any amount will help to promote and support La Macina's programming, to grow the organization and build La Macina's reputation as a center for contemporary art. Endowments will be directed entirely to support the Artist Fellowship Program and will be recognized in the yearbook. Gifts of all sizes are welcome, necessary and truly appreciated.

A Fellowship covers the costs of a single residency for a maximum period of one month, including the use of a studio, accommodation, a stipend to cover the meals and living costs, and the benefits of a dynamic community of artists working in many disciplines.

Donors who give € 3000 to cover an entire Fellowship (a named scholarship in the discipline of your choice), are invited to meet the artist granted and become vital partners in our mission. During the Follower's residency, we will host you and your partner in the Artist's House for a weekend, so you will have the opportunity to meet the recipient of your generous support. We are sure that he / she will be forever grateful.

The mission of the La Macina di San Cresci is to support creativity, and to be a refuge for the artists to spend quality time on their work in a setting of great natural beauty.

Donors will be acknowledged on our website and in written materials. We are a cultural organization non-profit. This means any contribution may be deducted from your taxes. We will provide the necessary receipts and a nice thank-you note.

Every gift makes a difference in the lives of emerging artist!

Please consider a contribution to La Macina di San Cresci today.

You can donate:

  • online DONATE
  • or you can support us by buying a piece of art from our catalog "Art for Art".

Many artists have offered their works of art, and by buying one of these objects, you will contribute to the residency program. Browse the catalog for more information.

In addition, La Macina is grateful for contributions of books, recordings, films, slides, and works of art to add to our permanent collection and made available to artists-in-residence. If you would like to donate a gift in kind, please contact us by email at:


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