The Caetani Centre is a multi-disciplinary arts, cultural and heritage organization committed to operating the Caetani House facility, to enhance the creative life and expand artistic opportunities within our community.
About the CAETANI CENTRE
Join us for ongoing concerts, presentations, performances, theatre, literary readings, festivals and special events, as well as workshops and classes for both youth and adults in writing and visual arts, summer camps for youth, and more!
The Artist and Writer in Residence Program (AIR and WIR) is central to a program of events, which includes presentations, workshops, exhibitions and festivals. Applicants include local, regional and international creatives who are provided with opportunities to live, work and create in our community, from two weeks to several months. The site can host up to three visiting artists simultaneously, featuring private rooms and private studios, and shared facilities for kitchen, bathroom, library and common areas.
The AIR and WIR programs promote the exchange of ideas and skills, and applicants are encouraged to share their creativity with the local community through performances, presentations, exhibitions, interpretive tours and interactive programming.
The Caetani Centre is a registered 125+ year old heritage site. The main three storey building is situated on an acre and half of park-like land, close to downtown, in the heart of beautiful Vernon, British Columbia.
The property was purchased in 1921 by Leone Caetani, Duke of Sermoneta and Prince of Teano, Italy. The mysterious and secretive Caetani family wove an intricate local legend. Leone's daughter, artist, teacher and mentor, Sveva Caetani, bequeathed the property to the City of Vernon in 1994 and it is now a renowned local heritage and cultural site.
Our Open House Project was completed in 2019, opening the house to public access and enhancing the capacity of the facility to create a sustainable community resource by providing a unique public heritage site, exhibition and and learning spaces.