My Story-

March 1, 2018

I am a high school Art Teacher from Minnesota. I am passionate about art and history and I spent time in Italy in the late 90s. Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Europe multiple times with students to study art and history on site. In 2011, I decided to begin writing this blog as a way to both record all of my teaching content for an upcoming student summer trip and to give the students information to enhance the experience of being there in person. I spent the better part of that year filling the blog up with articles on specific art works, historical events, and current happenings in Italy. Within a few weeks of beginning the blog, something amazing and totally unexpected happened. Through internet searches, A LOT of people started following the blog.

Italy-©-Luciano-Mortula-Shutterstock-650x434.jpgLet me state here- I am NOT an art historian or any authority on Italian Art and History, I’m just a curious teacher who enjoys learning. I never dreamed that I would get this kind of attention. At one point, over 1,300 people a day were reading and commenting on my articles, authors were requesting sources for my photographs and quotes for their books, and an extensive online discussion about the articles began taking place. It was awesome. It made me even more excited about creating extensive articles.

I led a student trip that summer (and a few others since). Afterwords, I left the blog up to see what would happen. You would think that after 6 years of sitting idle, readership would dwindle, but instead, it has endured. On average, I get about 300 unique readers a day from countries around the world reading around 700 articles. Every week, I receive emails and requests. I’m thrilled that this blog is filling a need and due to the constant traffic I’ve received, it seems to be one that comes up regularly on a Google search.

I’m very interested in resurrecting this blog, updating outdated articles with expired YouTube links and most importantly, creating new content… I’ve only just started telling all the great stories that are out there, and I’m prepared to dive in and take this site to a new level. BUT- I need your help. Have you learned something from my research? Have you used it in a report or in conversation? Has it enhanced your understanding of Italian Art and History? If so, is that worth a dollar or two? I would guess so, and if even a small fraction of the people who read this blog regularly gave a tiny amount, I could pay to update the site and generate new content. Your donations will be the incentive I need to spend my free time making new articles for the readers. I can also look towards a more user-friendly site.

Thank you so much for reading this and for considering a donation. Any amount helps, even 1$. Click the link below for a secure donation and I will do my best to have new content up shortly.