About Us

About Us

ANew Jersey/New York-based, philanthropic arts company, Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc., was founded for the purpose of improving ethnic, social, professional, and cultural relations throughout the world. It grew out of the Altamura School for the Fine and Performing Arts, which served many students with financial needs in and near in Union City, NJ. It was begun in 1970 by soprano Carmela Bucceri Altamura and her husband, Leonard Altamura,

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Biography

Biography

As a little girl of eight, Carmela Bucceri Altamura left Sicily on an ocean liner to join her family already in America. While crossing the Atlantic on the immigrant ship, Sobieski, Carmela’s destiny began to unfold. Strains of music from the activities hall reached the little girl, who had been sent to bed early. While others enjoyed the festivities, Carmela convinced a noble lady from Spain to dress her in an adult costume.

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Who We Help

Who We Help

My Dear Friends, I can say with profound pride and gratitude that we answered the call to raise funds for many deserving young artists last year. We awarded many scholarships to young operatic aspirants, enabling them to attend our Summer Institute “Encounters with the Masters”; program — a vital key that opened doors to opportunity.

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Education is about removing obstructions to light so that the self is enabled to be.

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