News & Events

FILM: Screening of “La Prima Neve” at Crowell Library – May 21

Date 04.24.2017

Screening of “La Prima Neve” (The First Snowfall) by director Andrea Segre at the Crowell Library in San Marino on Sunday, May 21.

Crowell Library
1890 Huntington Dr. San Marino
Registration: 1:45 p.m.
Film: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
$10 per person/Students Free

La prima neveNo Host Luncheon: Noon – 1:30 p.m. Colonial Kitchen
1560 Huntington Dr. San Marino, Ca.

RSVP to Jo Barbera at 626-584-1174 by May 10.

Italian Author Claudio Magris at Champman University – April 24

Date 04.19.2017

Chapman University hosts Italian author, Claudio Magris on April 24 during the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing 20th Annual Literary Arts Reading Series. The Center promotes and advances the discipline of creative writing, and offers the public an opportunity to gain a greater appreciation for the written word and those who write it.

All readings will take place in Beckman Hall 404 at 5:00 pm.

Don’t miss this chance to connect to Italian heritage through these masters of the written word.

Newport Beach Film Festival – Italian Spotlight – April 25

Date 04.10.2017

Tuesday, April 25 – Newport Beach Film Festival presents Italian Spotlight! Put on your finest cocktail attire and join us for a night of film, fun, and Italian culture! 2017 spotlight film featuring, Orecchie directed by Alessandro Aronadio, will be followed by a post-party featuring selections from several of OC’s top restaurants and a hosted bar!

Tickets go on sale April 1st!

Visit for your chance to win All-Access passes!

Middlebury College Professional Development Scholarships for High School and Middle School Teachers

Date 04.08.2017

Middlebury College in California is offering six full scholarships to Italian middle and high school teachers to attend a professional development workshop presented by Bruna Boyle and Lucrezia Lindia.

Title: Professional Development Workshop for Italian Teachers – Levels I – AP
Course Duration: Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14, 2017
Time:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Course Description: This one week professional development seminar is designed for Italian teachers interested in learning various instructional designs and assessment methods for students enrolled in the study of the Italian language and culture from the lower levels to the AP level. Participants will be exposed to strategies and techniques that can be applied immediately in their lesson plans. They will also have an opportunity to engage in a professional exchange of ideas, develop materials for their courses and assess e-mail replies, persuasive essays, and interpersonal and presentational speaking exercises for all four levels.

Additionally, participants will be exposed to the Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century and the AP World Language and Culture curriculum framework in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication.

All lessons are based on authentic materials developed by the instructors.


Participants will live on campus, eat meals in the dining halls, and sign the Language Pledge.

In the evening attendees will have the opportunity to practice their Italian with native speakers.

Six (6) Scholarships are available to Teachers of Italian to attend a one week professional development seminar at Middlebury College in California

Application Criteria

Must be a current high school or middle school teacher who is planning to teach in high school in the future.

  • Must register as a teacher-member in the Italian Language Foundation.
  • Must provide a letter of reference from a colleague or principal.

The application and the letter of reference must be submitted by Monday, April 24, 2017 to

The winners will be contacted and announced on the ILF websites.

The Next Edition of “Il Piccolo Corriere” now Available!

Date 04.07.2017

Fondazione Italia’s Italian language student’s ages 7 to 16 have together with their teacher, created Il Piccolo Corriere. The goal of Il Piccolo Corriere was to incorporate, in a fun and creative way, writing activities into the communicative experience of language learning. Fondazione Italia students were asked to contribute an article to Il Piccolo Corriere on a topic related to their own experience of all things Italian, and Italy.

“Writing-to-learn” activities in the foreign language classroom is a great way to learn new vocabulary and practice verb construction. Unlike conversation where there is no time to think about how to use a new language, writing gives language learners the opportunity to think and practice the language, helps increase overall language proficiency, expands critical thinking skills, and fosters cultural interaction.

Please enjoy the most recent edition of  Il Piccolo Corriere!



Italian Government Scholarships Help AP Students

Date 03.28.2017

AP Italian students from Sue Cleveland High School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, thank Fondazione Italia and the Italian government for providing them with scholarships to help pay for the cost of taking the Italian AP exam in May.

We are proud to be able to support Italian language students and teachers! In bocca al lupo!


ART: The Art of Dick Marconi at IAMLA

Date 03.20.2017


Write for L’Italo-Americano! A National Bilingual Newspaper Serving the Italian-American Community

Date 03.18.2017

If you are you are passionate about writing and Italian language and culture then don’t miss out on this great opportunity to collaborate with L’Italo-Americano!

L’Italo-Americano is a weekly publication serving the Italian-American community throughout the United States. Established in 1908, L’Italo-Americano is the oldest Italian-American newspaper in the US with a mission to promote and preserve Italian culture and heritage by reporting in both Italian and English on subjects such as arts and culture, literature, education, history, business, sciences, sports, lifestyle to name a few.

$50 an article. More Information.

If you are interested in finding out more, please EMAIL resume and a brief explanation of how you would like to contribute to the newspaper.

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FILM: “Si Accettano Miracoli” at Bowers Museum – March 19

Date 03.15.2017

CINEMA ITALIA offered by the Italian Cultural Arts Council presents “Si Accettano Miracoli, an Italian comedy film directed by Alessandro Siani on Sunday, March 19 at Bowers Museum. Arrive early at Bowers Museum and visit the newly remodeled Tangata Restaurant for an amazing Sunday brunch or cocktail/appetizer prior to the movie. In Italian with English subtitles.

Showtime: 2:00 pm
Kershaw Auditorium (north building)

Admission fee for non-members is $12
$5 for Students (no need to RSVP)
Members are free 

Tickets can be purchased onsite.

Parking Notice! The north and south lots cost $6. Disabled parking is free. There is free parking in a public lot on Main Street (a short walk across from North Lot with easy access back to museum by traffic signal) Street parking is free.

Fondazione Italia’s Spring Session of Italian Language Classes Start Next Week!

Date 03.12.2017

Fondazione Italia’s spring session of traditional group classes for kid and adults in Burbank and Hermosa Beach are starting soon! 8-week spring 2017 session starts March 17 & 18.

NEW CLASS! Hermosa Beach offering “Parliamo 101!” for adult beginners. Jump start your Italian with this crash course of high frequency conversation starters.  You’ll feel empowered and successful from day 1. If learning a second language has been a challenge for you, this class will break through those barriers. Discover your hidden talent for speaking Italian!

Visit our locations to find out schedule, course offerings and pricing information or to enroll.

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