News & Events

Kids Italian Holiday Art Workshop in Orange!

Date 12.01.2019

Leave your kids with Fondazione Italia and go do some holiday shopping! Led by Italian art teacher, Ylenia Mino, children ages 4+ will be inspired to create holiday art and make arts & crafts gifts.  Activities will be presented in Italian and English (if needed). Your kids will be learning Italian through creativity! Materials included in workshop fee.

Saturday, December 7 Chapman University, Doti Hall
1:00 – 2:30 pm: kids ages 4+ ($28)

Register Today!

Help Save Venice! #americalovesvenice

Date 11.21.2019

The Embassy of Italy in Washington and Save Venice Inc. have partnered to restore Venice to its splendor.

Join our efforts to preserve the city’s artistic and cultural heritage for future generations after this week’s record flooding.

Find out how you can help and donate to the Save Venice Immediate Response Fund

“Food in Federico Fellini’s Drawings” exhibit opens at IIC

Date 11.21.2019

On the occasion of the #WorldWeekofItalianCuisine and the upcoming Centennial of Federico Fellini, The Italian Consul General in Los Angeles and the Italian Cultural Institute are proud to inaugurate on November 21 the exhibit, “Food in Federico Fellini’s Drawings”, featuring some of this legendary director’s mealtime artwork.

The exhibit is in the IIC gallery from November 21 through February 15

Italian Reading Corner Opened in the Italian Consulate Los Angeles!

Date 11.15.2019

Nell’ambito della #settimanadellalinguaitaliana #AlessandroBaricco ha inaugurato l’angolo lettura della nostra sala d’attesa. D’ora in poi leggi in italiano mentre aspetti il tuo turno! Grazie a @LibreriaPino per i libri e a @ItalyinNY per l’idea. #italiano #lettura #libri

A new Italian book corner was opened in the Italian Consulate’s waiting room! Thank you @LibreriaPino for all the books and @ItalyinLA for this wonderful idea!

Cinema Italian Style Los Angeles Begins Nov. 21

Date 11.14.2019

Cinema Italian Style 2019 opens with the Los Angeles premiere of 5 IS THE PERFECT NUMBER on Thursday November 21 at 7.30 at the Aero Theatre!

The movie is an adaptation of the novel written by Igort Tuveri, one of the most prominent graphic novelists of Italy, a member of the Bolognese new wave art movement. “With its shocks of bold colors, vertiginous angles and glaring headlights that cut through thick fog, “5 Is the Perfect Number” will be compared to Frank Miller’s “Sin City” films. But Igort’s goals are better represented in another crime film based on a graphic novel, 2002’s “Road to Perdition.” Richly shot with atmosphere to spare by Conrad Hall, “Road to Perdition” was, first and foremost, a mournful saga about fathers and sons. As Peppino tells his own son, Nino, in a flashback scene, “If you kill all the criminals, the world will be out of balance.” The world of Igort’s film is out of balance, which tends to happen when you elevate visuals over characters.”

Calendar of Films & Tickets

Kids Italian Music Workshop on Nov. 23 in Burbank!

Date 11.13.2019

Discover the super power of music! Workshops will be presented in Italian and will introduce children to instruments as well as traditional Italian holiday songs. All fluency levels welcome!

Saturday, November 23 at Burbank Language Center
3:00 – 4:00 pm: kids ages 3 to 5 ($16)
4:15 – 5:45 pm: kids ages 6 to 11 ($24)

Register Today!

Carmen Consoli “Eco di Sirene” World Tour in LA 11/18

Date 11.11.2019

Iconic Sicilian-born Musician CARMEN CONSOLI‘s “Eco di Sirene” (Echo of Sirens) World Tour marks the artist’s return to the States after nearly a decade. For this project, based on her “Eco Di Sirene” critically acclaimed 2018 live album and Italian concert tour, the “Cantantessa” performs from her career-spanning repertoire accompanied by a female string duo consisting of violinist Emilia Belfiore and cellist Claudia della Gatta.  

Carmen Consoli is the most successful female singer-songwriter Italy
has ever produced. Throughout a 25 year career, the musician has been defined by her unflinching emotional live performances of songs that examine broad themes of love, illness, solitude and friendship from a feminine — and feminist — perspective. Her innovative mixture of Italian song with indie-rock influences, bossa nova rhythms, traditional Sicilian musical styles and jazz and blues-inspired riffs have engendered a generation defining sound unique to the Italian music scene.  
November 18, 2019 | 8:00 PM Zipper Hall 200 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Get 10% off your tickets by using the code IICCARMENLA!

LG airs commercial in Italian in the US

Date 11.08.2019

LG Appliances airs commercial in America in Italian with subtitles featuring Italian photographer Delfino Sisto Legnani. It is very exciting to see a link being made between technology, art and Italian!

The Importance of Keeping Italian Traditions Alive, with Mike Gatto and Teresa D’Agostaro

Date 10.29.2019

Fondazione Italia’s Burbank Italian Language Center Director, Teresa D’Agostaro is interviewed on Spectrum about her experience growing up Italian-American in Los Angeles.

Italian CSET exam for teachers offered Nov. 16

Date 10.24.2019

Test Date:             Saturday, November 16 @ 9:30 am
Location:              St. Robert Bellarmine – 154 N. 5th Street, Burbank, CA
Regular Fee:        $110
Late Fee:              $35 – added if registration received after November 4, 2019

To complete the Italian CSET, which serves to establish core competency in Italian for a single-subject credential in California, candidates must register for, and pass TWO separate sub tests: the cultural sub test I & II (General Linguistics, Literature, History, Geography and Culture), and the language sub test III (Oral and written competency).

Fondazione Italia is an Italian Assessor Agency that has been approved to administer ONLY the language sub test III (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) of the Italian CSET, and report those results back to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

We administer ONLY the language sub test III of the Italian CSET.

It is the candidates’ responsibility to make sure they have registered for and completed the cultural sub test I & II through the CCTC website. The cultural sub test portion of the Italian CSET is administered by the CCTC during the following 4-week testing windows Sep. 2–Sep. 29, 2019 and Apr. 13–May 10, 2020. To schedule an appointment with the CCTC for the cultural sub-test click here.

Candidates must pass both the language and cultural sub tests
to pass the Italian CSET.

Passing both parts of the Italian CSET does not provide you with a single-subject credential. Passage of the Italian CSET only allows you to teach Italian in a middle or high school once you have completed a single-subject credentialing program. It is the responsibility of the candidate to make sure they have completed all the requirements for a single-subject credential by visiting the CCTC website.

Test Overview
Italian Test Structure
Sample Test
Directions (Parking instructions will be sent one week prior to exam date)