News & Events

Italian Citizenship Workshop: Understanding the Basic Requirements

Date 03.22.2018

This brief workshop at the Italian Cultural Institute provides you the basic information on how to begin the process on your path to Italian citizenship.

Saturday, March 24, 2018
12:00 – 1:30pm

Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue – LA 90024

Fee: $45

To register please call 310-824-7408 or email to

Please note the speaker does not provide any legal advice or act on behalf of any government entity.

New Partnership between Chapman Italian Studies & Bowers Museum

Date 03.21.2018

The Bowers Museum and the Chapman Italian Studies Program have established a new internship in Museum Education and Administration for students of Italian at Chapman. This year, interns review and research exhibition content and assist in developing educational materials and programs for general public and schools to engage in the Knights in Shining Armor exhibition, on loan from the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy, opening at the Bowers Museum, September, 2018.

Founded in 1936 by the City of Santa Ana through a bequest from Charles and Ada Bowers, the Bowers Museum is one of California’s finest and Orange County’s largest museums. The museum recently celebrated the grand opening of the 30,000+ square-foot Dorothy and Donald Kennedy Wing in February 2007. To achieve its mission, the Bowers offers exhibitions, lectures, art classes, travel programs, children’s art education programs, and other special community programs.

Kids Italian Summer Camp 2018 Open for Enrollment!

Date 03.16.2018

Make Friends! Have Fun! All in Italian! All Levels Welcome! Our campers enjoy language arts, singing, music, outdoor fun, interactive games, arts & crafts and dance-all in Italian! Fondazione Italia’s Italian Immersion Summer Camp is a great way for kids ages 4-10 to learn Italian while enjoying summertime fun. Our passionate and experienced native speaking teachers serve as counselors as they lead campers from one great activity to the next – all in Italian! A week or more of our camp will definitely increase your child’s language ability!

Los Angeles Location:
Dunsmore Park in Glendale

Week 1: July 16 – July 20, 2018
Week 2: July 23 – July 27, 2018

Orange County Location:
Anneliese School in Laguna Beach

Week 1: July 30 – August 3, 2018


$295 for full five-day week
$60 a day for two or three-day option

$50 off if enrolling in both five-day weeks
$25 off if enrolling by June 1, 2018 (full week only)
$15 sibling discount with discount code SUMSIBL15

Enroll in Glendale Summer Camp

Enroll in Laguna Beach Summer Camp

Sample Day

9:00–9:30 Arrival, Welcome Songs and Activity
9:30–10:00 Presentation – Daily Theme
10:00–10:45 Snack & Outdoor Play
10:45–11:15 Language Arts Activity
11:15–12:00 Outdoor Organized Activity
12:00–12:30 Lunch
12:30–1:00 Outdoor Free Play
1:00–1:30 Arts & Crafts
1:30–2:00 Activity – Daily Theme
2:00–2:30 Language Arts Activity
2:30–3:00 Outdoor Activity / Good-bye Song and Pick-up

Cinema and Culture: An Italian Perspective – April 7

Date 03.12.2018

Cinema and Culture: An Italian Perspective will be a unique opportunity to promote the appreciation of the cultural significance and influence of Italian cinema throughout history. A group of distinguished scholars of Italian Studies will guide us through a fascinating journey beginning in silent cinema, continuing through the Italian post-war realist cinema, and the creative innovations of art cinema in the Sixties and Seventies. The symposium will feature thematic montages created by Italian Studies and Film Production students.

Musco Center for the Arts
Chapman University
Saturday, April 7, 2018
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

This celebration of Italian cinema and culture, exploring the beauty and complexity of Italy’s cultural and artistic import, will bring together faculty and students from Chapman University and other local schools, as well as the broader community of Southern California.

Details and Tickets


Buona Festa Della Donna!

Date 03.08.2018

Every year, Italy comes aglow with the golden blossoms of mimosas. On March 8, the fragrant flowers are presented to women across the country in celebration of La Festa della Donna, International Women’s Day. While more cultural in Italy today, the holiday’s roots are political. The first observance, organized by the Socialist Party of America, was held in New York City in 1909 to protest a tragic event. Earlier in March, women at a garment factory in Manhattan had threatened to go on strike to protest dangerous working conditions, too many hours, and too little pay.
Just days later, the factory suspiciously burned to the ground – with 145 workers, mostly young women, trapped inside. Many consider the subsequent outrage as the catalyst of the women’s movement; it was certainly the spark for International Women’s Day.
Over the following decades, International Women’s Day was adopted across the world. There was a steady rise in women-led strikes, marches, and other protests for equal rights in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa. In 1977, the United Nations officially declared International Women’s Day.
Every year, there is a different official theme: 2017 is “Be Bold for Change.” While the United States hasn’t officially observed the day in the past, President Obama declared March to be Women’s History Month in 2011.
In Italy, La Festa della Donna tends to have a symbolic flavor, reminiscent of Mother’s Day. With each mimosa blossom, we are recognizing women’s economic, political, and social achievements over the last century, which have been sizable. Of course, progress is ongoing.

First Annual Italian Language Kids Video Contest Winners Announced!

Date 03.06.2018

In honor of Italian Language Week, Fondazione Italia, in collaboration with the Italian Consulate General in Los Angeles, launched the first annual Italian Language Kids Video Contest. We received many submissions across all age groups.

We are very pleased to announce the winners and show you their videos!

Valentina & Francesca Masoni and Isabella Presti (K-4)
Elisa Booth and Giulia Bhatia (5-8)
Dario Tommasini (9-12)

View Winning Videos

Patrons of Italian Culture Announce 2018 Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors

Date 03.06.2018

High School Seniors who are currently enrolled in Italian language classes and who have been accepted to an accredited College or University are eligible for consideration for this scholarship offered by the Patrons of Italian Culture. A commitment to a major or minor in Italian Language or Italian Studies is strongly recommended, however, consideration will be given to the applicant’s final course of study. You do not have to have Italian heritage to apply.

Scholarships will be awarded in various amounts. Funding of all scholarships will be deposited to the account of the student at the academic institution he or she will be attending.

Application deadline is April 30, 2018.

Next Session of FI Online Classes for Adults & Teens Start Next Week

Date 03.01.2018

Online Adult and Teen Italian language classes start week of March 5! Learn Italian from comfort of your own home.
8-week session with fantastic teachers!

Visit our website for more information on class, schedule and fees and to enroll.

Learn Italian with Fondazione Italia!

Italian Design Day – March 1

Date 02.26.2018

The second edition of, Italian Design Day, the special initiative launched by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to promote contemporary Italian Design in the world  will be held on 1 March in 100 cities all over the world and focus on the connection between design and sustainability as expressed by 100 “Italian design ambassadors” – architects, designers, academics, business people, critics, communicators – who will make presentations to people who work in the field and enthusiasts of the best of our industrial design.

The 2018 Italian Design Day in the World has chosen relationship between sustainability and design as its theme. The design industry is a distinctive element of the “Made in Italy” brand which unites beauty and originality with high-quality raw materials and innovative production methods and expresses the culture and traditions of the various regions. It forms one of the pillars of the integrated promotion strategy of the “Italian Way of Life” conducted by the Foreign Ministry through its network of Embassies, Consulates and Italian Cultural Institutes in the world, together with the promotion of the Italian language, high-quality cuisine, the University and research system, and the Italian museum system and cinema.

Contact the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angles event information.

Frank and Eileen De Santis Family Endowed Scholarship in Italian Studies at Chapman University

Date 02.15.2018

The Italian Studies program at Chapman University has received a $55,000 gift from the De Santis family. The gift establishes the “Frank and Eileen De Santis Family Endowed Scholarship in Italian Studies.” This gift supports students pursuing a minor in Italian Studies at Chapman University. An initial $2,500 is being awarded in academic year 2017-2018 and another in 2018-2019 from the office of Financial Aid. The scholarship is specifically for undergraduates who have demonstrated a need for financial assistance to attend Chapman University. Current students in the program are automatically considered for the scholarship and therefore do not need to submit an additional application.

Students and faculty are grateful to the members of the De Santis family for being long-time supporters of the study of Italian language and culture at Chapman University. Three members of the De Santis family have graduated from Chapman University: Jeanette M. Poremba (MBA ’94), Christopher F. De Santis (MBA ’96), and Christina L. De Santis (BS ’17). Special gratitude goes out to Commendatore Frank De Santis, who through his devotion and work, has been a central figure in the promotion of Italian culture in Orange County and beyond. This gift ensures the legacy of the De Santis family will continue to support and encourage students for many years to come.