News & Events

FILM: “Un Altro Mondo” at Bowers Museum – Nov. 15

Date 11.13.2015

CINEMA ITALIANO! offered by the Italian Cultural Arts Council presents, UN ALTRO MONDO (Another World), directed by Thomas Torelli on Sunday, November 15 at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. “Another World” is a feature documentary about the journey of mankind to discover who we truly are, challenging the modern view of the world and reconsidering the world view and value systems of ancient societies such as the indigenous Americans. (Italian with English subtitles)

SUNDAY, November 15
Register & Refreshments: 1:30 pm

Showtime: 2:00 pm

Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Flour Family Gallery (upstairs main gallery)
Admission fee of $10 Payable at Entrance
$5 for Students (no need to RSVP)
Admission Free with Museum Membership Card

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.

Proposed Charter School to offer K-8 Italian Dual-Immersion Program

Date 11.10.2015

A proposed Charter School petition for the International Studies Language Academy (ISLA) has been submitted for consideration to the Glendale Unified District’s Board of Education. The parent group that submitted the petition are enthusiastic, dedicated parents who have been working in partnership with highly experienced educators and consultants. They have embarked on creating a new elementary and middle-school in Glendale that focuses on language acquisition and high academic standards. The proposed school will be a free, public, charter school, set to open in Fall 2016.

The ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (K-5) will offer immersion (90/10 model) in French, German, Italian and Spanish. All grades K-5 will be open to all students, regardless of language skills – no prior knowledge of the target language is required.

The MIDDLE SCHOOL will have two tracks. A CONTINUED IMMERSION track will be open to students already fluent in their target language (25/75 model). An ACQUISITION track will be open to students with no prior knowledge of the target language (25/75 model), giving them an opportunity to become fluent in their target language by high-school.

Read the petition

Fill-out GUSD survey

If you would like to voice your opinion on this initiative in person there will be a board meeting discussion on the charter at 223 N. Jackson Street in Glendale on Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30pm that is open to public comment

More information


Date 11.09.2015

Italian Rock band Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) perform during HitWeek on Thursday, November 13 at 8 pm at the Whisky a Go Go. Hitweek 2015, is an annual traveling festival devoted to Italian music and lifestyle. PFM were the first Italian group to have success abroad, entering both the British and American charts. Between 1973 and 1977 they released five albums with English lyrics. PFM is an international progressive rock band that introduced new sounds, such as the synthesizer, to the Italian musical world. They were also among the first to combine symphonic classical and traditional Italian musical influences in a rock music context.

FILM: Cinema Italian Style – Nov. 13 -18

Date 11.09.2015

Italy comes to LA with Cinema Italian Style 2015, a special week dedicated to Italian documentaries! The 2015 edition of Cinema Italian Style – the Los Angeles glamorous showcase for Italian contemporary cinema produced by Luce Cinecittà and the American Cinematheque – takes place this year with the support of the Italian Ministry of Culture, under the Auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles. CIS 2015 will present a selection of  films, shorts and documentaries of Italy’s best and most recent productions compiled by the artistic curator Laura Delli Colli, including “Don’t be Bad” by Claudio Caligari, the Italian Entry – Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards®. A rich and talented cast of actors, directors and producers will be in town to introduce the movies and meet with the audience in occasion of the screenings.

The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles will support Cinema Italian Style, giving home to a rich selection of documentaries and short films, CIS DOCS & SHORTS. CIS 2015 is also proud to start a new partnership with Roma Creative Contest, the International Short Film Festival organized in Rome by the Arts Association Images Hunters: a selection of the best short films of the past years will be screened every day before the film program at the Aero Theatre and at the Italian Cultural Institute.

Screening Schedule & Information

FILM: “Don’t Be Bad” at AFI FEST 2015 – Nov. 12

Date 11.07.2015

AFI FEST co-presents the opening night of Cinema Italian Style 2015, featuring the North American Premiere of Italy’s official Oscar submission directed by Claudio Caligari, “Non Essere Cattivo” (Don’t be Bad) on Thursday, November 12 at The Egyptian Theatre.

5:45 pm Red Carpet
6:30 pm Opening Remarks
7:00 pm Screening

Set in the drug-fueled scene of the mid-’90s, Italy’s entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® follows a pair of hard-partying friends whose world is thrown into question by the arrival of an alluring woman.
Actors from the film will be in attendance.

Tickets are free to the public but available only online.

For details visit AFI website.

Elementary School Italian Dual-Immersion Program Now Accepting Applications

Date 11.05.2015

Applications for the 2016-2017 school year are being accepted now for the Franklin Elementary Italian Dual Immersion Program in Glendale. To enter Kindergarten, your child must be five years old by September 1, 2016.

Foreign Language Academies of Glendale (FLAG) Italian dual immersion is a 90/10 program that provide students an opportunity to learn two languages starting in kindergarten. The goal of of GUSD’s FLAG programs is to develop bilingualism and bi-literacy by the end of elementary school.

To be included in the lottery, applications must be submitted online by January 31, 2016.

You must attend a tour of the school to complete your application process. CLICK HERE to sign-up for a tour.

To apply online CLICK HERE


Date 10.30.2015

We invite you to visit the Viale Italia at ACTFL’s Annual Convention and World Languages Expo 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center from November 20-22, where the following Italian exhibitors, including language schools and publishers, will present their offerings:

Consulate General of Italy
Thinking about attending university in Italy? Italian taught in your elementary or high school? Paola Ebranati, Education Attaché for the Consulate General of Italy in Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco, is your woman!
Meet her at Booth #943 or email her at:

Accademia Italiana:
We invite you to swing by our booth #938, where you can learn more information about out scholarship program for teachers! The program is comprised of a two week Italian immersion where you will learn through Italian courses and experience an international learning environment.

Campus L’Infinito:
Visit us at booth #940 to learn about all the programs and enter to win an unforgettable experience in Italy, which includes a 2-week summer course with excursions and housing.

Centro Studi Italiani:
Visit booth #936 to learn about all the programs and enter to win an unforgettable experience in Italy, which includes a two week summer course, housing, weekly excursions, and transfers.

Club Italiano Dante Alighieri:
Improve your teaching & Glottodidactic skills with the possibility to receive one of our full scholarships based in Rome for teachers! The opportunity includes two weeks in Rome, with observations in our international classes from Monday to Friday, 9AM-1PM. Learn more about it by visiting our booth #942!

Edizioni Edilingua:
Edilingua is waiting for you at booth #937 where you can browse all the titles of the catalog and to receive information and promotional material! Furthermore, you are all invited to the workshop on Friday, November 20th from 11:30 to 12:20 (Workshop room # 4) entitled “Edilingua’s Italian course books for adults and teenagers.” Attendees will work on the courses and receive a sample copy of the book.

Fondazione Italia:
Fondazione Italia is a is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1998 for the purpose of promoting the teaching of the Italian language and culture in Southern California. Not only do they offer extra-curricular Italian language courses to children and adults but they are also and Italian Accessor Agency for the Italian CSET, and work in close collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles and the Education Office at the Italian Consulate in San Francisco to administer a grant program to start and maintain K-12 Italian language programs in. Visit them at Booth #943 or email Hilary Stern at

Everyone is invited to the Fondazione Italia sponsored workshop on Sunday, November 22 from 11:15 to 12:15 pm where Executive Director, Hilary Stern, will be mediating a presentation at the San Diego Convention Center, Room 29A on “A K-6 Italian Dual-Language Program: Implementation, Challenges & Outcomes.”

Sant’Anna Institute:
Where can high school and university students dive into the authenticity of Southern Italian culture? At Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy, where else? Visit booth #939 to discover more about how Sant’Anna’s programs are integrated into the host community through tandem projects, internships, service learning activities, field-trips, and more!

We look forward to seeing you at ACTFL!

ART: “Dante: Life, Work, Legacy”

Date 10.24.2015

The Società Dantesca Italiana in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the IIC present DANTE: LIFE, WORK, LEGACY  from October 27 – December 31, 2015. An exhibition that explores the world of Dante’s through the eyes of great artists like Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Botticelli, and Renato Guttuso, and the pens of great writers such as Boccaccio, Thomas S. Eliot, Primo Levi and Umberto Eco.

1023 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024

EVENT: Benvenuto, Joe Buscaino! – Oct. 20

Date 10.16.2015

Please join the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West in honoring Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino in occasion of naming him Honorary Chairman of the Board with a special dinner at Locanda del Lago. The elegant dinner will feature Lombardy tasting menu crafted from Michelin-starred Chef Gianfranco Minuz. Locanda del Lago is an iconic dining destination overlooking Santa Monica’s bustling Third Street Promenade, which specializes in authentic, Northern Italian cuisine.  A portion of the proceeds from this event benefit the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles.

Tuesday, October 20 @ 6:30 p.m.
Locanda del Lago
231 Arizona Ave, Santa Monica

$150 single ticket

To receive a 10% discount use code: IACCIAO

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Scholarships Available for Fondazione Italia AP® Italian Exam Online Prep Course!

Date 10.15.2015

2016 AP® Italian Preparation Course begins on January 23rd! This test preparation course offered by Fondazione Italia meets once a week by video conference for 15 weeks beginning on January 23, 2016. The course is geared towards high school students who are heritage speakers or who have had at least 3 years of high school Italian or equivalent, i.e. intermediate-level proficiency.

What students will learn:
– Familiarity with the six themes and sub-themes recommended by the College Board;
– Strategies for interpreting written and audio texts in Italian, even if they don’t understand every word;
– Strategies for starting, continuing and ending a conversation in Italian;
– The formal conventions of letter/e-mail writing;
– How to make cultural comparisons between the U.S. and Italy and how to make an effective and concise oral presentation;
– How to write a well-argued and organized persuasive essay.

January 23 to May 7, 2016
(15 Saturdays – no class on March 26th)
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Course Fee: $380

Through a generous contribution from COMITES Los Angeles Scholarships are available to high school students wishing to attend this course. Scholarship recipients must take the exam in May. Apply Today!

The deadline to receive the scholarship application is December 31, 2015.

Must be heritage speaker or have at least 3 years of high school Italian or equivalent, i.e. intermediate-level proficiency.

Download the Course Syllabus

** Students are expected to be tech savvy and to have a reliable internet access. **

Please review the following  information before enrolling in the course.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us.

Max. enrollment is 12 students. Enroll early to secure your spot in the class!