News & Events

MEETING: New Italian TK-8 Dual-Immersion School Being Proposed – May 22

Date 05.16.2016

Meeting to discuss new charter school in Glendale that is proposing to open a dual-immersion program in Italian for fall 2016 is this Sunday, May 22. Grades TK-7 are open for enrollment. Visit for more information.

SUNDAY, May 22
Griffith Manor Park Community Center
1551 Flower Street, Glendale

3:00 – 4:30 pm: TK-5 Elementary Program
4:30 – 6:00 pm: 6-8 Middle School Program


Full Immersion Italian Kids Summer Camp Open for Enrollment!

Date 05.16.2016

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!

Dunsmore Park in La Crescenta

Week 1: July 11 – 15
Week 2: July 18 – 22

$295 per week
$180 any three days
$60 single day rate

Register by June 1 and receive additional $20 off! (full-week only)
Sibling Discount $10 (use coupon code SIBL14)

Enroll Today!

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ITALIAN SPOTLIGHT: Newport Beach Film Festival – Ticket Discount Available!

Date 04.20.2016

Newport Beach Film Festival to showcase an exclusive screening of Italian Cinema. On Tuesday, April 26th 2016 the 17th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will present its Italian Spotlight, an evening celebration of Italian cinema and culture. The event will feature the Orange County premiere of the highly acclaimed film Me, Myself and Her (Io E Lei), followed by a festive post-screening gala. Perhaps Italy’s first romantic comedy with a female couple at the center, Me, Myself and Her (Io E Lei) stars Sabrina Ferilli as happily out restaurateur Marina and Margherita Buy as Federica, a previously married architect whose fear of what others might think gives her pause about the relationship. With a light tone, this warm look at the everyday struggles of two people to build a life together strikes a universal chord. “The Festival continues a proud tradition of presenting the very best in Italian Cinema. Me, Myself and Her (Io E Lei) is a touching and heartfelt romantic comedy, with a twist. We are very excited to screen Maria Sole Tognazzi’s newest work,” stated Gregg Schwenk, CEO of the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Italian Spotlight
Screening: 7:30 p.m. at Triangle Square Cinemas (1870 Harbor Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92627)
Post-screening Celebration: 10:00 pm at Design Within Reach – SOCO (3303 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

The event will include select tastings from top Orange County restaurants, traditional entertainment as well as multiple DJs.  Hosted bar by Stella Artois Beer, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Admission to the Italian Spotlight film and the post-screening party is $45.00. Discount Code: ETCNBFF

Post-screening party only is $25.00/ Film screening only is $20.00.

2016 Scholarships For High School Students!

Date 04.19.2016

Visit Fondazione Italia’s Grants & Scholarships page to find out more about two exciting opportunities for high school students who are studying Italian or wish to study Italian in college!   The Patrons of Italian Culture Scholarship for high school seniors
and the EduItalia Study Abroad Scholarship are accepting applications now. Deadlines are soon. Don’t miss out!

Fondazione Italia’s Winter Session Starts Next Week! $50 Early Bird Discount Extended!

Date 01.08.2016

LEARN, LOVE, LIVE ITALIAN! Enrollment is now open for Fondazione Italia‘s Winter session of Italian Language Courses for Kids & Adults! 8-week session starts in January!*
We have language centers in Burbank, Hermosa Beach, and West LA and a selection of online classes for teens and adults!

Enroll by January 12 to receive $50 early bird registration discount!

*Schedule and pricing varies by location.

NEW! Lunchtime Italian Online Course for Beginners – Starts March 29!

Date 02.26.2016

Learn the language of music, art, food and more during your lunch break! Classes will be held in a virtual classroom with a native Italian speaker who has experience teaching Italian in traditional and online settings. This class is designed for beginners with little or no Italian language background. Please contact us if you would like additional levels to be made available.

March 29 – May 5, 2016
Tuesday & Thursdays (12 45-minute classes)
12:15 – 1:00 pm PST

For more information and to enroll visit our Online Classes or call 310-739-9350.

Auguri di Buona Pasqua!

Date 03.26.2016

Happy Easter from Fondazione Italia’s staff and teachers!


FILM: “Io, Loro e Lara” at Bowers Museum – March 20

Date 03.18.2016

CINEMA ITALIANO! Offered by the Italian Cultural Arts Council presents “Io, Loro e Lara” (“Me, Them, and Lara”) directed by Carlo Verdone on SUNDAY, March 20 at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Father Carlo returns home to Rome after some years spent in Africa in a humanitarian mission after a faith crisis. Instead of getting the expected peace of mind with the help of his family, he’ll face their innumerable problems: for instance, his father has married a Moldavian woman much younger than him and Carlo’s brother and sister are worried about their inheritance. (In Italian with English subtitles).

Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Flour Family Gallery (upstairs main gallery)

Register & Refreshments: 1:30 pm
Showtime: 2:00 pm

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.

CULTURE: La Festa Della Donna!

Date 03.08.2016

Every year, on March 8th, Italians celebrate the Festa della donna, otherwise known as International Women’s Day, with Mimosa flowers, cakes and festive events. So where does the Festa della donna originate from? The United Nations’ International Women’s Day has its roots in two countries, the USA and revolutionary Russia. Originally a political event, the earliest celebration was organized in 1909 by the International Ladies Garment Union in support of New York workers striking for shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. In Italy, celebrations date back to March 1946 when two activists, Rita Montagnana and Teresa Mattei, decided to mark International Women’s Day with a symbolic gesture offering branches of mimosa to other women as a sign of mutual respect, sisterhood and support. Mimosa was chosen for a number of reasons: On a practical level, it is one of the few plants blooming at this time of the year. Furthermore, despite having tiny yellow puffs as flowers, the Mimosa is a strong plant that can survive adverse conditions. It therefore became a perfect symbol for the equality movement that wanted to turn Italy into a place where women could grow and prosper! Buona festa della donna a tutte!

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CONFERENCE: Culture and Business: An Italian Perspective – March 5

Date 02.26.2016

Become Part of Italy’s New Renaissance! Presented by the Chapman University Italian Studies Council conference will provide participants the opportunity to learn about sustainable business models that draw from and revitalize Italy’s cultural resources, explore how you can apply your studies in Italian to various areas of entrepreneurship, discover how you can become an ambassador in bridging Italy and US, expand your professional network and meet innovative business leaders, and connect with mentors and support structures in Southern California and Italy.

The conference brings together innovative business leaders who are working at the crossroad of Italy and America to share stories and engage with new challenges and ideas. Join the Chapman University Italian Studies Council for a series of presentations with distinguished speakers representing film, architecture, design, agriculture and other industries from California and Italy.

Chapman University
Saturday, March 5, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Beckman Hall, Room 404


The event is free and open to students and community members alike.

Please RSVP (walk-ins will be accepted)

For information contact Federico Pacchioni.

Networking reception to follow.

The Italian Studies Council is a philanthropic group whose goal is to bridge higher learning in Italian Studies with the possibilities and needs of the community locally and abroad. The Council aims to support Italian Studies at Chapman and raise students’ awareness regarding the potential applications of their studies in various areas of cultural, artistic, and business entrepreneurship.