News & Events

New Masters in Italian Studies Program at CSULB

Date 12.13.2013

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Academic Senate approves a new Master of Arts degree for Italian Studies to begin next fall!

For enrollment information CLICK HERE.

New App Uncovers Italian Itineraries in Los Angeles

Date 12.10.2013

On December 13, a new app will be released by the Italian Cultural Institute allowing an interactive exploration of Italian art in Los Angeles. Available for Android and iOS smartphones, the app turns the website ITALY ART LA into a geo-tagged system that will allow users to learn about Italian Art in L.A. The system offers two media enriched tours crafted to create an engaging experience: From Light to Materiality takes you to the most prestigious Italian art in town through visits to the Getty Villa, the Getty Center, UCLA, and the IIC; Traces of Italy reveals hidden signs of the Italian presence through elements of Italian art and craftsmanship in Downtown LA.

Visit the Italy Art LA website

Franklin Elementary Italian Dual Immersion Program Accepting Applications for 2014-2015

Date 12.09.2013

Applications for the 2014-2015 school year are being accepted now for the Franklin Elementary Italian Dual Immersion Program!

To enter Kindergarten, your child must be five (5) years old by September 1, 2014.

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 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 by January 31, 2014.

You must attend a tour of the school to complete your application process. Contact Ana Jones for tour information or call 818-243-1809.

To apply CLICK HERE.

Franklin Magnet School
1610 Lake St Glendale, CA 91201



Fondazione Italia Parent Screens Italian Short Film at Women’s Independent Film Festival – Dec. 14

Date 12.07.2013

The mother of one of our Burbank Primi Passi students has made a short film, “Hello from Rome” aka “Ciao da Roma”, that will be screening at the Women’s Independent Film Festival next Saturday, December 14 from 12-2 pm in Santa Monica. It is a short film she made while in Italy with her family over this past summer. It is entirely in Italian with English subtitles. She invites you all to come out and see it!

For more information and to purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

Lecture on Language and Social Justice in Northern Italy at CSULB on Dec. 7

Date 12.05.2013

The George L. Graziadio Center of Italian Studies at CSULB invites you to participate in “The Spanish Heritage Speaker in the Italian and French Language Classroom: A Workshop” and lecture on “Language and social justice in Northern Italy: The education of Spanish-speaking immigrants” presented by Kim Potowski, University of Illinois, Chicago.

Please feel free to invite colleagues or friends who might be interested in this topic.

California State University, Long Beach
Saturday, December 7 @ 9 am – 2 pm
Anatol Center, AS 119
(light breakfast and lunch will be provided

Please RSVP to Manuel Romero

Apply Now for NIAF Scholarships and Voyage of Discovery

Date 12.02.2013

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) annually awards scholarships to outstanding students in the summer for use during the following academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit and divided between two groups of students. Students must be of Italian heritage, have a GPA of at least 3.5, and be entering or already enrolled in college in the fall of 2014 to be eligible to apply.

Visit our Grants page for more information.

Italian AP Preparation Course Now Open for Enrollment!

Date 11.26.2013

This is an intermediate-to-pre-advanced level course organized by Fondazione Italia geared towards highly motivated high school students who wish to prepare for the AP Italian Language and Culture exam offered in May 2014.  The primary goal of this course is to help students develop critical thinking and practice all modes of communication while exploring topics reflecting multiple aspects of the Italian society and culture.  The curriculum is developed to meet the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century and lessons are organized around the themes recommended by the College Board.  This course is offered in collaboration with the UCLA Department of Italian. 

Spring 2014 Course Starts Saturday, January 18 and meets for 16 Saturdays from 2:00 – 4:30 pm.

Course Fee: $350

Location is UCLA – Rolfe Hall

For more information and to enroll CLICK HERE.

Orchestra Italiana del Cinema Performs “Beyond La Dolce Vita ” at Royce Hall on Nov. 22

Date 11.20.2013

ORCHESTRA ITALIANA DEL CINEMA presents, “BEYOND LA DOLCE VITA: A visual-symphonic homage to Italian Cinema.”

Friday, November 22 @ 8:00 pm
UCLA – Royce Hall

The expert musicianship of the Orchestra Italiana del Cinema, in collaboration with the best Los Angeles young music talents, combine to form an unforgettable multimedia concert, with poignant video segments, celebrating the partnership between music and film.

The concert will focus on one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century, Federico Fellini, perhaps best known in the English-speaking world for La Dolce Vita, a film that masterfully exemplifies Italian culture and style. Over his career Fellini won five Academy Awards, the highest number of Oscar wins for Best Foreign Language Film in history. Together with the Consulate General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, the Orchestra Italiana del Cinema will celebrate the Maestro’s life and achievements.

Orchestra Italiana del Cinema
(OIC) is the first Italian symphonic ensemble dedicated to the interpretation and performance of film music. Orchestra Italiana del Cinema is formed by young talents and seasoned professional players from the best Italian orchestras. The Orchestra was born inside Forum Music Village, the historic recording studios founded in the late 1960s by Ennio Morricone, Piero Piccioni, Armando Trovajoli, and Luis Bacalov. Its mission is to promote and perform the extraordinary original Italian soundtrack heritage through a continuous commitment to research, recovery and restoration.

For more information and to purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

Fondazione Italia Offers Scholarships to Children to Learn Italian

Date 11.18.2013

Fondazione Italia’s mission is to promote Italian language and culture to children from all backgrounds and income levels.  This scholarship opportunity is intended to help provide Italian language education to children to attend our extracurricular courses who otherwise would not have the opportunity to do so  for financial reasons.  Scholarships are subject to availability of funds.

Families can only apply once a year for a scholarship.

To download an application CLICK HERE. Application deadline is January 10, 2013.

Cinema Italiano! presents VINCERE at the Bowers Museum on Nov. 17

Date 11.15.2013

CINEMA ITALIANO! A Project of the Italian Cultural Arts Council presents VINCERE by Marco Bellocchio in Italian with English subtitles.

SUNDAY, November 17, 2013
Register & Refreshments: 1:30 pm
Showtime: 2:00 pm

Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
In the state-of-the art Norma Kershaw Auditorium

Admission fee of $10 Payable at Entrance $5 for Students (no need to RSVP).
Vincere (2009) is a film that is based on the life of the first wife of Benito Mussolini. This unusual and offbeat historical drama rests on a little-known conceit. Though seldom discussed in history books (and reportedly undisclosed for half a century), fascist dictator Benito Mussolini conceived an illegitimate son by a woman named Ida Dalser — a son Mussolini allowed to be born, acknowledged, and then promptly denied for the duration of his life. On a stylistic level, director Marco Bellocchio films this historical material with the passion, theatricality, lyricism, and tragedy of a classical Italian opera.

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.