News & Events

LECTURE: Italy’s Jews from Emancipation to Fascism – April 23

Date 04.19.2018

Chapman University
Monday April 23rd at 7pm | Leatherby Libraries, Lower Level B03. Center for American War Letters

“Italian for Travelers” Language Workshop – May 5

Date 04.19.2018

If you are planning a trip to Italy this workshop will help you get ready to impress the locals! During this fun workshop with one of Fondazione Italia’s most experienced and entertaining teachers, Lorena Bignamini, you will be exposed to situations that you are likely to encounter when traveling, checking-in to hotels, making reservations, ordering in a restaurant, meeting people, shopping, ordering a gelato and more! You will learn and practice speaking key Italian words and phrases so you can get the most out of your Italian vacation. This workshop is intended for students with little or no previous exposure to Italian but all levels are welcome! Both Italian and English will be spoken during the workshop.

Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Bellarmine School – 154 N. 5th Street, Burbank
Cost: $45 per student

Enroll Today!




CineFesta ITALIA film Festival Los Angeles – April 24

Date 04.17.2018

CineFesta Italia Santa Fe comes to Los Angeles for the first time with a special event  that celebrates the Official Selections from the Festival’s first-ever international competition.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
6:30 PM
Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue – Los Angeles, CA 90024
Doors open at 6:00 PM
Event starts at 6:30 PM

Audience Choice Awards as chosen by the Santa Fe audiences will be presented in the Best ShortBest Narrative Feature and Best Documentary categories and the award winning short film and feature film will be screened at the Institute. Winners will be announced on April 22 in Santa Fe.

Actors and filmmakers will be in attendance for the Los Angeles screenings. 

Organized by the IIC Los Angeles in collaboration CineFesta Italia.

Limited seating. RSVP mandatory.


Scholarship Opportunity to Study in Recanati, Italy!

Date 04.09.2018

Apply for a 48% scholarship to study in Recanati, Italy! A four-week program with housing in double occupancy room would only cost 888 euro! Scuola Dante Alighieri – Campus L’Infinito Recanati has a long tradition in teaching Italian language and culture to foreign students. The school is located in the historic center of Recanati, a beautiful town in central Italy, rich in beautiful scenery, interesting cultural events, gastronomic, folkloric festivals and magnificent works of art. The Scholarship does not include airfare.

Deadline to Apply is April 20, 2018

Scholarship Application & More Information

“Paint & Speak Italian” Art Workshop for Kids in West LA – April 14

Date 04.03.2018

Children ages five and older are invited to experience a “Paint and Speak” Italian art workshop led by Italian artist and language teacher Ylenia Mino! The goal of this workshop is use the artistic medium of painting and creativity to augment a child’s Italian language skills. In an artistic/linguistic environment, children tend to be more focused, learn quicker and gain excellent developmental benefits including increased self-confidence, enhanced creativity and awareness of their abilities. Students will explore their creativity while learning Italian! This workshop is intended for all proficiency levels including absolute beginners. English will be spoken only if needed as Ylenia guides each student in the creation of a wonderful painting.

Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Montessori Garden – 10551 Holman Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Cost: $28 per student*

*art materials are included in the price of the workshop

Enroll Today!

LECTURE: Cinema and Culture: An Italian Perspective – April 7

Date 04.03.2018

Cinema and Culture: An Italian Perspective will be a unique opportunity to learn about 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


A Cena con Amici! – Italian Dinner & Conversation Workshop – April 14

Date 03.27.2018

Join Fondazione Italia and the wonderful Italian chefs from Saor Project™ for a wonderful evening of Italian food and conversation! This evening is intended to give you an opportunity to speak in Italian while increasing your culinary vocabulary and knowledge of Italian food traditions. In this unique center with like-minded Italian language and food lovers you will interact with the chefs and then sit down to a four-course meal in the tradition of Italian social gathering experiences. The conversation will be guided by one of Fondazione Italia’s most experienced and fun teachers, Lorena Bignamini. This language and food experience evening is geared towards beginner and elementary level Italian language students but all levels are welcome!

Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Private Home in Glendale
*Cost: $55 per person

Menù “All’Arancia”

Antipasto – Fennel Salad with Oranges and Olives
Primo – Risotto with Champagne and Orange
Secondo – Orange Chicken with Potatoes and Spinach
Dolce – Panna cotta

*Per person price includes food and wine.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, April 10.

 Enroll Today!

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