News & Events

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Hope Lives – January 25

Date 01.23.2018

Commemorate International Holocaust Memorial Day at the Museum of Tolerance, located in Los Angeles and in the presence of the Honorable Antonio Verde, Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles where Drew Principe, and the Holocaust survivor Henry Oster, will be honored with the award “Io ricordo…I remember”.
The names of the holocaust victims will be read and then the movie “I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Weisenthal”, narrated by Nikole Kidman will be screened.
January 25, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
9786 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Free event. Register

NEWS: How Immersion Teaches More Than Just Languages

Date 01.18.2018

When language and culture are taught together, dual-language immersion students can connect more deeply with bilingualism and the language they are learning, writes Angela Palmieri, a California sixth-grade language teacher. In this blog post, she shares ideas for how educators can use cultural practices that draw from the arts, music and traditions to enrich language learning beyond words.
Franklin Elementary School in Glendale offers a K-6 Italian dual-immersion program.

FOOD: Prosciutto, A Staple on the Italian Family Table

Date 01.16.2018

Ah, prosciutto – that lovely, pink hued, paper-thin sliced meat that has delighted Italy’s residents for at least 3,000 years.  Believed to have taken its name from the Latin word proexsuctus, meaning literally to suck out the moisture, the formula for creating prosciutto sounds quite simple: take a ham hock, add salt, wait. But alas, nothing is ever as simple as it seems!

Read the full article from Italo-Americano!



Italian Heritage Night with the LA Clippers on Jan. 22

Date 01.12.2018

LA Clippers present Italian Heritage Night on Monday, January 22, 2018 vs Minnesota Timberwolves at 7:30PM. Order your tickets online, use promo code “ITALIAN”, and receive a commemorative T-shirt.

We look forward to seeing you at the game!

Grammar Workshop – “Passato Prossimo vs. Imperfetto – Mission Possible!” Jan. 20

Date 01.12.2018

Passato Prossimo and Imperfetto are two past tenses Italians use a lot. For English speakers, it is a real struggle to use them properly because Italian language includes variants of the past tenses that either don’t exist at all in English, or correlate inconsistently with their English counterparts. Under the guidance of one of Fondazione Italia’s most experienced teachers, Lorena Bignamini, you will be given a wide range of tools to master the use of these tenses in order to help you become more comfortable and familiar with when to use the Passato Prossimo and Imperfetto.

Saturday, January 20
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Bellarmine School – 154 N. 5th Street, Burbank

Cost: $45

Space is limited – Enroll Today!


Submission Deadline for Kids Italian Language Video Contest is Jan. 15!

Date 01.12.2018

In honor of Italian Language Day, Fondazione Italia, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles,  would like to propose a fun contest that will showcase kids creativity and Italian language ability, while pushing them to tap into Italian culture.

Contest Overview

Students in grades K-12 are asked to create a “commercial” or promotional spot to talk about or “sell” their favorite Italian product, Italian travel destination, book, music, Italian fashion item, Italian food, museum, artist, artwork etc. The possibilities for kids to talk about what they love about Italy are limitless!

Contest Requirements

  1. Kids must be enrolled in K-12
  2. Their commercial/promotional spot must be in Italian
  3. Their commercial/promotional spot cannot exceed three minutes
  4. Video submitted should be in MP4 or QuickTime format
  5. Groups of up to four kids in one video okay


Cash prizes will be given to three winners! Each winner will be chosen from below age groups.

  1. one first place winner for K-4 – $50 Cash Prize
  2. one first place winner for 5-8 – $50 Cash Prize
  3. one first place winner for 9-12 – $75 Cash Prize

The winning videos across all three age groups will be showcased on June 2nd, 2018 during the celebration of Italy’s National Day and the students will receive recognition from the Consul General.

Application & Guidelines

Important Dates

Jan. 15, 2018 – Video Submission with Application Deadline
Mar. 02, 2018 – Winners announced
June 2, 2018 –  Award Ceremony

Snowflake Ball at Garibaldina Society on Jan. 20

Date 01.11.2018

The Garibaldina Society is an Italian organization that has the stability, experience, and prestige of over 140 years of history. It is important for them to honor and preserve Italian traditions that the club has embraced and to also create a community that ensures they continue to celebrate Italian culture for generations to come. They have monthly dinner dances, bocce, activities, and excursions.

The Snowflake Ball is their first event of 2018. Dinner, dancing, wine and music!

Saturday. January 20 at 6:00 pm
Garibaldina Snowflake Ball
4533 North Figueroa, Los Angeles

$42 for non-members
This is an adults only semi-formal event

RSVP by January 12th to


IAMLA Calls for Artist Submissions for Upcoming Exhibit

Date 01.09.2018

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles presents, “Italianitá: Artists of the Italian Diaspora Reflect on History and Identity” – A Temporary Exhibition of Visual Art that Explores the Italian Diaspora.

About the exhibition: In the arts, the term diaspora refers to artists who have migrated from one part of the world to another, or whose ancestors have. Their diverse experiences figure prominently in their work, which often touches upon themes such as hyphenated or dual identity; memory; shared and non-shared rituals; community; history; faith; contemporary issues; dislocation, and migration. The artists frequently facilitate alternative narratives, promote understanding of the group’s multi-layered identity, and challenge the structures of the established art world.

Using the visual arts as a vehicle, Italianitá will showcase the history and cultural richness of the Italian Diaspora, and celebrate the beliefs, practices, traditions, and customs connected to these movements. It will showcase work by some of the most revered artists of the Italian Diaspora.

To qualify for inclusion artists must: 1) Have been born in Italy OR be the child, grandchild, great-grandchild, etc. of Italian immigrants, 2) No longer reside in Italy, 3) Complete and submit the Submission Form.

Artists who do not meet these criteria or who fail to complete the Submission Form will be disqualified. The selection process is extremely competitive. Artists may submit works in any visual arts medium: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry, photography, textile, multimedia, installation, mixed media, etc. A maximum of three submissions per artist will be considered.

DO NOT mail or bring original artwork to the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles or the IAMLA administrative offices; it will be rejected. The IAMLA is not responsible for work that was not specifically accepted in writing for inclusion in the exhibition and will not incur costs for the work’s storage or return.

DEADLINE: February 1, 2018 Submissions made after the deadline will not be considered.

La Befana Comes Tonight!

Date 01.05.2018

In Italian folklore, Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5).

A popular belief is that her name derives from the Feast of Epiphany or in Italian La Festa dell’Epifania. Epifania (Epiphany in English) is a Latin word with Greek origins. “Epiphany” means either the “Feast of the Epiphany” (January 6) or “manifestation (of the divinity).”Some suggest that Befana is descended from the Sabine/Roman goddess named Strenia.

In popular folklore Befana visits all the children of Italy on the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany to fill their socks with candy and presents if they are good, or a lump of coal or dark candy if they are bad. In many poorer parts of Italy and in particular rural Sicily, a stick in a stocking was placed instead of coal. Being a good housekeeper, many say she will sweep the floor before she leaves. To some the sweeping meant the sweeping away of the problems of the year. The child’s family typically leaves a small glass of wine and a plate with a few morsels of food, often regional or local, for the Befana.

She is usually portrayed as a hag riding a broomstick through the air wearing a black shawl and is covered in soot because she enters the children’s houses through the chimney. She is often smiling and carries a bag or hamper filled with candy, gifts, or both. She is also referred to as the Christmas Witch.

“La befana vien di notte
con le scarpe tutte rotte
col cappello alla romana:
Viva viva la Befana

Fondazione Italia’s Online Language Courses Start Next Week-Enroll by Jan. 4 for discount!

Date 01.02.2018

Learn Italian from home with Fondazione Italia! We offer online courses for teens and adults throughout the year. Fondazione Italia’s 8-week online courses are held in virtual classrooms with native Italian speaking teachers with years of experience teaching Italian in traditional and online settings.

Online class begins for adult and teen students meet on weekday evenings and begin week of January 8.

Course costs $250.

$50 off if you enroll by January 4!

Schedule and enrollment information.