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Michelangelo: Mind of the Master at the Getty – now through June 7

Date 02.26.2020

Michelangelo: Mind of the Masterat the Getty Museum. This exhibition explores the full range of his work as a painter sculptor, and architect through more than two dozen of his extraordinary drawings.

Michelangelo was one of the most creative and influential artists in the history of Western art. This exhibition explores the full range of his work as a painter, sculptor, and architect through more than two dozen of his extraordinary drawings, including designs for celebrated projects such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling, the Medici Chapel tombs, and The Last Judgment. These studies and sketches enable us to witness Michelangelo at work, and to experience firsthand his boundless creativity and his pioneering representation of the human form.

This exhibition has been organized by the Teylers Museum, Haarlem in collaboration with the J. Paul Getty Museum and The Cleveland Museum of Art. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Now through June 7

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Patrons of Italian Culture announce scholarship for high school seniors

Date 03.01.2020

The Patrons of Italian Culture have announced a scholarship opportunity for graduating high school seniors wishing to incorporate Italian language and Cultural Studies into their course of study in college. Full Time High School Seniors who are currently enrolled in Italian language classes and who have been accepted to an accredited College or University are eligible for consideration for this scholarship. A commitment to a major or minor in Italian Language or Italian Studies is strongly recommended, however, consideration will be given to the applicant’s final course of study.

Scholarships will be awarded in various amounts. Funding of all scholarships will be deposited to the account of the student at the academic institution he or she will be attending.

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2020.

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Gelato Making Workshops in Italian at Gelato Festival – March 15

Date 02.06.2020

Put your Italian into action! Fondazione Italia is working with Gelato Festival in West Hollywood to offer our students and friends a unique experience. Kids and adults are invited enroll to attend a two-hour gelato making workshop that will be presented in Italian.

Two-hour workshop includes a history of gelato lesson, the creation of two flavors, games and a gift bag! Special discount offered for these workshops!

Sunday, March 15 @ Gelato Festival – 8906 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood

Kids Workshop (ages 6-13): 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – $52

Adult Workshop: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – $92

please note: minimum number of participants is required. Registration closes on March 12.

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Family Festa di Carnevale in Irvine – March 7

Date 02.06.2020

Join Fondazione Italia on Saturday, March 7th in Irvine for our annual CARNEVALE party! Enjoy fine Italian food and special carnevale treats, a costume contest for children and adults, arts & crafts, a Venetian photo booth, a bounce house, story time, music and more!

Festa di Carnevale! IRVINE
Saturday, March 7
Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Clubhouse at 10 Meadow Valley in Irvine

$15 in advance (per family) / $20 at the door (per family)

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FERRARI Trento DOC Sparkling par Excellence Tasting at IIC – March 3

Date 02.21.2020

Discover Italy’s Most Awarded Sparkling Wines and the Official Sparkling Wine of Emmy Awards Season! Jamie Stewart, brand ambassador of Ferrari Trento DOC in USA, & Michael Young, CA State Manager, Taub Family Selections will guide you through a tasting of Ferrari Brut Metodo Classico Ferrari Perlé Metodo Classico 2013 Ferrari Reserva Lunelli Metodo Classico 2006.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020|6 – 8 pm @ IIC Los Angeles

1023 Hilgard Avenue Los Angeles CA 90024

Fees: $60 (member)/$65 (non-member)

RSVP mandatory to or 310 824 7408

IACCW’S AperiGelato at Gelato Festival – February 27

Date 02.21.2020

Mingle and network at the most exclusive AperiGelato in LA!

The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West, is featuring an exclusive Networking event for IACCW Members and Business Community network at Our Member, Gelato Festival’s venue. Mingle and enjoy Italy’s latest Aperitivo trend: AperiGelato and gastronomic gelato!

IACCW Members ONLY, enjoy discounted access, please check your email for discount code!

Gelato Festival – 8906 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069)

February 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Ticket Purchase & Registration is Mandatory



VALET PARKING AVAILABLE AT KIMPTON LA PEER HOTEL, located at 627 N La Peer Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069

The Traditional Puppet Theater of Italy Revived

Date 02.13.2020

In his new book, The Image of the Puppet, Fondazione Italia friend and collaborator, Dr. Federico Pacchioni, identifies and interprets the aesthetic and cultural significance of the different traditions of the Italian puppet theater in the broader Italian culture and beyond. Grounded in the often-overlooked history of the evolution of different Italian puppetry traditions –the central and northern Italian stringed marionettes, the Sicilian pupi, the glove puppets of the Po Valley, and the Neapolitan Pulcinella– this study examines a wide spectrum of visual, cinematic, literary, and digital texts representative of the functions and themes of the puppet. A systematic analysis of the meanings ascribed to the idea and image of the puppet provides a unique vantage point to observe the perseverance and transformation of the deeper spiritual and humanistic values linking pre-modern, modern, and contemporary contexts. With the current advancement of cybernetics, avatars, animation, and virtual reality games, a thorough understanding of how the puppet metaphor originates from specific theatrical practices and media can be relevant today.

Click here to view Publisher’s webpage.

Los Angeles, Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival in Hollywood Feb. 2 – 8

Date 02.03.2020

15th edition of the annual Festival organized by the Istituto Capri nel Mondo with MIBACT in collaboration with ICE, SIAE, Anica, and Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles under the auspices of Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles.

For more information please visit

Sunday, February 02, 2020 – Saturday, February 08, 2020

Organized by : Capri in the World Institute and MiBACT

In collaboration with : ICE, SIAE, Anica, and Italian Cultural Institute under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles

Entrance : Free

CILS B1 Citizenship online prep class now open for enrollment

Date 02.01.2020

This online class that meets Tuesday evenings is designed for intermediate level students who wish to take the June 4, 2020 CILS exam to obtain Italian citizenship.

10-week course starts March 24, 2019.

More information and to enroll

Applications for Scholarship to Study Italian in Recanati, Italy Now Available

Date 01.30.2020

Study Italian at the Dante Alighieri School in Recanati (in Marches). Supported by the University of Camerino, the 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.

They offer a wide range of courses and programs to all age students and are the official partner of Perugia’s University for Foreign Students CELI and DILS exams. The University of Camerino, established in 1336, is one of the oldest universities in Italy and assures its students high academic quality, high quality of life and technologically advanced services in harmony with nature.

80% 4-week Scholarship being offered includes:

  • Intensive language Course 100 hours (80 hours of language and 20 hours of Italian culture)
  • Accommodation  in double bedroom
  • 8 cultural visits guided by teachers (Rome or Venice, Florence, Assisi, Bologna, Ancona and other towns of the Marche region )
  • Recreational Activities (welcome cocktail, evening of Italian music and songs, international dinner, certificate presentation and farewell lunch)

The value of this 4-week course is 1.148 euro. With scholarship you pay only 380 euro!

Winners will be selected at random.

The scholarships can only be used for courses offered in the months of March, August and November 2020.

Deadline to apply is February 29, 2020

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