News & Events

Fondazione Italia Announces 2013-2014 Grant Recipients

Date 07.29.2013

Fondazione Italia proudly announces the recipients of the Italian government funded 2013-2014 Italian Language Grant Program!

Every year grants are offered to schools in Southern California in an effort to promote and support the teaching of the Italian language and culture in schools outside of Italy. This year six elementary schools, three middle schools, and seven high schools have been awarded grants to either start an Italian Program in their schools or to support an existing program.

The following schools have been awarded a grant for the upcoming academic school year: Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Coeur D’Alene Elementary, Oxford Preparatory – Chino Hills, Oxford Preparatory – Mission Viejo, Valor Christian Academy, Washington Elementary, DeAnza Academy of Technology & the Arts, Hilltop Middle School, Mark Twain Middle School, CHAMPS Charter High School, Hilltop High School, JFK High School, Pali Charter High School, Patriot High School, San Pedro High School, Ventura High School.

For more information on this grant program and to download an application form for 2014-2015 CLICK HERE.

Visconti’s “Senso” at the Bower’s Museum July 21 @ 2:00 p.m.

Date 07.16.2013

The Italian Cultural Arts Council presents, Cinema Italiano!

Directed by Luchino Visconti

SUNDAY, July 21, 2013 @ 2:00 p.m.
(reception/refreshments at 1:30 p.m.)

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

Adults $10, Students: $5 (no need to RSVP)

Venezia, spring of 1866, in the last days of the Austrian occupation. A performance of Il Trovatore ends up in confusion due to an anti-Austrian demonstration, organized by Count Ussoni. His cousin Countess Serpieri falls in love with vile Austrian Lieutenant Franz Mahler, but the times are changing.

In 1866, in the spring of Venice, an underground rebel movement against the Austrian occupation in Italy is getting stronger. The married Countess Livia Serpieri (Alida Valli) sees her cousin challenging the Austrian Lieutenant Franz Mahler (Farley Granger) for a duel in the opera and being arrested and sent to the exile for one year. When she meets Mahler, she first hates him but after a night together walking along the streets in Venice, she falls deeply in love for him, becoming his mistress. When the war starts, she moves to her property in the country missing Mahler. When he visits her during a night, she forgets her principles, decency and betrayals her cause with cruel and tragic consequences.

Fondazione Italia Nominated For Red Tricycle Award – Votaci!

Date 07.06.2013

Fondazione Italia has been selected as one of the finalists for the 2013 Red Tricycle’s Totally Awesome Awards in the Most Awesome Kids Language Classes category in Los Angeles and Orange County! We need your votes to win so help us get the word out and VOTE for us! The voting period will run from July 1 to August 15. It only takes a minute to cast your vote.

Click here to cast your vote for Fondazione Italia, Grazie!

Alitalia Offers Special Discount to AP Italian Students

Date 06.24.2013

Alitalia understands the importance of maintaining and promoting the Italian language in the United States.Therefore, thanks to a partnership between the Embassy of Italy in Washington and Alitalia, they will extend a 5% student discount dedicated to AP Italian Language students traveling in economy class from the USA to Italy with Alitalia. All students who take the Italian Advanced Placement test are eligible to receive this discount.Now that you’ve learned the language, put it to the test while immersing yourself in Italy’s culture, history, archeological sites and of course, mouth-watering cuisine. 

Alitalia currently operates nonstop service to Rome from 6 USA gateways including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and New York-JFK.  We also offer nonstop service to Milan-Malpensa from JFK airport.  Students traveling from cities within the United States, not serviced by Alitalia, can conveniently connect to one of our gateways with our JV partner Delta Airlines.

For more information or to purchase a dedicated Italian AP student discounted ticket, please write to Alitalia Sales

Remember to include your name and preferred contact details along with intended dates of travel, your originating USA airport and desired destination in Italy.  You must also submit your advance placement confirmation letter at time of booking.  The discount will not be applied without the confirmation letter.

Fare conditions and restrictions may apply. Alitalia reserves the right to retract this offer at any time.

Italian Immersion Summer Camp for Kids in Glendale Starts July 8th!

Date 06.24.2013

Fondazione Italia’s Italian Immersion Summer Camp in Glendale 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!

Click on our classes page and then click on Summer Camps to find out more!

May 19th – Kids Italian Puppet Show and Workshop at the IIC!

Date 05.09.2013

On Sunday, May 19th at 11:00 a.m., The Global Theatre Project in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute and in collaboration with Fondazione Italia present, La Rana e il suo Cocco – The impossible love between a frog and a crocodile, a puppet performance and workshop for children ages 4-13. Bernard Vandal and Alessandro Grisolini from TeatroLà in Florence, Italy. The puppet performance will be presented in Italian while the workshop on puppetry will be conducted in both Italian and English.

SUNDAY, MAY 19 @ 11:00 AM
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
1023 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel. (310) 443-3250

This event is offered free to the public. Please RSVP to by May 16th.

To participate in the puppet workshop, each child (and parent if they like!) is asked to please bring a sock (all other materials needed will be supplied).

May 19th – Screening of Fellini’s Amacord at the Bower’s Museum

Date 05.09.2013

On Sunday, May 19th at 2:00 p.m., The Italian Arts Council Renaissance Foundation presents, Cinema Italiano! A special screening of the Federico Fellini film, Amacord, at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana.

Screening will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Bowers Museum located at 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706 in the state-of-the art, ultra deluxe Norma Kershaw Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students (no need to RSVP). 1:30- 2:00 p.m., Reception to include coffee and refreshments.

May 21st – Florentine and Los Angeles Artists Come Together in Los Angeles for a Youth Initiative

Date 05.09.2013

The Global Theatre Project, with international offices in Florence, Italy, invites students, educators and community members to
celebrate a collaboration between the cities of Florence and Los Angeles, share a creative exploration on the theme of IMMIGRATION, and the launch of a year-long project with youth under their new Creative Corps program. The goal of the Creative Corps program is to introduce the question of global citizenship to students by developing opportunities for them to connect to international communities and socially relevant themes through intellectual inquiry and creative expression. The evening will consist of video, live performances by Italian and American artists and a discussion with Los Angeles and visiting artists from Florence.

Tuesday, May 21st @ 7:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Theatre @ Autry Museum in Griffith Park
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027

For more information on The Global Theatre Project please visit:

Attendance and parking is free. Please RSVP to: or call 818-823 0891.