News & Events

RAFFAELLO 500: The story of Raphael and Sebastiano del Piombo – Oct. 1

Date 09.28.2020

On the occasion the 500th anniversary of Raphael The Italian Cultural Institute of Toronto with the Italian Cultural Institutes in North America present, The story of Raphael and Sebastiano del Piombo Lecture by Matthias Wivel, Curator of Sixteenth-Century Italian Paintings, National Gallery in London. This lecture will attempt to chart the fiercely competitive and increasingly antagonist relationship between Raphael and the Venetian painter Sebastiano del Piombo — a situation that stimulated artistic breakthroughs for both painters, while also engendering those frequent occupational hazards for artists: paranoia and bitterness. Raphael’s Roman years, from 1508 till his sudden death in 1520, saw him undergoing one of the most prodigious periods of creative development in the history of Western art. His encounter with the ruins of antiquity and his continued assimilation of the inventions and approaches of his greatest contemporaries, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, has been charted in detail by scholars, but his creative, and mutually influential rivalry with a third major figure, Sebastiano del Piombo, has tended to be overlooked. Mostly, Sebastiano’s role has been cast as the proxy he in some ways was for Michelangelo in the great Florentine’s rivalry with Raphael, but his own aesthetic and technical contributions as an oil painter—the very qualities that attracted Michelangelo to him—have been underappreciated.

October 1 @ 12:00 pm (PST)

Registration required

FI’s Free Italian Culture Virtual Lecture Series Continues!

Date 09.23.2020

Check out our Fall schedule of FREE Italian culture lectures and workshops for adults and children!

Virtual Tour of “Contemporary Comics: Themes, Authors and Language in the Italian Graphic Novel”

Date 09.22.2020

Enjoy a virtual tour of this new exhibition that takes us on a journey through the themes, authors and language of comics in Italy. The exhibit also includes two exclusive interviews with the artists Davide Reviati and LRNZ also available on our YouTube channel.

This exhibition is organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles in anticipation of the 20th Italian Language Week in the World (October 19-25, 2020), with the theme of Italian Between Word and Image: Graffiti, Illustrations, Comic Books, and in collaboration with Lucca Crea & Lucca Comics & Games, an International festival of comics, animation, illustration, games and TV held every fall in Lucca, Tuscany. Lucca Comics & Games is considered the most important event in its sector in Italy and Europe.

Virtual Tour

K-12 Italian Art Contest Submission Deadline Extended to Oct. 15!

Date 09.22.2020

K-12 ITALIAN LANGUAGE ART CONTEST – Graffiti Art, Illustrations and Comics

In honor of the 20th edition of Week of the Italian Language in the World (October 19-25, 2020), Fondazione Italia, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles and the Italian Cultural Institute San Francisco and under the auspices of the Italian Consulate General in Los Angeles and the Italian Consulate General in San Francisco, is launching an art contest that will showcase kid’s creativity and their connection to the Italian language!

Please note! This contest is for K-12 students living in California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Contest Overview

Students in grades K-12 are asked to express themselves artistically on how Italian relates to their lives. Topics that could be explored include language as it relates to family, friends, where we live, gender, bilingualism in school, politics, etc… Expressive forms such as graffiti art, illustrations, cartoons, comics, graphic novels, and children’s books are all welcome!

Bruno Donzelli

Contest Requirements

*Participating student must be enrolled in K-12

*Works must be done by the student

*Size of the submission cannot exceed 11″ x 17″

*Must live in CA, NV, NM or AZ


Cash prizes will be given to six winners, two winners will each be chosen from below age groups.

*first place winners for K-4 – $50

*first place winners for 5-8 – $75

*first place winners for 9-12 – $100

Important Dates

October 15, 2020 – NEW! Submission Deadline

October 29, 2020 – Winners announced

All submissions will be photographed and displayed to the public in a virtual gallery on Fondazione Italia, the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles and the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco websites.

Download Application

Check Out the Istituto Italiano di Cultura’s Fall Calendar of Events

Date 09.03.2020

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles continues to offer a rich online program of cultural events! Don’t miss out!

Fall Calendar or Events

B1 Citizenship Certification Courses Start Next Week

Date 09.03.2020

As of 4 December 2018, an adequate knowledge of the Italian language, at least at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (Council of Europe 2001), is required when applying for Italian citizenship through marriage or residency.

Fondazione Italia offers several online course for different levels  that focus on teaching the necessary skills to pass the CILS B1 Citizenship test.

Course Schedule & Registration

Upcoming Test Dates are: October 22, 2020 and December 3, 2020. Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to register for the exam at a testing center near them.

Fall 2020 Italian Online Classes for Kids & Adults Now Open for Enrollment!

Date 08.03.2020

Check out our Fall selection of Italian classes for kids and adults! Online courses begin in September.

Schedule of Classes

The Legacy of Ancient Rome Virtual Seminar – Aug. 30

Date 07.30.2020

Despite their demise 1500 years ago, the Romans do not cease to influence modern Western society. Join Maestra Antonella on Sunday, August 30 @ 10:00 am PST for a free virtual seminar to explore the ways  Roman civilization still effect modern Western culture and how the legacy of the Caesars is still felt in modern Western society. Registration closes on Saturday, August 29. Presentation will be in English.


Online Gelato Making Class with Gelato Festival – Aug. 23

Date 08.07.2020

Learn the secrets to making authentic Italian gelato from technique to key products with the Gelato Festival Masters. To participate, you will need to have a gelato maker (be sure to follow the machine’s instructions to prep it before using it). Cost to participate in this virtual masterclass for gelato lovers is $50. Once registered participants will receive ingredients for two flavors and instructions. Please note: Gelato Festival can only delivery ingredients within Los Angeles County. If you do not live in Los Angeles County you can opt to choose the “Simply Watch the Masterclass” option when registering. 

Register Today!

This Gelato Masterclass is organized by the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West and made possible by the True Italian Taste campaign.

Italian Cooking Hacked! Gnocchi alla Romana – Aug. 12

Date 07.30.2020

Join Deborah Graci on August 12 at 12:00 pm PST as she walks you through this free virtual cooking lesson on how to make Semolina Gnocchi alla Romana, one of the most famous first courses originated in Lazio, Italy. This delicious and nutritious recipe is simple to prepare and can be brought to the table with many different seasonings. Presentation is in English. Register by August 11.