National Children's Culinary Arts Festival BMore
the Baltimore Easter Egg Roll
Italian Arts and Culture
in collaboration with Enoch Pratt
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The National Museum of Italian American Heritage was born on April 11, 2017 and will open its doors in October 2018 at 5706 Bellona Avenue, Baltimore MD 21212
The purpose of the National Museum of Italian American Heritage is to document and honor the myriad of contributions made by the people of Italy and their descendants to the very fabric of American society from its earliest origins.
GRAZIE MILLE to our sponsors and partners:
Alma Food Imports
Baltimore Curriculum Project
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cheasapeake
Church of the Redeemer
Di Pasquale Espresso, Coffee and Tea
Di Pasquale Marketplace
Front Porch Church
Govans Presbyterian Church
Guilford Elementary and Middle School
Liberatore Restaurant Group
La Scala Ristorante
La Tavola Ristorante Italiano
Rigoni di Asiago
The Food Project
Weinman Family Foundation
William and Donna Matricciani
The Italian Cultural Center of Maryland was founded in 1955 by Professor Regina Levi-Bianchini Soria, Dr. Raffaele Canevaro and Mrs Helen Knipp as Circolo Culturale Italiano and incorporated in 1999 joining forces with than newly founded ItalCultura.
Professor Soria and Hon. Francesco Legaluppi, founder of Italcultura, decided to unite their efforts to be more incisive in promoting what people of Italy and their descendants were contributing in Maryland and especially in Baltimore City.
Professor Soria moved to the U.S. in 1940 and joined the Notre Dame college faculty in 1942, teaching Italian. A 1979 article in The Sun described her as a "a sturdy woman with a big smile, a living room populated principally with books and overstuffed furniture, a dedication to Italy and Italian culture, and a husky voice that gets a lot of exercise."
Prof. Soria was the first to point out what Italians have done in Baltimore when she organized in 1979, "The Marble Door," a conference about the influence of Italians in early Baltimore. In it, she discussed Enrico Causici, sculptor of the George Washington statue atop Baltimore's monument to the first president in Mount Vernon Place. She said she wanted the lectures to offset the negative image of Italians brought by The Godfather novel and films.
Prof. Soria’s efforts were first continued by Prof. Marcello Legaluppi and later by his son Hon. Francesco Legaluppi to this day as its chairman of the board.
Every day the Italian Cultural Center and its volunteers work to continue Prof. Soria’ s dream pointing out what people of Italy and their descendants are doing here in Maryland.
A memento of Professor Soria, the Center established THE REGINA LEVI-BIANCHINI SORIA AWARD that recognizes excellence in Philanthropy.
Since 1955 the Italian Cultural Center and its predecessors have been the leading organization promoting Italian American Heritage in Maryland for the community at-large.
The Italian Cultural Center Inc of Maryland is a 501C(3) charity registered in Maryland, promoting Italian Culture and Heritage in Maryland.
Monica E. Lapenta
Membership and Volunteers
Director of the Arts Program and Community Outreach
410 - 547-9934
BOARD OF ADVISORS:
Robert G. Baldassari
Jay I. Block, Esq.
Martina Celi, Arts and Cultural Committee
Mauro Dal Bo
Father Lou Esposito (chaplain)
John R. Karlsen
Prof. Pier Massimo and Virginia Forni
Monica E. Lapenta, President
Francesco L. Legaluppi, Board Chair
Marilena Marcantoni, Life is Beautiful Gala Co-Chair
Gioia Milano, Education Chair
Catherine Miserendino, Italian Language Promotion Chair
Louis Miserendino, Vice President
David P. Silver
Maria Serafini, Life is Beautiful Gala Co-Chair
A special thanks to:
Councilman Bill Henry
John and Stephanie Patti
Luisito and Marina Cercaci
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