The Italian American Museum is undergoing major reconstruction. The new building is expected to be complete by Spring 2021. Please visit our page and website (www.ItalianAmericanMuseum.org) for updates and upcoming events.
New York State Governor Kathy Hochul Announces $1 Million In Funding For Italian American Museum
Money Will Help Museum Complete Its New Building in Little Italy
New York, March 16 - New York Sate Governor Kathy Hochul (D-NY) today announced the state will award the Italian American Museum $1 million in funding to help the museum complete construction of its new headquarters at 151 Mulberry Street in historic Little Italy.
"Whether in government, business, public safety or in the arts, Italian Americans have been integral in building and strengthening New York State. I'm proud to honor the legacy and heritage of New York's Italian American community, the largest in the United States, by announcing $1 million in state funding to help complete construction of the Italian American Museum in Little Italy, said Governor Hochul.
“As we build back our economy, my administration is fully committed to supporting New York’s diverse communities and embracing our rich cultural heritage."
The Governor made the announcement during a meeting with Italian American community leaders at her New York City office, where she also commemorated St. Joseph’s Day (March 19) a culturally important date for those of Italian heritage.
The new museum will be a four-story structure adjacent to a new condominium project at the corner of Grand and Mulberry Streets. It is scheduled to open to the public later this year.
“We are extremely grateful to Governor Hochul for recognizing the importance of preserving Little Italy’s past by looking to the future,” said Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa, founder and president of the Italian American Museum. “This generous gesture will go far in helping to create a world-class cultural institution that will serve as a community cultural anchor.”
The museum will feature both permanent and temporary exhibits, as well as lectures, presentations, and performances.
Founded in 2001, the Italian American Museum is dedicated to exploring the rich cultural heritage of Italy and Italian Americans by presenting the individual and collective struggles and achievements of Italians and their heirs to the American way of life. The Museum received its provisional charter from the New York State Board of Regents on June 12, 2001 and is a 501(c)(3) organization.
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The Italian American Museum celebrates Women's History Month
On March 8, 1946, a group of Italian women chose the mimosa flower as a symbol of strength, sensibility and sensitivity for Women's Day.
The Antonio Meucci Essay Contest is open to all students in grades 9-12 who attend either public or private school in New York City. The contest invites students to have fun as they discover, research, and explore one of the four essay topics listed below.
The Young Inventors’ Competition is open to all students in grades 3 through 8 who attend either public or private school in New York City and Long Island. The contest invites students to present an original idea for a new invention or an improvement upon an existing one. The invention can be anything from a kitchen gadget to a machine.
February 22, 2022: Installation of steel frame for the facade on the new Italian American Museum is complete
On February 22nd, the Italian American Museum received a set of artifacts pertaining to Detective Georgianna DeRosa. The artifacts were donated by Howard Teich. Detective DeRosa was one of the NYPD's first female police officers.
Pictured (left to right): Lisa Ackerman, Executive Director, Columbus Citizens Foundation, Juliette Papa, Reporter, 1010 WINS Radio, Howard Teich, Donor, Det. DeRosa artifacts, Marian Pardo, Chairperson, Columbus Citizens Foundation, Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa, Founder and President, Italian American Museum, Michael Arena, Board Member, Columbus Citizens Foundation
The National Organization of Italian American Women is now accepting applications for its annual Scholarship Program, which provides financial awards annually to highly qualified Italian American women enrolled in college and graduate school. Preferential consideration is given to applicants who have demonstrated excellence in Italian studies, education, and language.
Since 1980, NOIAW has awarded scholarships annually to accomplished women of Italian descent. While their academic passions vary, all of the scholarship winners share a strong connection to their Italian heritage and a history of academic excellence.
Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited US academic institution for undergraduate or graduate study. Applicants must be citizens of the United States and are required to demonstrate financial need. The minimum GPA required is 3.5.
Scholarship Application Deadline:
Friday, March 18th, 2022
All applicants will be notified by end of April 2022
Winners should try to be present at NOIAW’s Annual Luncheon in New York where the scholarship awards will be presented (whether in person or virtually).
Steel frame for the facade installed on the new Italian American Museum (February 16, 2022).