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Carla Gambesci will present a virtual lecture entitled, "Italian Christmas Traditions" on Sunday, December 6th at 4:00 p...
12/04/2020

Carla Gambesci will present a virtual lecture entitled, "Italian Christmas Traditions" on Sunday, December 6th at 4:00 pm est

This FREE program is made possible to the Italian American Museum thanks to the generosity of the Columbus Citizen Foundation

Register for Zoom Meeting at the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArc-2hqzgoHNa7xn2nzGfv3wW0zsgDPxUy

New children's book featuring a Sicilian American story to be released just in time for Christmas.  Museum members recie...
12/04/2020

New children's book featuring a Sicilian American story to be released just in time for Christmas. Museum members recieve 20% discount!

To receive your 20% discount on any purchase of Let’s Eat Snails!, please call NewSouth Books directly at 334-834-3556 for payment by credit card. Callers need only mention membership in the Italian American Museum to qualify for the discount. Please order by December 20th at the latest in order to receive your books by Christmas.

About the book:

"Let’s Eat Snails!" celebrates Italian-American culture through a story that introduces kids to its familial and culinary traditions. When Margie visits the Barcellona family home, she isn’t ready for what the Sicilian family is bringing to the table: snails! Margie embarks on a culinary adventure in harvesting, purifying, and cooking snails to find that they are, in fact, delizioso! Savor this heartwarming tale from author Barbara Barcellona-Smith’s childhood, delightfully illustrated by the prolific Karen Lewis. "Let’s Eat Snails!" recognizes our differences and shows that what sets us apart also brings us together.

Italian American Songstress Vanessa Racci to Perform Virtual Christmas Show on Saturday, December 12th at 7:00PMChristma...
12/04/2020
VANESSA RACCI ~ A Quarantine Christmas

Italian American Songstress Vanessa Racci to Perform Virtual Christmas Show on Saturday, December 12th at 7:00PM

Christmas is Vanessa Racci's favorite holiday. Though it will be different this year, Vanessa does not want to stop celebrating and spreading the cheer. That's why she's performing a virtual Christmas Show on Saturday, Dec 12th, at 7pm via Metropolitan Zoom singing your favorite Christmas tunes.

Click here to purchase tickets:

https://metropolitanzoom.ticketleap.com/vanessa-racci-121220/dates/Dec-12-2020_at_0700PM

While Christmas is different this year, we can't stop celebrating the holiday and wonderful family memories. So on Dec 12th, Vanessa Racci will be performing your favorite Christmas songs virtually and offering an option for reading a song dedication and special Christmas memory to a person of your....

In Memoriam: David N. DinkinsHe was a friend to the Italian American community and during the 1992 Quincentennial Celebr...
11/24/2020

In Memoriam: David N. Dinkins

He was a friend to the Italian American community and during the 1992 Quincentennial Celebration of Columbus' arrival in the Americas he was quoted as saying, "Whether you came here on the top of the boat or on the bottom of the boat, we are all in the same boat now". May he rest in peace.

Italian American Museum
11/17/2020

Italian American Museum

Italian American Museum's cover photo
11/17/2020

Italian American Museum's cover photo

Dear friends,We are pleased to report that we have topped off our new building and the new brick facade is being applied...
11/17/2020

Dear friends,

We are pleased to report that we have topped off our new building and the new brick facade is being applied. Below please find pictures of the new building and the brick facade.

Due to COVID-19 we have postponed all of our fundraising activities for the year including our annual Golf Classic and Ambasciatore Awards dinner. However, we ask that you be as generous as possible during this time of our Annual Appeal since it will be our sole fundraiser for 2020. Please know that we sincerely appreciate your contributions and that funds raised will be used to support the construction for the new building.

We do so look forward to seeing you again at the reopening of the “New” Italian American Museum in Fall 2021. We will be bigger and better than ever before.

Thank you for your continued support of our Italian American Museum.

Andrà tutto bene!

Respectfully,

Uff. Prof. Joseph V. Scelsa

To make make your tax deductible contribution online, please visit our website at www.ItalianAmericanMuseum.org and click on "Support" . Thank you!

The Italian American Museum congratulates Basil Russo on being named President of the Conference of Presidents of Major ...
11/03/2020
Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations

The Italian American Museum congratulates Basil Russo on being named President of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations

About the Conference of Presidents:

The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations is dedicated to strengthening the spiritual, social, and cultural ties between its constituent members nationwide in order to assist them in maintaining and strengthening initiatives that enhance the image of Italian America, that foster Italian American contributions to the social, scientific, and cultural well-being of our community, and that advance the spirit of the Italian civilization in America.

https://copomiao.org/

We are a coalition of presidents from independent Italian American organizations across the United States. We are united by our steadfast commitment to love for our Italian heritage. About Our Conference The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations is dedicated to strengtheni...

11/03/2020
2020 CCF Celebration Weekend's Honored Guest: Dr. Anthony Fauci

Columbus Citizens Foundation Launches The Dr. Anthony Fauci Scholarship

Cari Amici -

We continue to celebrate Italian Heritage Month and it’s fitting to spotlight one of our special highlights of 2020's Columbus Celebration weekend: the presence of our Honored Guest Dr. Anthony S. Fauci.

Dr. Fauci joined our leadership donors at a VIP Reception, and then spoke to all our 2020 Gala guests. He also recorded an interview for our ABC special celebrating Italian Heritage and Achievement. The video below features highlights from all three events.

In 2021 the Foundation will award the first Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Scholarship to the student who best exemplifies Dr. Fauci's commitment to public health, and has been accepted into an accredited graduate program in medicine or public health.

​Please share this email, as well as our Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Scholarship webpage, with any friends and family who can help make this exciting new initiative a reality for tomorrow's leaders in public health.

Con affetto,

Lisa Ackerman, Executive Director

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-HvzPRQAL0

CCF is honored to be launching our Dr. Anthony Fauci Scholarship to be awarded annually from 2021 onward. In this video, you can view excerpts from Dr. Fauci...

In honor of the 100th Birthday Anniversary of Federico Fellini the IHCC of NY, Inc. presents a series of weekly online d...
11/03/2020

In honor of the 100th Birthday Anniversary of Federico Fellini the IHCC of NY, Inc. presents a series of weekly online discussions about Fellini and his films, facts and fantasy

Lecture: Wednesday, November 4th, 5:00–6:30 pm

Panel on Federico Fellini: Paolo Ceratto, Giancarlo Lombardi, Eugenia Paulicelli

Click here to register for webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B2Umh_TtRVyqu_FuNgbnAQ

Paolo Ceratto is a former United Nations director who worked for different UN programs and agencies in Africa, Europe, and North America for thirty-three years. He has recently retired and served as "Consigliere" in the Museo del Cinema of Torino (his birthplace) and written two books: Il Lungo Film di Fellini (Bonanno editore, 2019) and Caterina Boratto, Una Regalità Completa (Daniela Piazza, editore 2014). The latter book is about his mother who featured in 3 Fellini films: 8 1/2, Giulietta degli Spiriti and Bloc Notes di un Regista.

Giancarlo Lombardi is professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at the College of Staten Island and at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he serves as executive officer of the MA/PhD Program in Comparative Literature. He is the author of Rooms with a View: Feminist Diary Fiction and the co-editor of Terrorism Italian Style and Remembering Aldo Moro, both dedicated to cultural representations of Italian political terrorism.

Eugenia Paulicelli is the founding director of Italian Cinema–CUNY (IC-CUNY). Professor of Italian, Comparative Literature, and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center and Queens College, she has authored and edited several books. Among her latest publications: Moda e cinema in Italia. Dal muto ai giorni nostril (2020); Italian Style. Fashion & Film from Early Cinema to the Digital Age (2016); Film and Fashion in the 1960s, (co-editor, 2017) Moda e Letteratura nell’Italia della prima modernità (2019).

Hosts: Josephine Belli and Maria Marinello

For more information about the series, contact Nancy Indelicato at [email protected]

11/03/2020
Calendar - Bay Street Theater

SAVE THE DATE: Rival Queens: The Story of Mary Queen of Scots & Queen Elizabeth I featuring music from Donizetti's Maria Stuarda

Virtual premier: Thursday, November 12th, 8:00pm in collaboration with Bay Street Theatre

http://www.baystreet.org/calendar/rival-queens-a-virtual-opera-by-divaria/

2nd virtual viewing date: Saturday, November 14th, 5:00pm with Rites of Spring Festival

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rival-queensthe-story-of-mary-queen-of-scots-and-queen-elizabeth-i-tickets-125247272965

Divaria Productions is excited to present the digital world premiere of its original biopic opera with Bay Street Theatre on Thursday November 12th at 8:00 pm. The production, Rival Queens, tells the story of Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I and features music from Donizetti’s opera Maria Stuarda, with English subtitles. Originally scheduled to appear in person at Bay Street in Sag Harbor, this production proves that the creative spirit is alive and flourishing in the midst of Covid. The virtual presentation was created and prepared on an intercontinental basis featuring a director, pianist and actors in Spain, a writer, soprano, mezzo-soprano and film crew in New York, a narrator from San Francisco, and a tenor in Chicago. The show will go on!

Antón Armendariz Diaz, Director

Anna Tonna, Queen Elizabeth I

Ashley Galvani Bell, Mary Queen of Scots

Tickets $25 - $35

Bay Street Theater is a not-for-profit 299-seat professional regional theater situated on Long Wharf, in Sag Harbor, NY, and founded in 1991 by Sybil Christopher, Stephen Hamilton and Emma Walton.

10/09/2020
Columbus Day Message

Columbus Day message from Museum Founder and President, Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa

Governor Andrew Cuomo Named Grand Marshal Of 2020's Virtual New York Columbus Day ParadeIn Addition, Dr. Anthony Fauci W...
10/08/2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo Named Grand Marshal Of 2020's Virtual New York Columbus Day Parade

In Addition, Dr. Anthony Fauci Will Be Honored with Namesake Annual Columbus Citizens Foundation Medical Scholarship

In a typical year, New York City's annual Columbus Day parade is the largest celebration of Italian American heritage and culture in the United States. This year, the Columbus Citizens Foundation is adjusting its Celebration Weekend, with a Virtual Gala on Saturday, October 10, a socially distanced Wreath Laying at Columbus Circle on Sunday, October 11, and a 90-minute broadcast special on Columbus Day, Monday, October 12.

The broadcast special will air on ABC7/WABC-TV New York and Stream Live at abc7ny.com, abc7NY App and abc7NY Connected TV Apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku. The special will feature pre-taped segments as well as live elements.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/governor-andrew-cuomo-named-grand-marshal-of-2020s-virtual-new-york-columbus-day-parade-301138675.html

Italian American Songstress Vanessa Racci kicks off Italian Heritage and Culture Month with Virtual Concert, Sunday, Oct...
10/08/2020
JAZZY ITALIAN WITH VANESSA RACCI

Italian American Songstress Vanessa Racci kicks off Italian Heritage and Culture Month with Virtual Concert, Sunday, October 11th at 7:00pm

Click on the link below for tickets:

https://metropolitanzoom.ticketleap.com/vanessa-racci-sun-oct-11/

Kick-off New York's Italian American Heritage Month with Vanessa Racci! She'll be debuting her Jazzy Italian show on MetropolitanZoom's virtual nightclub. Her Jazzy Italian show celebrates the history of Italian American influence on jazz music from 1917 New Orleans through to modern-day with music....

An Unknown ‘Father of Columbus Day’ and the Colorado City Embroiled in One of the Most Intense Standoffs Surrounding Its...
10/08/2020
An Unknown 'Father of Columbus Day' and the Colorado City Embroiled in One of the Most Intense Standoffs Surrounding Its Columbus Monument | Italian Sons and Daughters of America

An Unknown ‘Father of Columbus Day’ and the Colorado City Embroiled in One of the Most Intense Standoffs Surrounding Its Columbus Monument by Marianna Gatto, executive director and cofounder of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA)

https://www.orderisda.org/culture/stories/an-unknown-father-of-columbus-day-and-the-colorado-city-embroiled-in-one-of-the-most-intense-standoffs-surrounding-its-columbus-monument/

By: Marianna Gatto, ISDA Contributing Editor Colorado is not the place that typically comes to mind when we think of Columbus Day celebrations in the United States. If New York makes the top of the list, Colorado would probably rank somewhere around #25, depending on who you ask. But guess which sta...

Fifth floor almost completed
09/24/2020

Fifth floor almost completed

Future entrance of IAM on Mulberry Street
09/24/2020

Future entrance of IAM on Mulberry Street

In honor of the 100th Birthday Anniversary of Federico Fellini the IHCC of NY, Inc. presents a series of weekly online d...
09/24/2020

In honor of the 100th Birthday Anniversary of Federico Fellini the IHCC of NY, Inc. presents a series of weekly online discussions about Fellini and his films, facts and fantasy

September 30th through November 4th

The Board of Directors of the IHCC-NY, Inc. is delighted to announce that this year the selected theme will be: FELLINI: 100. On the hundredth birthday anniversary year of Federico Fellini, the IHCC-NY, Inc. will present a series of online discussions about Fellini and his films, facts, and fantasy. The series will highlight Fellini the man and his legacy and will include clips from some of his most famous films: I Vitelloni, La Strada, Le Notti di Cabiria, La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, and Amarcord.

Federico Fellini, Italian screenwriter and director of many iconic films, was nominated for many Academy Awards, winning four for Best Foreign Language film as well as the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement award. He also won prestigious awards at the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival. He received The Film Society of Lincoln Center Award for Cinematic Achievement. Fellini also was given the honor of being made Cavaliere di Gran Croce in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Beginning September 30 through November 4, the weekly Fellini series will include a number of experts: Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University; Gianfranco Angelucci, screenwriter, author, and Fellini collaborator; Mauro Aprile Zanetti, historian and author; Antonio Vitti, Professor of Film and Director, Scuola Italiana, Middlebury College; Giorgio Bertellini, Professor of Film Studies, Univ. of Michigan; Giancarlo Lombardi, CUNY, Professor of Italian and Visual Studies; Eugenia Paulicelli, CUNY Professor of Italian and Fashion Studies; Paolo Ceratto, author and son of Caterina Boratto, actress in three Fellini films; and others.

The IHCC-NY, Inc. Board of Directors is a volunteer group of professionals, founded in 1976, whose mission is to preserve, promote, and present Italian and Italian-American heritage and culture throughout the year, and, especially, during October’s annual Italian Culture Month. Despite COVID 19, this year’s theme celebration continues, albeit virtual.

IHCC-NY FEATURES FELLINI 100!
Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York, Inc.
25 West 43rd St. 17th Floor, New York, NY 10036
Tel 212.642.2094 • Fax: 212.642.2030
www.italyculturemonth.org[email protected]

NYSOSDIA Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc. awards $100,000 Grant to the Italian American MuseumThe New York State Order Sons ...
09/24/2020

NYSOSDIA Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc. awards $100,000 Grant to the Italian American Museum

The New York State Order Sons and Daughters of Italy Grand Lodge Foundation Inc. made their second installment of $20,000 on their $100,000 grant to the Italian American Museum for their new permanent exhibition, 'The Italian American Experience' which is scheduled to open Fall 2021 and will highlight the role of NYSOSDIA in the community.

Pictured (left to right): John Fratta, Chairman, NYS Commission for Social Justice, Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa, Founder and President, Italian American Museum and Anthony Naccarato, President, NYSOSDIA Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc.

The new building which will house the Italian American Museum continues to rise
09/24/2020

The new building which will house the Italian American Museum continues to rise

Standing in the future entrance of the IAM
09/24/2020

Standing in the future entrance of the IAM

The Italian American Museum wishes you and your family a happy and safe Labor Day!
09/07/2020

The Italian American Museum wishes you and your family a happy and safe Labor Day!

Columbus Citizens Foundation Launches Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Scholarship – Created for Graduate Students in Medical and Pu...
09/07/2020

Columbus Citizens Foundation Launches Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Scholarship – Created for Graduate Students in Medical and Public Health Fields

Columbus Citizens Foundation to Award a $25,000 Annual Scholarship to Italian American Students Who Exemplify the Values and Determination of Dr. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

August 26, 2020, New York, NY: Columbus Citizens Foundation (CCF) is proud to announce a new scholarship to support Italian Americans with great academic prowess seeking financial aid at the graduate level in medical and public health fields of study. The scholarship will be awarded annually, recipients will be chosen by a qualified standing committee and the scholarship is to be awarded in the name of Dr. Anthony S. Fauci. Dr. Fauci will be an honored guest at the Foundation’s 2020 Virtual Gala on Saturday, October 10, and will be featured in the Columbus Day special that will air on WABC-7, Monday, October 12 at 12:30 PM ET. Dr. Fauci will also be honored formally with the Columbus Citizens Foundation’s Humanitarian Award in October 2021, when an in-person Gala event can be held. Tickets to CCF’s 2020 Virtual Gala can be purchased at http://www.columbuscitizensfd.org/galatickets.

CCF President, Marian Pardo, said of the announcement: “During his entire career Dr. Fauci has pursued the public good through sound science, rigorously applied and clearly explained. COVID-19 has again brought to the Nation his voice of calm in a sea of uncertainty. Through this perpetual scholarship program, our Foundation will continually pay tribute to this great Italian-American by providing needed assistance to the next generations of public health and medical trailblazers emerging from our community.” Dr. Fauci was born in New York City. He grew up in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, where his family owned a pharmacy that they lived above. A young Anthony Fauci delivered prescriptions to the local, largely Italian American, neighborhood. Dr. Fauci attended Regis High School in Manhattan's Upper East Side and following his graduation he enrolled at the College of the Holy Cross, graduating in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in classics with a pre-med track. Dr. Fauci then attended medical school at Cornell University Medical College where he graduated first in his class with a Doctor of Medicine in 1966. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, now known as New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine.Dr. Fauci has been a key advisor to six Presidents and their administrations on global AIDS issues, and on initiatives to bolster medical and public health preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats such as pandemic influenza. As an HIV/AIDS researcher, he has been involved in the scientific effort since AIDS was recognized in 1981, conducting pivotal studies that underpin the current understanding of the disease and efforts to develop therapies and tools of prevention. Dr. Fauci was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has helped save millions of lives throughout the developing world. He is best known currently as a key advisor on the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Fauci was previously named as a Columbus Celebration Honoree in 1988, for his ground-breaking work on curbing the AIDS epidemic worldwide. At inception, the Fauci Scholarship is seeking to raise one million dollars in endowment that will be distributed as $25,000 annual amounts to a single recipient each year. Executive Director of CCF, Lisa Ackerman, noted: “We are thrilled to be introducing this new scholarship to our existing program. The qualities of empathy, understanding and perseverance that Dr. Fauci has exemplified throughout his career, will all be prerequisites for potential candidates. We are fortunate to be starting our fundraising with significant leadership donations, including a gift of $100,000 from the Francesco and Mary Giambelli Foundation and a $25,000 grant from a Board member.” Angelo Vivolo is the President of the Francesco and Mary Giambelli Foundation, and he had this to say about that group’s leadership role: “The Giambelli Foundation carries on the legacy of philanthropic giving that Francesco and Mary Giambelli established during their lifetimes – and we cannot think of a greater way to curb future pandemics than to encourage the ‘future Faucis’ to shine. We are proud to be the first lead sponsor in what will be a very special scholarship for Columbus Citizens Foundation.”

To learn more, and to contribute to the Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Scholarship, please visit: www.columbuscitizensfd.org/fauci.

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