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Patrons of Italian Culture is a non profit, tax exempt 501 C-3, California Corporation, which sponsors extensive programs and exciting activities emphasizing the many aspects of Italian culte and its rich heritage. The Patrons operate under the auspices of the Consul General of Italy. Membership is open to all who have a deep love and appreciation of the Italian culture and will support the Patrons activities which exemplify the essence of all elements of the Italian culture and heritage.


The activities of the Patrons feature varied programs of outstanding cultural content including, but not limited to: art exhibits, music recitals, opera and ballet programs, concerts, art and history lectures, Italian cinema, etc. Programs are held at various venues throughout the LA area; including, the Istituto Di Italiano Cultura in Westwood, the Getty Villa and Getty Museum, and other cultural institutions. Announcements of programs and events are distributed on a regular basis to keep members informed of upcoming activities. Proceeds from memberships and cultural programs contribute to many activities, including The Casola Prize, a college scholarship for the study of the Italian language and the expansion of Italian culture, the publishing of books on Italian culture and history, and support for the Italian Cultural Institute and other local and national Italian American organizations.


Contributions to the Patrons of Italian Culture are fully tax deductible. To become a member, please complete the form presented & mail to:


Patrons of Italian Culture

P.O. Box 3465

Burbank, CA 9150-3465






• Paul J. Romano, President       • Jim Giallo, Vice President       • Robert De Pietro, Secretary       • Josephine Barbera, Treasurer




2017 President's Letter


2017 promises to be a year filled with great events for our Members and friends. This past year the Patrons accomplished many important goals including: supporting Italian cinema during the 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival. April found the PIC members at the Getty Villa for a luncheon and a ‘private tour’ led by curator Dr. Alexis Belis, of the famed “Roman Mosaics Treasures” exhibit.


2016 continued the Patron’s collaboration with the Italian Studies Council at Chapman University, where I remain as a Board member. In April, the Patrons co-sponsored a screening of the documentary “The Mona Lisa Is Missing”, at San Pedro High School. Additional showings of the film are planned for Venice and Granada Hills H.S. this coming year. Our website, ‘picla.org’ continues its outreach with event photographs updated regularly. PIC held its gala Ferragosto in August during which time the Patrons awarded their 5th. “CASOLA PRIZE” scholarship to San Diego University, Mr. Benjamin White.


Mr White was joined by his entire family who traveled from Northern California to join the festivities. Naples tenor Rosario Monetti and child singing star, Isabella Schiff performed, accompanied by pianist James Bianchi. The Patrons also awarded ‘six’ grants to graduating High School seniors who will continue their Italian language studies in college. August also found your President being invited again to San Jose’s Italian Festival as ‘guest speaker’ and representing the Italian American community of Southern California.


October found the Patrons in Chicago, as part of their bi-annual 5 day Retreat, and marching in the Columbus Day Parade. Joining in the State Street parade were members, Ms. Kathleen Mc Mullen and Ms. Marcy Tichacek. The Patrons were also invited to a day long visit to the acclaimed ‘CASA ITALIA” in Stone Park, where an extensive collection of libraries and historic artifacts are on display. A tour of their Veterans Museum included a ‘Medal of Honor’ exhibit. A wonderful luncheon followed this amazing visit. The following day a tour of Little Italy was much enjoyed complete with another luncheon.


A wonderful lecture by Dr. Fiore-Bloom on “Ancient Rites of Roman Worship” was held in November at Santa Monica College, the latest member to join our University collaboration effort. The annual Christmas luncheon was held at the Brookside Country Club in Pasadena, with Ms. Jennie Olivia (2014 Casola Prize winner) performing.


Looking forward to 2017, the Patrons continue the mission of promoting Italian culture with many events including: a March ‘Members Only’ Getty luncheon and tour of the “Roman Sculpture” exhibition; PIC’s Ferragosto Gala and the awarding of the 2017 Casola Prizes, a proposed Fall presentation by Dr. Nancy Sindelar, Ph. D., of Ernest Hemingway’s Italian experiences, and our annual Christmas Gala. Please use the PIC website - ‘picla.org’ for upcoming events, view event photos and to communicate with us.


As we start the New Year we remind you of the many benefits of joining this exciting Italian organization, or renewing your membership. The benefits of membership are many, with free VIP events, preferred parking and seating, exclusive invitations to select events and more. We urge you to share this opportunity with your relatives and friends who share our passion for the Italian Culture. Please use the printed form and mail to the PIC with your membership dues. Annual dues are the ‘life blood’ of this organization in its effort to promote the Italian Culture. The P.I.C. is a 54 year old, non-profit 501c-3 Corporation and your contributions are fully tax-deductible.




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