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Mission Statement


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




2019 President's Letter


2019 promises to be another year filled with great events for our Members and friends. In 2018 the Patrons accomplished many important goals including supporting Italian cinema during the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival. In the spring, PIC sponsored a screening of “La Prima Neve” at UCLA for the Italian study students as part of the PIC college outreach effort. April found the PIC members at the Getty Museum for a luncheon and a ‘private tour’ led by Curator Dr. Sara Cole, Ph. D. , of the famed “Egypt-Greece-Rome” exhibit.


2018 continued the Patron’s collaboration with the Italian Studies Council at Chapman University, where I attended the Spring Italian cinema program & remain a Board member. Our website, ‘picla.org’ continues its outreach with events & photographs updated regularly. The Patrons held its annual Ferragosto in August at Marina del Rey’s acclaimed Sapori restaurant, during which the Patrons awarded the 6th. & 7th. “CASOLA PRIZES” to UCLA, Ph.D. Italian studies candidates, Ms. Marianna Nespoli & Ms. Kelly Roso. Both scholars presented papers in Sardegna in August and Ms. Nespoli remained in Italy (Bologna) to visit her family. She sent an acceptance video from home which all enjoyed viewing; it is posted on our website.


For the third year the Patrons awarded ‘six’ grants to High School seniors who will continue their Italian language studies in college. Winners were accepted to UC Berkeley and Fordham Univ., among others.


A wonderful Fall lecture by 2014 Casola Prize winner, Marco Saglimbeni, on “Sicilain Pupi (puppetry)”  was held in October at Santa Monica College, the third event held as part of PIC’s collaboration effort. More than 40 members, students and staff attended. A  luncheon was held at Trastevere in Santa Monica where guests were updated on Marco’s academic progress and goals for his future in medical science.


In November PIC sponsored a  luncheon and tour at the Getty Villa for UCLA’s Ph.D. candidates, which was led by curator and noted archaeologist, Dr. Claire Lyons, Ph.D. The annual Christmas gala was held at the Villa di Pietro. Live entertainment was provided by Genoa born, accordionist, Gianfranco Cappelluti. More than two dozen members and guests attended and enjoyed an elaborate and festive dinner with fine wines.


Looking forward to 2019, the Patrons continue the mission of promoting Italian culture. A March ‘Members Only’ Getty Villa luncheon and tour of the acclaimed ‘Afterlife’ exhibition with Dr. David Saunders.  The Ferragosto Gala and awarding of  the 2019 Casola Prizes, and our annual Christmas Gala.  Please visit the PIC website - ‘picla.org’ for upcoming events, view recent 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 website’s 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 56 year old, non-profit 501c-3 Corporation and your contributions are fully tax-deductible.


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