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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




2018 President's Letter


2018 promises to be another 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 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Also in the fall, PIC sponsored a screening of “Mona Lisa is Missing” at Pasadena City College for students, parents and the community. March found the PIC members at the Getty Museum for a luncheon and a ‘private tour’ led by Curators Dr.. Alexis Belis and Dr. Ken Lapatin, of the famed “Roman Sculpture” exhibit.


2017 continued the Patron’s collaboration with the Italian Studies Council at Chapman University, where I remain a Board member. During the spring semester, the Patrons sponsored a visit to the Getty Villa by the senior Italian classes from Venice High School for the “Roman Mosaics” exhibit. More than 40 students and faculty were on hand. Our website, ‘picla.org’ continues its outreach with event photographs updated regularly. In May the PIC screened “La Prima Neve” at the San Marino library and a prize was awarded for best essay to Italian language student, Ms. Jasmine Rios, of Pasadena City College. PIC held its joint Ferragosto (with the Italo-Americano) in August, during which time the Patrons awarded their 6th. “CASOLA PRIZE” to UCLA, Ph.D. Italian literature candidate, Mr. Joseph Tumolo.


Mr Tumolo was joined by his entire family & fiancee who traveled from Pennsylvania to join the festivities. Mr. Tumolo will now assist in organizing PIC’s collaboration with the UCLA Italian club. For the second year the Patrons also awarded ‘six’ grants to graduating High School seniors who will continue their Italian language studies in college. More than three dozen applications were received from as far away as Mass, Conn, Maryland and Chicago.


A wonderful lecture by Dr. Nancy Sindelar, Ph.D. on “Ernest Hemingway” on ‘his time in and love of Italy’, was held in October at Santa Monica College, the second event held there as part of our collaboration effort. Dr. Sindelar flew in from Chicago for the event. A gala luncheon in Dr. Sindelar’s honor was held at Trastevere in Santa Monica. The annual Christmas luncheon was held at the Almansor Country Club in Alhambra, with Ms. Joyce Garro performing many of our favorite Christmas songs and carols.


Looking forward to 2018, the Patrons continue the mission of promoting Italian culture with many events including: an April 15 ‘Members Only’ Getty luncheon and tour of the “Egypt- Greece-Rome” exhibition; PIC’s Ferragosto Gala and the awarding of the 2018 Casola Prizes, and our annual Christmas Gala. Please visit 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 55 year old, non-profit 501c-3 Corporation and your contributions are fully tax-deductible.


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