ITALIAN ORGANIZATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY
Little Italy Association of San Diego
The Little Italy Association of San Diego was established in 1996 to oversee and expedite the revitalization and beautification of the Little Italy neighborhood in Downtown San Diego. The Association supports many of the events which make the Little Italy area of San Diego so vibrant: the Mercato (Saturday Market), Gran Fondo, Mission Federal ArtWalk, Taste of Little Italy, the Summer Film Festival, the Ferragosto celebration in August, the Marine Band San Diego Summer Concert, and Festa Italiana in October.
Italian Cultural Center of San Diego
The Italian Cultural Center of San Diego was founded in 1981 as a meeting point for people interested in Italian culture and language. Over the years the center has grown steadily, and currently consists of more than 600 members, a mixed group of Italian Americans, Italophiles and Italians of various origins and ages. Offers Italian language courses.
House of Italy
Balboa Park, San Diego
Open to visitors Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the International Cottage area of Balboa Park between noon and 5:00 PM.
The House of Italy was founded in May of 1935 in conjunction with the California Pacific International Exposition. The expo ran from May 29, 1935 through November 11, 1935 with over 4,500,000 visitors. All of the cottages were the vision of Mr. Frank Drugan, who also conceived the idea for the expo. The houses were open to the public to display arts, crafts and folkways of their native lands. This proved to be so popular that after the expo closed the group formed what is now the House of Pacific Relations. On December 10, 1941 the U.S. Navy annexed the park and it became part of the Naval Hospital and the occupants of the houses were told to vacate. On August 2, 1948 at a grand ceremony, the cottages were returned to the former occupants. The current House of Italy was formed in 1968 with a small group of Italians meeting at local restaurants. In 1971, the City of San Diego permitted the House of Italy to remodel the old floral display building. After countless hours by several individuals and the donation of thousands of dollars’ worth of building supplies the new House of Italy was finished. In August 1973, the doors opened and have remained so ever since, greeting the thousands of visitors with a warm Italian welcome.
San Diego Italian Film Festival
http://www. sandiegoitalianfilmfestival. com/
Cinema Little Italy (San Diego)
L’Italo-Americano is a biweekly publication serving the Italian-American community throughout the United States. Established in 1908, L’Italo-Americano is the oldest Italian-American newspaper in the US with a mission to promote and preserve Italian culture and heritage by reporting in both Italian and English on subjects such as arts and culture, literature, education, history, business, sciences, sports, lifestyle to name a few.