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John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

Section: Community Affairs

Community Programs

The Community Programs division of the Institute works collaboratively with varied and diverse organizations to develop, support and coordinate projects that promote and celebrate Italian American culture, heritage and the experience within the Italian American community and community at large. This division serves as a comprehensive resource for information pertaining to Italian and Italian American culture and, as importantly, as a vital supportive link to outside groups involved in the coordination of special projects.

This division of the Institute has been designated the official coordinator for all City University of New York activities which take place during October, Italian Heritage & Culture Month. As university coordinator, the Institute surveys and maintains information on all CUNY campus activities in New York and assists in the publishing of these events.

The Community Programs division is also responsible for facilitating lectures, conferences, seminars, exhibits, professional meetings, educational activities, community services, and public programs regarding a range of topics. This division also assists educational, governmental and community organizations in planning and implementing their events, particularly for Italian Heritage & Culture Month and maintains a speakers bureau for the community at large.

Contact: Calandra, Community Programs.

Community Calendar On Line Submission Form


2011 Italian Heritage and Cultural Month On Line Submission Form
"150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy"

2011 Italian Heritage and Cultural Month Download forms(pdf)

New York's Italian American Community Calendar – The most comprehensive listing of Italian and Italian American Events for New York.
(** updated November 17, 2011 through December 4, 2011 **)

Celebrate October ... Italian Heritage and Culture Month - A Brief History and The Years in Review (A Pictorial Display)

Italian Heritage and Culture Month Booklet October 2010 "Tribute to Dr. Maria Montessori" (1.7 megs pdf)


Community Links



Italian Language Classes for Children


Italian Radio Programs


Bocce: New York's Public Courts


Public Sculpture for New York: Italian Style



Immigration Centers for Italian Immigrants


Traveling Exhibition - Prisoners in Our Own Home: The Italian American Experience as America's Enemy Aliens


"A Review of the Restrictions on Persons of Italian Ancestry During World War II"






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