The Public Charity “Friends of the Italian Cultural Center of Boston, Inc.” was founded in December 2012, enjoys tax-exempt status by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under IRC Section 501(c)(3), and is registered with the Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
FICCB is fueled by “love of all things Italian:” Italian art, culture, language, tradition, entrepreneurship, scientific achievement, innovation, creativity and lifestyle. We strive to strengthen the connection between New England and Italy for the current and future generations, regardless of age, while also preserving the deeply-rooted Italian heritage in our region and the history of Italian immigration.
We have a multi-pronged, ambitious mission:
- To establish a hub of Italian culture, preserve our rich Italian heritage by creating programs and content, and in time build an Italian cultural center
- To forge a strong, united community of italophiles that promotes a forward-looking, fresh take on the Italian and Italian-American identities, one that is both deeply rooted in history and firmly planted in the 21st century
- To celebrate all of the contributions Italians, inside and outside Italy, have made and continue to make in art and science, academia and enterprise, innovation and philanthropy
- To think, talk and dream about New England’s Italian-American culture and the future of our relationship with Italy
Cav. Anthony Pangaro, Chair
Ettore Santucci, Director, President
Susan Angelastro, Director
Comm. Emilio Bizzi, Director
Alberto Fornaro, Director
Alessandro Rollo, Director
FICCB is committed to planning and executing subject-oriented programming for the Italian and Italian-American communities in Boston and New England: from public lectures, concerts and art shows, to social events designed to build bridges to groups that otherwise might interact infrequently; from supporting enterprise, innovation, science and technology, to supporting the teaching of the Italian language; from celebrations of Italian heritage in food and culture, to providing services to Italian-American communities. In doing so, FICCB wishes to collaborate with organizations with a similar mindset – “love for all things Italian” – using the financial resources that the community has entrusted to FICCB to seed this collaboration and help it bear fruit while uniting the diverse communities we all seek to serve.
Our Vision for an Italian Cultural Center
FICCB was started with the goal of building an Italian Cultural Center, envisioning a beautiful site where all those who work to promote Italian culture and preserve our rich Italian heritage could come together — and together do in the future more than we have done separately in the past. We realize, however, that content must come before a container, that collaboration must be fostered in hearts and minds before it is acted out inside a building, and that the strong, united community of italophiles that FICCB wants to represent is created one italophile at a time as we come together to share our common passions. We endeavor to continue our work on content, collaboration and community while also planning a physical Italian Cultural Center as the culmination of FICCB’s efforts.