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Founded in 2006, the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis /St. Paul (ICC) is an independent, non-political, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization open to anyone interested in the unique phenomena of Italian culture. We offer a comprehensive approach to Italian language and culture and reject stereotypes and divisive rhetoric.

Our Mission is to promote the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Italian language and culture through educational and cultural events in the greater Twin Cities area.

Our Vision is to create a broad and inclusive cultural community by serving as a beacon for classic and contemporary Italian culture through its language, arts, food, science and technology.

Board of Directors


Sandra Gengler, President
Joe Tamburino, Vice President
Alberto Orioles MD, Treasurer

Directors at large

Peggy Bocchi Hansen, Administrative Director
Anna Olivero, Adult Language School Director
Astrid Garino MD
Stefano Perugini

Special Advisors

Pieranna Garavaso, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Philosophy, Division of the Humanities, University of Minnesota Morris

Mariateresa Monaco, Financial Professional

Luke Olson, VP, Senior Corporate Counsel, U.S. Bank 
Marco Pavoloni, Honorary Consul of Italy in Minnesota

Honorary Board Members

Massimo Bonavita, Co-Founder
Anna Bonavita, Co-Founder
Lon Bencini
Emanuela Corbetta, Founding Member
Lili Hall
Anna Masellis
Nassim Rossi
Nancy Schaefer, Founding Member
Elena Wilsey, Founding Member


Anthony Alessi, Accountant

Tiziana Cervesato, Events Director

Meredith Johnson, Office Manager
Romina Montanari, Food and Wine Events Manager

Teresa Walsh, Volunteer Coordinator

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Strategic Plan 2018-2023

The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
  250 Third Ave N., Suite 625 | Minneapolis, MN 55401 | (612) 295-4111 

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