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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

Directors at large

Peggy Bocchi Hansen, Administrative Director
Anna Olivero, Adult Language School Director
Astrid Garino
Giada Nucera
Tony Nucera
Dominic Sposeto

Special Advisors

Francesca Bortoletti, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Program in the History of Medicine, University of Minnesota
Marco Pavoloni, Honorary Consul of Italy in Minnesota

Strategic Plan 2018-2023

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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 and Membership Director

Meredith Johnson, Executive Assistant
Luisa O'Gara, Youth Language School Director

The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
 528 Hennepin Ave | Minneapolis, MN 55403 | (612) 295-4111 

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