Three Fantastic NIAF Programs – Apply Now Before Approaching Deadlines!
For high school students, college students and aspiring filmmakers, please consider sharing these NIAF programs with those you know—this could be your opportunity to change someone’s life:
|Christopher Columbus Essay Contest
Deadline February 15
Calling all high school students! Submit your essay to the NIAF NCCA Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. Three outstanding essays will be chosen from the submissions to win a cash prize; the first-place winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington to read his or her essay at the 2021 Columbus Day event in Washington, D.C. Deadline is February 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. For more information, visit www.niaf.org/essaycontest.
Deadline March 1
Available to undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, medical, and legal students. NIAF offers 29 different categories of scholarships, all with different criteria, with scholarship amounts ranging from $2,500-$12,000. Click here to see available scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year. If you are Italian American or if you are studying Italian in college, apply today! Deadline is March 1, 11:59 p.m. EST. For more information, visit: www.niaf.org/scholarships.
|The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum Deadline March 1
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo (who made four record-breaking Marvel Cinematic Universe films), in conjunction with NIAF and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA), are excited to announce that applications for the Film Forum are now open. Each year, the program awards multiple $8,000 grants to ambitious filmmakers around the country to create documentary, fiction or non-fiction narrative films that explore the Italian American experience for the benefit of future generations. The grants will be awarded based solely on the promise of a film’s premise, how it relates to the Italian American experience, and the creative potential of the filmmakers. Deadline, March 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m. PT. For details, visit: www.niaf.org/filmforum.
Access Past NIAF Virtual Events!
Check out our past webinars covering dual citizenship, genealogy and history to Italian cuisine, wine and culture, and more. If you missed any of this outstanding programming, you can access the recordings on our website! To register, and to view past as well as upcoming webinars, visit: www.niaf.org/virtualevents.
Temporarily Closed: The Museum on Italian Immigration at NIAF
The Museum is closed until further notice. The safety and enjoyment of our guests is our foremost concern. For general information about the museum, visit https://www.niaf.org/culture/niaf-museum/.
Make Valentine’s Day Special with NIAF’s Wooden Spoon!
Valentine’s Day lands on a Sunday this year! Do you know what that means? Make sugo for your valentine with NIAF’s “Make Sunday Italian Again” wooden spoon! Order by February 2 for delivery by February 14: http://bit.ly/2PINvtw.
NIAF’s Virtual Repository!
NIAF is keeping tabs of all the latest major Italian and Italian American virtual tours, shows, podcasts, performances and films—all for the comfort and convenience of your own home. We have some new additions to each section such as Lorraine Bracco’s new HGTV series and Stanley Tucci’s upcoming Italian travel show, so be sure to visit: www.niaf.org/repository.
Dante’s Others – A Presentation for the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri
The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C., will host an online presentation by Professor Teodolinda Barolini from Columbia University that unveils Dante’s views of “others” in the Divina Commedia. February 3 at 4 p.m. EST. Register at: http://bit.ly/3oqpHc6.
Support Your Italian Restaurants!
NIAF has an ever-growing list of Italian restaurants, delis and eateries that are providing curbside, pick-up and delivery services to help your community during these difficult times. Got a restaurant you want to tell us about? If you know of any Italian restaurants anywhere in the United States assisting the community, send it to us. So far, we have more than 613 Italian restaurants located in 41 states and Washington, D.C. See NIAF’s list and details on how to submit your favorite Italian restaurant at: www.niaf.org/restaurants.
Casa Belvedere’s February Virtual Events
Casa Belvedere offers a variety of culinary and cultural virtual events happening this month: Trivia Night – A Carnevale Evening on February 4; Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Dante’s Inferno on February 11; Puglia: Better Than the Caribbean! on February 25, and beyond! Visit casa-belvedere.org or call 718-273-7660.
Calling All Italian American Educators – Take the Educator Survey
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, in collaboration with the Association of Italian American Educators, will publish a study on the growth and impact of Italian American educators on American education. The Calandra Institute is seeking Italian American educators from all regions of the United States who have taught and administrated over the past seventy years, from the 1950s to the present, to participate in the study. Respondents can directly submit survey responses online at: http://bit.ly/36pwEnH.
IAMLA’s Object Collection is Online!
The Italian American Museum in Los Angeles (IAMLA) has made its photographic collection accessible online, and scores of people from around the world to search the museum’s online platform. It has proven to be a valuable tool for researchers and the public. Several people have contacted the IAMLA to report that they discovered never-before-seen images of family members! As the museum continues to catalog and digitize its collection, the online databases will expand, eventually providing access to the museum’s vast archival collection and additions from the object collection as well. View the online collection at: http://bit.ly/2OtzoHS.
Russell Shorto’s Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob
Congratulations to NIAF Member Russell Shorto for his new book Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob. This family memoir is about Shorto’s mobster grandfather’s rise to power in postwar Johnstown, Pa. Smalltime draws an intimate portrait of a mobster and his wife, sudden riches, and the toll a lawless life takes on one family. Through research and the help of Shorto’s father, Tony, the book becomes an urgent and intimate exploration of three generations of the American immigrant experience. Smalltime is an irresistible memoir by a masterful writer of historical narrative. Available on February 2. Visit: https://www.russellshorto.com/.
Beverly Paladeni Riter’s Path of the Paladeni Family from Gorfigliano to Yacolt and Back
Congratulations to NIAF Member Beverly Paladeni Riter on her new book Path of the Paladeni Family from Gorfigliano to Yacolt and Back. The book details the author’s Italian family who left their remote mountain village of Gorfigliano in the early 20th century and settled in Yacolt, Wash., where they faced many challenges: hard work, illness, and the threat of internment during World War II. But most of all, they longed for their family in Italy. Like many others, they returned to Italy and then eventually went back to the United States. The author’s family’s longing to return to Italy never left them—a story that is reminiscent to many Italian American families. Available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3r10GpA.
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Join the NIAF Family!
Empower the next generation of Italian American leaders by becoming a Member of NIAF! We are dedicated to education through scholarships, grants and cultural events as well as strengthening the bond between the United States and Italy. NIAF Members receive our acclaimed Ambassador magazine in print, exclusive discounts for dual citizenship services, genealogy research, Italian food products, Italian language and culture courses, and more. If you are able, join today by visiting our website: www.niaf.org/join.
Follow NIAF on Social Media
Stay up-to-date with the latest news this winter and stay in touch with members of the Italian American community by following NIAF on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter! Join our ever-growing audience of Italians, Italian Americans and Italophiles and learn something new every day with NIAF.
Italian American World War II Heroes – Send Yours to NIAF
Launched in 2020 to remember the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, NIAF is recognizing Italian Americans who sacrificed, served and defended peace, freedom and democracy during the war. If a family member served during World War II and you would like to share that with us, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following: a photo, a brief description of your relative’s service, where he/she was from and where his/her Italian origins can be traced to. NIAF is sharing special submissions on NIAF’s social media with the hashtag: #IAWW2Heroes and on NIAF’s Pensieri Blog: https://niafblog.wordpress.com/.
Support NIAF through AmazonSmile with No Extra Cost!
Ordering from Amazon more during the pandemic and during the holidays? Consider supporting NIAF for future purchases by going to http://smile.amazon.com/ and selecting the National Italian American Foundation as your charity of choice. This is a wonderful opportunity to support NIAF programs and its mission during these difficult times. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to NIAF. AmazonSmile offers the same selection and low prices as Amazon, and customers can still use their Amazon account. The only difference is that, at no extra cost, you are donating to a great cause!
Calling All Voyage of Discovery Alumni
We’re creating an alumni database of past participants in NIAF’s Voyage of Discovery and NIAF’s Gift of Discovery programs and we need your help! Did you or someone you know participate? If so, let us know. Please fill out the form on our website: https://bit.ly/2UzEaXF.
Italian Community Services on the West Coast
Italian Community Services (ICS) welcomes all NIAF members to visit its website www.italiancs.com and learn how ICS helps the broader Italian American Community. Under COVID-19, our mission and scope of services have expanded exponentially. Since March, our numbers have tripled. Once “shelter in place” was enforced, ICS stepped up to the opportunity to serve the community. ICS has made 3,400 wellness checks, delivered more than 2,000 care packages, ran more than 300 errands, and now financially supports more than 55 Italian families. ICS’s impact has made news globally; both the Wall Street Journal and Rai TV have showcased our story. ICS depends on donors like you to support its mission. If you like the work we are doing, please consider supporting us. Lastly, if you know of any projects that ICS can initiate or people we can assist in the Italian San Francisco community, please contact us. Grazie!
The Italian American Podcast
Has staying home got you down? Why not tune into the Italian American Podcast? The Italian American Podcast is the first and most engaging podcast dedicated to helping Italian Americans learn and celebrate their brilliant heritage. Hosts John, Dolores, Pat, Rossella and Anthony have been dedicating their time to creating content to keep Italian Americans in tune with their heritage during lockdown—including movie watch-along parties, virtual chats and more! New episodes launch every Monday and the plentiful archive of more than 160 past episodes on their website keeps you entertained during these trying times. Tune in to be entertained, educated, and brought back to where you belong—among famiglia! Start listening here: https://italianamericanpodcast.com/episodes/.
Turn on Italics TV
For monthly cable-TV programming for the Italian American community, tune in to Italics, the Italian American TV magazine, produced by The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College in New York and hosted by Anthony J. Tamburri, dean of The Calandra Institute. Check your local New York and New York State cable-TV listings for Italics, or find it on CUNY-TV website, and on-demand on the YouTube channel and Facebook.
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