California Grant-Funded Museum Improvements

Free Family Fun at the IAMLA

Internship Opportunities

Celebrity Golf Tournament

IAMLA in the News

Time Capsule Announcement

California Grant-Funded Museum Improvements

In July of 2018, the IAMLA received important funding from the State of California. Former Governor Jerry Brown signed the state budget, which included a $250,000 allocation from State Senator Anthony Portantino for the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles. Senator Portantino, a proud Italian American, is the author of State Resolutions Commemorating Italian American Heritage in California, and is a long-time supporter of the IAMLA.
Restoration of historic lightbox at entrance to permanent exhibition wing.

The grant is enabling the IAMLA to:

  • Update its permanent exhibitions
  • Bring its collection online and thereby enable the public to access its contents
  • Make improvements to the museum that enhance the visitor experience
  • Expand educational curricula
  • Complete additional preservation work to the building where the museum is located, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Pink silk bodice from wedding gown, circa 1880s, belonging to Marianna Giordano,
who was married in Sicily. A recent acquisition to the IAMLA's collection. 
Project Assistant Anastasia Pineschi cataloging a recent acquisition to the IAMLA's collection.

Free Family Fun at the IAMLA

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles
invites you to a reading of Leo Politi's A Boat for Peppe.

A fun afternoon for the entire family!

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 3:00 pm 
Recommended for children ages 4-12

RSVP HERE! or (213) 485-8432

About Leo Politi:
Italian American artist and award-winning author Leo Politi wrote and illustrated over twenty children’s books as well as other works intended for adults. Published in 1950, A Boat for Peppe explores the adventures of a Sicilian American boy in California who is the son of a fisherman. With Peppe’s help, readers learn about the cultural tradition of blessing fishing boats at the beginning of the fishing season each year. This free public program is designed for children and their families and is presented in conjunction with the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles’ current temporary exhibition, Leo Politi’s Los Angeles: Works of Love and Protest, which showcases a collection of original art by Politi, who is best known as the “Artist of the City of Angels.”

For most of his artistic career, Los Angeles served as Politi’s muse. He consistently demonstrated a love for the region’s diverse cultures and a reverence for its history. Politi’s work proves truly avant garde in that it predated the multicultural movement by decades. During a time when many historic neighborhoods were being erased or transformed, Politi was among the lone advocates of preservation. He captured Los Angeles enclaves, landmarks, and communities in his art and writing, suspending them in time. Through a series of rarely exhibited works spanning sixty years,  Leo Politi’s Los Angeles: Works of Love and Protest transports audiences to bygone eras—Watts in the late 1960s, and San Pedro during the apex of the fishing industry—along with forever altered places, including the forgotten neighborhood of Bunker Hill, and World War II-era downtown Los Angeles. Visitors will be able to view the exhibition during the book reading.

IAMLA in the News

Above: Leo Politi's Bunker Hill, ca. 1960

Leo Politi's Los Angeles: Works of Love and Protest
is in the news! Check out the latest articles featuring the IAMLA's newest
temporary exhibition below:

Los Angeles Downtown News

Italian Sons and Daughters of America
Curbed Los Angeles

America Oggi
South Pasadenan

Time Capsule Announcement

What would you like future Angelenos to know about your
Los Angeles?

The  Los Angeles County Arts Commission is asking for your stories, memories, and mementos to represent the people, cultures, 
and communities that make up Los Angeles County for a time capsule to be sealed inside the Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial for a future generation to discover. 

This call is open to all residents of Los Angeles County, and entrants may submit an idea as either an individual or a group.

Internship Opportunities

Special Events and Marketing Internship!

The IAMLA  seeks qualified undergraduate or graduate students in the fields of Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, and other relevant areas of study to serve as a Special Events Intern.

This position will assist with the planning, organization and coordination of IAMLA events, including the annual Taste of Italy.

Course credit is available.


Celebrity Golf Tournament

For more information,  click here or call (213) 485-8432. 
Each year the Newport Beach Film Festival presents signature international film events that spotlight cinema, culture, cuisine, music, and performances. The Italian Spotlight is taking place on April 30th.  Come for the experience, stay for the fun!


Follow the IAMLA's Facebook page for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Italian Spotlight!

Visit Leo Politi’s Los Angeles!

Don't miss your chance to visit
the IAMLA's current temporary exhibition

Now Open Through May 19, 2019
Above: Leo Politi's Broadway at Christmas, 1967

About the exhibition:  

Leo Politi’s Los Angeles: Works of Love and Protest presents a collection of original art by beloved Italian American artist and Caldecott Award-winning author Leo Politi. Through a series of rarely exhibited works spanning sixty years,  Leo Politi’s Los Angeles: Works of Love and Protest transports audiences to bygone eras—Watts in the late 1960s, and San Pedro during the apex of the fishing industry—along with forever altered places, including the forgotten neighborhood of Bunker Hill, and World War II-era downtown Los Angeles. 

Support the IAMLA

Support IAMLA
Temporary Exhibitions and Programming!
To learn more about temporary exhibition
sponsorship opportunities  click here.

Join the IAMLA

Museum memberships provide numerous benefits including invitations to members-only events, discounts, and
a subscription to the Museum's newsletter.

Museum memberships are the easiest way to help the
Italian American Museum of Los Angeles accomplish its mission of preserving Italian American history for future generations.

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Taste of Italy 2019!

The IAMLA's 11th annual Taste of Italy, Los Angeles’ premier food and wine event, will take place on October 12th, in downtown Los Angeles. The event features the best Italian restaurants in the
exceptional wineries, and live entertainment.

Why Sponsor Taste of Italy?

Participating in Taste of Italy, Los Angeles’ premiere Italian Food and Wine event, provides the opportunity to connect with upper-income, sophisticated, cross-cultural audiences from Southern California and beyond. Drawing over 2,500 attendees, including dignitaries, civic leaders, and celebrities, the event delivers a unique combination of excellent media value, product placement, and client entertainment options.

Taste of Italy receives significant media attention, including coverage from the most-watched networks in Southern California. Through a variety of marketing opportunities, Taste of Italy sponsors receive an average of $65,000 in sponsorship value.

Proceeds from Taste of Italy support educational programming and other initiatives at the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, a  501 (c) 3 charitable organization.

Find out more about becoming a Sponsor at Taste of Italy 2019!

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