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Promoting Italian Culture in Maryland since 1955


The Italian Cultural Center of Maryland was founded in 1955 by Professor Regina Levi-Bianchini Soria, Dr. Raffaele Canevaro and Mrs Helen Knipp as Circolo Culturale Italiano  and incorporated in 1999 joining forces with than newly founded ItalCultura, founded by Hon. Francesco Luigi Legaluppi.

This decision was made to be more incisive in promoting what people of Italy and their descendants were contributing in Maryland and especially in Baltimore City.

The Italian Cultural Center Inc of Maryland is a 501C(3) charity registered in Maryland, promoting Italian Culture and Heritage in Maryland.

About Prof. Soria

Professor Soria moved to the U.S. in 1940 and joined the Notre Dame college faculty in 1942, teaching Italian. A 1979 article in The Sun described her as a "a sturdy woman with a big smile, a living room populated principally with books and overstuffed furniture, a dedication to Italy and Italian culture, and a husky voice that gets a lot of exercise."

Prof. Soria was the first to point out what Italians have done in Baltimore when she organized in 1979, "The Marble Door," a conference about the influence of Italians in early Baltimore. In it, she discussed Enrico Causici, sculptor of the George Washington statue atop Baltimore's monument to the first president in Mount Vernon Place. She said she wanted the lectures to offset the negative image of Italians brought by The Godfather novel and films.

A memento of Professor Soria, the Center established THE REGINA LEVI-BIANCHINI SORIA AWARD that recognizes excellence in Philanthropy.


Mission Statement 

The mission of ICCM is to promote and live the Italian Culture while sharing it through programs and events with the diverse community of people who live with and around us encouraging and supporting education, creativity, curiosity, respect for history, respect for the arts and respect for each other.  

Vision statement Put a bit of Italy in everyone’s heart.


Board of Advisors

Robert Baldassari, Treasurer

Jay I. Block   

Ed Bosco   

Emilio Bramati   

Patricia Bramlet   

Luisito Cercaci    

Mauro Dal Bo   

 Pier Massimo Forni* Emeritus

Virginia Forni   

John Karlsen, Secretary  

Monica Lapenta, ED and CEO

Francesco Legaluppi, President and Board Chair

Imelda Liberatore   

Armanda Ligabue   

Ernest Liotti   

Joan Magnani     

Lou Mazzulli   

John McLucas   

Gioia Milano   

Caterina Miserendino   

Louis Miserendino. Vice President  

Elio Scaccio     

Curtis Schwartz

Morris 'Chip" Weinman    


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