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.
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.
Robert Baldassari, Treasurer
Jay I. Block
Mauro Dal Bo
Father Luigi Esposito
Pier Massimo and Virginia Forni
John Karlsen, Secretary
Monica Lapenta, President
Francesco Legaluppi, Board Chair
Louis Miserendino. Vice President
Anthony J. Montcalmo
Morris 'Chip" Weinman