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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.

Annual Gala and Awards

Italian Renaissance Gala 2019


The glamorous event that everybody is waiting for! Sublime food and wine and incredible music for a night not to forget.

2019 Prof. Regina Soria Award for Philanthropy


2019 Montalcini Award for Science


2019 PM Forni Civility Award for Community Service


2019 Legaluppi Award for Public Service


Italian Renaissance Gala 2019


Awards Table

Last Year: La Vita è Bella 2018


From left to right: Ms. Sandi McFadden, Causici -Cappellano Community Award, First Lady of Maryland Mrs. Yumi Hogan - Legaluppi Public Service Award, Ms. Mary Mangione, Prof. Soria Award for Philanthropy and Prof. Daniele Rigamonti, Montalcini Award for the Sciences.

2018 Legaluppi Award


First Lady of Maryland, Mrs. Yumi Hogan is the recipient of the 2018 Legaluppi Award.

2018 Montalcini Award


Prof. Daniele Rigamonti is the recipient of the 2018 Montalcini Award,

2018 Causici Capellano Award


Ms. Sandi McFadden is the recipient of the Causici Capellano Award (now the PM Forni Award)

2019 Soria Award


Mrs. Mary Mangione is the recipient of the 2018 Soria Award

Board of Advisors

Robert Baldassari, Treasurer  - Principal, Matthews, Carter & Boyce

Jay I. Block Esq. - Law Offices of Jay I. Block

Ed Bosco   - Owner Verde Pizza

Emilio Bramati   - Bramati Marbles and Granite

Patricia Bramlet  - Friends of Evesham Park

Fulvio Domenicali - VP Production - Pompeian

Pier Massimo Forni* Emeritus

Virginia Forni - Artist  

John Karlsen, Secretary  

Monica Lapenta, acting ED and CEO - Owner TransAtlantic Media Group

Francesco Legaluppi, President and Board Chair - The Legaluppi Firm

Imelda Liberatore  - Travel Agent (retired) 

Armanda Ligabue  - Gala Committee Chair

Joan Magnani - Italcultura 

Lou Mazzulli - HSS Inc (retired)

Gioia Milano   - National Italian American Gallery

Caterina Miserendino    - Archbishop Curley

Louis Miserendino. Vice President  - Calvert Hall, Director of the McMullen Scholars Program

Curtis Schwartz - York Road Partnership

Morris 'Chip" Weinman  and Beverly Weinman - Weinman Family Foundation


Our Partners