Italian Center of the West
About Us

Home About Us Calendar of Events Area History Links Italian in Utah


“Dedicated to spreading the best of Italian arts, culture and education”

Mission Statement
-To encourage participation in the Italian language, arts, and culture, through lectures, presentations, films, study groups, classes and other events and activities.

-To become the hub of cultural activities in the Intermountain West by providing facilities, instructors, and lecturers for people interested in Italian culture.

-To promote the awareness of Italian-American involvement in shaping the past, present and future of the region.

The Italian Center of the West was incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization on December 3, 2003.  It was the dream of several people in the Salt Lake community to provide a cultural outreach and education forum on the Italian civilization.  Through the efforts and generosity of many volunteers this dream became reality.

As a non-profit, the Center has a Board of Directors who are leaders in the community and share a common vision for the Center and a love of Italian culture.  Funding is provided by generous donations from individuals, business owners, corporations, and foundations in the community.

Our Beliefs
We believe that the Italian culture is the most familiar to the general public in the United States and that many people, of Italian and non-Italian descent, have an interest in learning more about it.  Can you think of any other culture that captures the attention and interest of Americans?  Consider the following examples:

Art                   Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo Buonarotti, Donatello, Titian, Caravaggio, Botticelli, Canaletto, Bernini, Cellini, Modigliani

Literature          Dante Alighieri, Giovanni Boccaccio, Thomas Aquinas, Niccolo Machiavelli, Petrarch, Cicero, Umberto Eco, Alberto Moravia

Music               Giuseppe Verdi, Gioacchino Rossini, Giacomo Puccini, Antonio Vivaldi

Fashion            Armani, Prada, Valentino, Ferragamo, Dolce and Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Versace, Bulgari, Pucci, Missoni, Cerruti

Food                Pizza, pasta, biscotti, risotto, polenta, cheese, wine, olive oil, espresso, gelato

Film                  Federico Fellini (La Dolce Vita), Lina Wertmuller (Swept Away), Roberto Benigni (Life is Beautiful), Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), Franco Brusatti (Bread and Chocolate)

Architecture      St. Peter’s Basilica, Colisseum, Villa D’Este, Piazza Navona, St. Mark’s Square, Florence’s Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Spanish Steps

History             Etruscans, Romans, Medieval, Renaissance, Risorgimento, Modern

The Center welcomes all people, Italian and non-Italian, who would like to learn about and experience the unique and exciting culture of Italy.  It is a culture that is both captivating and inviting which needs to be shared with everyone.

Programs and Activities
In its first 17 months, the Center has sponsored over 30 special cultural events.  Of particular interest were lectures on Italian history, Sicilian poetry, Italian-American culture in Utah, and books on Italy delivered by experts in their field or university professors.  Art shows, musical performances, panel discussions and roundtables have also been presented.  Events are usually free to the public.

Weekly programs at the Center include:

Italian film screenings: Sundays      4:00pm - 6:00pm
Conversation club: Sundays      2:30pm – 4:00pm
Social meetings: Saturdays   10:00am –1:00pm
Lectures, presentations:         Friday evenings—check Calendar tab




The Center also offers Italian language classes and can arrange private lessons.

As part of its mission to document the history of the Italian migration to Utah and the Intermountain West, the Center has started to digitize photographs and collect the written and oral histories of the families that settled in the region.  These stories and pictures of honor, family, hard work, sacrifice and triumph are being stored on the Center’s website for all to view.  In addition, the Center hopes to receive funding to make high speed computers available at the Center for visitors to access this information.  A future goal of the Center is to allocate space for a museum that showcases Italian immigration to the Intermountain West.

We Welcome You—Benvenuto!
At the very heart of the Italian culture is a generous and warm hospitality which we extend to you, your family, and friends.  Please stop by the Center, attend a film or lecture, volunteer your time, or financially support our efforts to reach people.  We rely on the generosity of individual people, company matching funds, foundation grants, and corporate giving to deliver a truly unique experience in the Utah community.  If you or someone you know can help, please contact the Center at 801-364-8259.

Copyright © 2007, Italian Center of the West 501 (c) (3). All rights reserved.
For more information  - email us