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The video that celebrates the Year of Italian Culture in the United States
Video Message from Maestro Andrea Bocelli 2013 Year of the Italian Culture
We are honored that Maestro Andrea Bocelli sends his personal message to promote the year of the Italian Culture in the United States. Italy has given the western civilization the art, culture, and history that no other country processes. I urge all of you to promote the year of the Italian Culture so that we can showcase the rich history of our motherland, Italia. Please visit the following website to learn more about 2013 year of the Italian Culture and to retrieve the scheduled events in your area. I encourage you to have friends and family do the same. http://www.italyinus2013.org
Please view the following video with Maestro Andrea Bocelli’s message in honor of 2013 Year of the Italian Culture in the United States.
I look forward to meeting you at the events!
Viva l’Italia! Viva 2013, the year of the Italian Culture!
Next WisItalia Meeting -
The next general WisItalia meeting will be held on February 23rd, from 9:30 am – 12:00 noon, at the Italian Community Center (ICC), 631 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee, WI.
Our meeting are open to the public and are special occasions to speak Italian and to submit suggestions and ideas.
We hope to see many of you there!
Read the summary minutes from the last meeting held on January 12, 2013.
Submit Your WisItalia Grant Applications for 2012-13
WisItalia updated its grant applications at the September 15, 2012, general meeting. Wisconsin Italian educators are encouraged to apply for a variety of grants for the 2012-13 school year.
All the applications and instructions are on the Grants page.
WisItalia grants are available for/to:
Support WisItalia! Buy “The Double Hour” DVD
If you missed seeing this award-winning film, now’s your chance to buy the DVD, and support WisItalia and the Italian language programs at the same time. This Italian film won Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Italian Film at the Venice International Film Festival. Directed by Giuseppe Capotondi, The Double Hour, is a stark romance, a touching, psychological thriller and a story about possibilities. La doppia ora: A second chance, a magical moment when a person makes a wish, hoping against hope for a better life, for love, for redemption.
To buy the DVD, use the following link http://affiliates.docurama.com/jrox.php?id=10281_126 and WisItalia will receive 10% of the sale price, which will go to the Italian language programs in Wisconsin. Grazie mille for your support!
Funds from the Italian Government, Business Sponsorships and Private Donations Support Italian Education in Wisconsin
In October, 2011, the Italian Government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate General for Italians Abroad and Migration Policies-Office II, in conjunction with the Consulate General of Italy of Chicago, gave WisItalia their annual grant of $9,258 for scholastic support for the Italian language programs in Wisconsin for the 2011-12 school year.
As of June 12, 2012, WisItalia has awarded $10,300 in grants for the 2011-12 school year to help offset educational expenses for the Wisconsin Italian language programs/conferences. The majority of the funds came from the Italian government, with the balance of over $1,000 coming from business sponsorships and private donations.
These grant funds go directly to certain Wisconsin schools/programs that teach the Italian language, to support their language programs. These funds are used to purchase teaching materials, to augment teacher or teaching assistant pay, or for any legitimate and academically sound activity that furthers the study of Italian language and culture.
In addition, these funds help offset the cost of educational expenses, such as coursework for teachers to obtain their license to teach Italian in the Wisconsin public school system, as well as conference and workshop fees for the teachers’ continuing education.
WisItalia greatly appreciates this support from the Italian government, especially from Roberto Pennazzato,
Dirigente/Director, Education Office, Consulate General of Italy of Chicago, as well as the business sponsors and private donors.
Consider Making a Tax-Deductible Donation to WisItalia
If you think teaching Italian to Wisconsin students is a worthwhile endeavor, then consider making a tax-deductible donation to WisItalia. We depend on funds from the Italian government and private donations to support the Italian language programs and teachers in Wisconsin. Your support is needed during these tough economic times, as many school budgets have been cut and providing Italian teaching materials can be expensive.
There are two easy ways to make your donation:
1. Use the “Donate” button to show your support.
It’s an easy and secure way to make your donations, and you DO NOT need a PayPal account yourself, as the system takes credit or debit cards.
2. Or, you can send a check or money order.
View the Support Italian Language Programs in Wisconsin! page for more information.
QR Code for WisItalia
- By Rita Prigioni
Ever wonder what those funny looking square boxes are that you may be seeing in advertisements or websites? These boxes are known as “Quick Response” codes. These codes turn URLs, vCards, or any kind of text into modules arranged in a square pattern that you can scan onto your smartphone or cell phone instantaneously, with no typing required. Lately, QR codes have appeared on flyers, postcards, business cards, t-shirts, stickers, etc. It’s a great way to link your brochures or flyers back to your websites.
So how do you read or activate these codes? First, you will need to download a QR Reader app to your smartphone or cell phone. Most of these apps are free. Search the web for “QR Reader” and the model of your phone to find a scanner app; they’re available for the iPhone, Windows Mobile, Nokia, BlackBerry, and other app-based phones with a built-in camera. Then when you take a picture of a QR code, that opens up the code and you will be taken to a particular website, see text or video, contact information, or whatever what intended to be seen when the QR code was created.
I thought it would be fun to create a QR code for the WisItalia website, so I created the unique code you see on this page. When you scan it into your phone, it will take you to the WisItalia home page. This code could come in handy on our Facebook page, as well as on our brochures. Also, if any of the Wisconson Italian-American Clubs have promotional materials about WisItalia at their upcoming Italian festivals, you could print out the code and have it at your display table so that it will link people to the WisItalia website. If you would like a large-sized code, contact me at email@example.com and I will email you the larger-sized QR code. So, what are you waiting for, give it a try!
Learn more about QR Codes (exit WisItalia).
The WisItalia brochure, revised in December 2011, now has the QR code. The content was written by Rita Prigioni, and the layout and graphic design was provided by Nathan Godding. View the WisItalia Brochure (pdf) to learn about the services and activities supported or provided by WisItalia. Use it at Italian-American Club, Festival or School events. The brochure contains a summary of the information contained on the WisItalia website and is summarized on an About WisItalia page. The link for About WisItalia is located on the left-hand side bar, as well as on the Mission page.
Searching for Family Immigration Stories
Great Chicago Italian Recipes.com is currently searching for family immigration stories or just Italian family stories that can be included in their “Italian American Heritage Preservation” section of their website. The section has been up since June of 2007 and they are looking for more stories. If you or members of your organization would like to contribute, all that needs to be done is to submit stories to be published on that site. It’s easy to do and it’s completely free. View the online Italian American Heritage Preservation form for details (exit WisItalia). This link has been added to theWisItalia Links page for future reference, under Miscellaneous Links.
Some documents on this site have been converted into a .pdf format. You will need the free Acrobat Reader® (exit WisItalia) software to view and print portable document format (PDF) files.