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Do you have to be Italian to be a member of the Vermont Italian Cultural Association?

Like a big Italian family, we welcome everyone! If you're interested in any aspect of Italian culture, we invite you to join.

Who is responsible for leading the Organization?

An elected board of volunteer directors is responsible for the day-to-day duties of VICA. In addition to the board there are  several committees including Membership, Programs and Events, Marketing and Publicity, Sponsorships & Grants, and Administration.

What are the benefits of membership?

As a member you will receive a copy of VICA's quarterly newsletter, Il Messaggio, announcements for special events and discounts on VICA-sponsored trips as well as fee-based events. Membership includes the opportunity to participate in VICA events throughout the year.

What activities does VICA offer members?

VICA offers educational programming in Italian culture including language groups, Italian films, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, opera trips, bocce instruction and competition, as well as countless opportunities to meet and socialize with other VICA members at luncheons, annual dinners and traditional celebrations such as L'Epifania. Through the year VICA sponsors lectures by local VICA members and guests, as well as guests from Italy who present on a wide range of topics. Each summer VICA holds an annual meeting and picnic for members and their families.

How do I make a donation to VICA?

VICA is funded through membership fees and fundraising events. Additional donations in any amount may be made to offset operating expenses. We also welcome restricted gifts to our Grants Fund. You may donate online or send a check to: Vermont Italian Cultural Association; P.O. Box 4054, Burlington, VT 05406-4054. Please indicate if your gift should be designated to the Grants Fund.

I operate a local business with a connection to Italian culture. How can I get involved?

Our business partners are valued for their commitment to sharing Italian culture as business owners, native-born Italians, Italian Americans and purveyors of Italian food, wine and Italian made products. Many are small producers and artisans who are preserving the traditions and craftsmanship made famous by Italians both in Italy and here in Vermont. An annual business membership to VICA is $100. Contact VTItalianCulturalAssoc@gmail.com to learn more or join here.

Do I have to be a VICA member to sign up for an event?

Some VICA-sponsored events and activities are available exclusively to VICA members. These are designated as such under the event description. Other events and activities are co-hosted with community business and organizations and are generally open to the public.