Chi Siamo | Who We Are
In the early 1980's while lecturing on Italy, Dr. Ken Ciongoli and Dr. Mario Morselli attracted interest from the community and in particular from other Italians and Italian-Americans in greater Burlington. Born out of a chance encounter and drawn together by a mutual passion for preserving and sharing Italian culture, the Vermont Italian Cultural Association was founded. During the early years the group met in living rooms and later, in restaurants and community centers that could accommodate the growing numbers. Membership extended south to Barre and Rutland, communities steeped in Italian heritage. Sharing the bond of family and Italian traditions, celebrating the richness of Italian culture and preserving these for generations to follow was foremost in the minds of the founders.
Honoring the founders' vision, The Vermont Italian Cultural Association remains committed to preserving and promoting Italian culture in Vermont. We welcome anyone interested in Italian culture, arts, language, history and other aspects of Italian civilization. From travel talks and presentations, language groups, art and movies to cooking, luncheons and bocce socials the Vermont Italian Cultural Association will keep you discovering Italy in Vermont.
The Vermont Italian Cultural Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. The all-volunteer organization is led by a Board of Directors which is comprised of several active committees that plan and coordinate annual programs, events and fundraising.