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Il Rinascimento — The Expansion and Renovation of the American Italian Cultural Center


Last year, American Italian Cultural Center Chairman, Frank Maselli, hired famed museum consultants Gallagher and Associates to work on a master plan to redesign the American Italian Cultural Center. The design reconfigures our three-floor center and adds 1,200-square feet of air-conditioned space. We have hired architect, Frank Gerarve and the Lemoine Company contractors to complete this historic renovation and expansion which we are calling "Il Rinascimento" (The Renaissance).

The new blueprint for the American Italian Cultural Center is extremely exciting!
The first floor will have a coffee shop and cafe, a theater streaming videos of Italian culture in New Orleans and statewide as well as a gift shop that's easily accessible on the bottom floor. The second floor will be converted into a versatile reception hall that can accommodate up to 200 people or be divided for smaller venues or museum special events, videos and classes. Therewill also be Italian artifacts in changing exhibits on this level. The third floor will become the exhibit nucleus of the new center.

Decisions have yet to be made on exhibits in the main gallery, but major themes to be explored will include: "Who are the American Italians of New Orleans?"; "Where did the American Italians come from and where did they live and settle in New Orleans?"; "When did they arrive and the time frame of their movements?"; "What have the American Italians of New Orleans accomplished?"; "What have the American Italians of New Orleans contributed locally, regionally, nationally and internationally?" and "American Italians of New Orleans today."

As many of you know, the revamping of our center is long overdue. But to make this beauiful dream of ours a reality, we need your help! To become a part of history and make the new American Italian Cultural Center a reality, please consider making a tax deductible donation to Il Rinascimento by clicking here. With your help, we can insure the vibrancy of our culture lives on for generations to come!