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Illuminated Outdoor Exhibit “Volare” Currently On Display In Little Italy, Reproducing In Luminescent Key Best Known Song Of Italianness “Nel Blu dipinto di blu”
Illuminated outdoor exhibit entitled “Volare” currently on display in Little Italy, New York City
Italian artisans have created an illuminated outdoor exhibit entitled, “Volare” which is based on one of the most well-known Italian songs of all time, “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu”. The exhibit, which was produced by Artistic Director, Tiziano Corbelli and Craftsman, Antonio Spiezia is currently on display in Little Italy, New York City.
Message from Artistic Director Tiziano Corbelli:
I am Tiziano Corbelli, Cultural Promoter and author of the artistic and “talking” luminaries of Bologna, Naples, Milan, Sanremo, Pesaro and other cities in Italy.
I longed for this luminous project to cross the borders to reach the United States as a sign of real affection and passion that binds us as Italian citizens, who have known, and listened to, the stories of their family members, relatives, which led them to believe in a better life in the great country of freedom, guided by hope and a dream.
Today with this idea, I would like to retrace a path moved by a strong spirit of appreciation and research, attributing important meanings to the installation.
The work reproduces in a luminescent key the best-known song of Italianness in the world: “Nel Blu dipinto di blu” and sailed over that Atlantic as our compatriots did, days, weeks, months of waiting.
This initiative was promoted by Italian sponsors who were happy to support the exhibit’s production and shipping costs.
Volare is not just a song, it is much more, an absolutely original installation that wants to thank New York and the U.S. for welcoming our people.
Banner Image: Art exhibit “Volare” in Little Italy. Image Credit – Italian American Museum
A NEW HOME
IN THE HEART OF LITTLE ITALY
The new Italian American Museum (IAM) will serve as a cultural hub and community nexus for Italian Americans and the Little Italy neighborhood. Through permanent and temporary exhibits, robust educational and cultural programming, and collaborations with the community, the IAM will become the preeminent center for learning about and engaging with Italian as a platform for sharing Italian American voices and celebrating Italian American achievements, the IAM will be interesting to both Italian Americans and non-Italian Americans, bringing Italian American culture and heritage to younger generations and a wide range of new audiences.
The Italian American Museum preserves, promotes, and celebrates the culture and history of Italian Americans, serving as living record of their contributions to America and a bridge between the remarkable past and the evolving future of the community.
By allowing Italian Americans to share their story in their voice, the Italian American Museum will encourage a full appreciation of what it means to be Italian American.
Building Update / Annual Appeal
We are pleased to report that we have topped off our new building and the new brick facade is being applied. Below please find pictures of the new building and the brick facade.
Topping off the building
Close up of the new brick facade
View of the brick facade on our building
Due to COVID-19 we have postponed all of our fundraising activities for the year including our annual Golf Classic and Ambasciatore Awards dinner. However, we ask that you be as generous as possible during this time of our Annual Appeal since it will be our sole fundraiser for 2021. Please know that we sincerely appreciate your contributions and that funds raised will be used to support the construction for the new building.
We do so look forward to seeing you again at the reopening of the “New” Italian American Museum in Fall 2022. We will be bigger and better than ever before.
Thank you for your continued support of our Italian American Museum.
Andrà tutto bene!
Uff. Prof. Joseph V. Scelsa
Italian American Museum 19th Annual Golf Classic to be held on Monday, June 6th at North Hills Country Club.
North Hills Country Club
The New Italian American Museum: Architectural renderings and model for the forthcoming newly designed museum.
FROM COLUMBUS TO CUOMO
From our beginnings in Little Italy
The IAM is located on Mulberry Street in the heart of what was once the largest Italian community in the United States in the first quarter of the 20th century.
We became aware of the need for our own Museum in 1999, with the launch of the first major exhibition on Italians in America at the New York Historical Society, “The Italians of New York: Five Centuries of Struggle and Achievement”. The exhibit was a great success and we realized that in order to be part of the cultural dialogue in America, we needed our own Museum. So in 2001, we were chartered in New York State as the first Italian Museum in America. In our Museum, we seek to tell our whole story from Columbus to Cuomo and everything in between, our struggles and our accomplishments through hard work, ingenuity and perseverance. It has not always been easy but we have much to be proud of, for our contributions to American society are enormous. Now we will have a secular cathedral for all to see, experience and appreciate where we came from and what we have achieved.
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