Il nostro aiuto alla comunità
Our mission is not only to teach our beautiful language, but to be involved in the Italian community in Seattle and promote the language and culture. percorsoItaliano is proud to be part of wonderful organizations operating in the Seattle area:
SPSCA (THE SEATTLE-PERUGIA SISTER CITY ASSOCIATION)
Seattle and Perugia have shared a special relationship for quite some time, and this was cemented with the founding of the Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association back in 1991. The SPSCA puts on a variety of educational events every year including book talks, wine tastings, film dinners, and more. Individual membership is only $25 a year, and there are many benefits such as information about local Italian events, the opportunity to win a scholarship to study in Perugia, and, most important, the chance to help promote cultural exchange between these two communities. You could be the next candidate for the Perugia scholarship, so if you're interested in joining, please sign up on the SPSCA website here.
HELP ITALY RECOVER FROM THE RECENT EARTHQUAKES:
Central Italy has been struck by several earthquakes lately and percorsoItaliano's thoughts are with those affected. If you would like to help in the recovery process, here are three reputable organizations where donations are welcome:
Department of Civil Protection- Presidency of the Council of Ministers (State Central Treasury)
Bank: Monte dei Paschi di Siena- Filiale di Roma Via del Corso 232
IBAN: IT 44 P 01030 03200 000006366341
Payee: PRES.CONS.MINISTRI DIP.PROT.CIVILE- VIA ULPIANO 11- 00193- ROMA RM
Causal: "Emergenza Terremoto Centro Italia"
Italian Red Cross
Bank IBAN: IT40F0623003204000030631681
Payee: Associazione Italiana della Croce Rossa
Causal: Terremoto Centro Italia
City of Perugia
IBAN: IT15V 02008 03027 000104430322
Payee: Comune di Perugia- sisma 2016
Causal: Perugia è Vicina
IL PUNTO! (ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTER IN SEATTLE)
The center is called Il Punto! (“the point”) because it is intended to be il punto d'incontro (“the meeting point”) for all Italians, Italian-Americans, and people passionate about Italy from around our region. The mission of Il Punto! is to promote Italian culture through our common passion for food, literature, art, design, film, theater, dance, language, and music. Il Punto! offers small Italian conversation groups twice a month for different levels. This is a great opportunity for students to practice conversation in a casual setting at next to no cost. Please visit Il Punto!’s website for more information about upcoming sessions, or contact Il Punto! here if you would like to be involved in any way.
We strongly encourage our students to join Il Punto! and SPSCA, both as members and as volunteers. Being involved in the greater Italian community is a good way to learn the Italian language and culture, and help out a good cause.
Other community involvement
SIFF (SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL)
SIFF is renowned for its annual international film festival, attracting moviemakers and film lovers to the big screen every spring for a great selection of films. We like to spotlight the Italian films at the festival by promoting them with students and friends of percorsoItaliano.
In addition to its international festival held every May/June, SIFF features Italian movies at Cinema Italian Style every November. percorsoItaliano has been a sponsor of this festival for several years now, and we believe they do excellent work promoting the Italian culture through a wide range of films.
Whether you are taking our film class at percorsoItaliano or you are just interested in cinema, watching Italian films is a great way to learn more about the culture and hear the language in a natural setting. SIFF is one of the country's most recognized film festivals and does an incredible job of choosing movies that represent different countries around the world. We encourage you to attend other movies as well, as we are very proud of how SIFF carefully selects films that will enhance your understanding of the world. Please visit SIFF’s website to learn more about its great work.
NWLA (NORTHWEST LANGUAGE ACADEMY)
We also collaborate with the Northwest Language Academy (NWLA), leading Total Immersion Weekends on Whidbey Island every year. Our Total Immersion Weekends are a fun and affordable way to spend a weekend speaking Italian, cooking an Italian meal together, watching Italian videos, and engaging in language activities on beautiful Whidbey Island—all without getting on a plane to Italy! Please visit NWLA’s website here and subscribe to our newsletter below to get the announcements about upcoming weekends.