In July of 2018, the IAMLA received important funding from the State of California. Former Governor Jerry Brown signed the state budget, which included a $250,000 allocation from State Senator Anthony Portantino for the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles. Senator Portantino, a proud Italian American, is the author of State Resolutions Commemora...

A fun afternoon for the entire family! Italian American Museum of Los Angeles - 644 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 3:00 pm. Recommended for children ages 4-12. RSVP HERE! rsvp@italianhall.org or (213) 485-8432 About Leo Politi: Italian American artist and award-winning author Leo Politi wrote and illustrated o...

When the city began bulldozing the Los Angeles neighborhood he loved—the neighborhood he lived in—Leo Politi protested in the only way he knew how. He made art. Bunker Hill had captivated his imagination from the moment he arrived from Fresno in the mid-1930s and set up his easel on Olvera Street, sketching portraits of tourists to make a living. O...

Best known as a Caldecott Award-winning author and illustrator, Leo Politi pioneered multiculturalism in children’s literature and captured bygone eras and communities with his paintbrush. The son of Italian immigrants, Leo Politi was born Atiglio Leoni Politi in Fresno, Cali., in 1908. Located in California’s Central Valley, Fresno is typically no...

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marianna Gatto. Marianna, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. I’m a lifelong resident of Los Angeles, born and raised in Los Feliz and Silverlake, and from the time I was young, history, especially United States immigration history, was what ignited...

Fifty years ago, Los Angeles-based Italian American artist Leo Politiquestioned the the notion of "progress" "achieved" at the expense of the destruction of communities and history. Although primarily recognized as an award-winning children's book author and illustrator, Politi spent decades chronicling the city's diverse enclaves and captured its...

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) is pleased to present Leo Politi’s Los Angeles: Works of Love and Protest. Best known for his soothing watercolors of children and families, Leo Politi (1908-1996) was a beloved Italian American artist and Caldecott Award-winning author. For most of his artistic career, Politi used Los Angeles as i...

As executive director of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, Marianna Gatto has made it her life’s work to celebrate L.A.’s rich and largely unknown Italian legacy. Los Angeles is all too well known for its Hollywood heavies, rock stars and thriving Latino culture. But as Marianna Gatto will gladly tell you, Italian roots run rich and deep...

In 2008, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) organized a humble wine and food tasting event for its members. With virtually no promotion, over 500 people attended the inaugural event, including many individuals who were unaware of the museum project, and the more than 200-year history of Italians in Los Angeles. Recognizing that the...

The only reminder that remains of L.A.’s once-thriving Little Italy is the restored historic Italian Hall, built in 1908 overlooking Olvera Street and the plaza. To keep that memory alive, the 10th annual Taste of Italy will take place adjacent to the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles there on Saturday, Oct. 13. The food and wine event celebra...