Welcome to the Italian Cultural Institute of Louisville


The Italian Cultural Institute of Louisville, Inc. (ICI) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to celebrating and sharing Italy’s history and culture with the community, through educational programs and events.

We bring together Italophiles and those who desire to learn more about Italy and its rich cultural heritage. We interpret the word “culture” in the broadest sense to encompass the fine arts, literature, music, film, design and manufacturing, food and wine, and daily life in a contemporary context. Our emphasis is on activities which can be enjoyed by all, always with an educational focus.

ICI is a 501(c)(3) community-based organization governed by a Board of Directors. Some events are free and open to the public, while other benefits are available to members only. All fees, grants and other income are used to support ICI programming and scholarships which are periodically awarded to students of Italian art and literature.

We invite you to explore with us the old and new in the Italian cultural and social landscape.


You Don't Have to Be Italian

Some ICI members are Italian by birth or heritage, and some have had the experience of working or studying in Italy. Some visit Italy as often as possible and like to extend the experience by learning more about Italian history and culture. Others, without any particular experience, may simply be interested in things Italian.

We offer opportunities to study Italian authors (English editions), practice speaking Italian in various venues, and learn the art of “slow cooking” Italian-style from experienced chefs and experts. We learn about various regions of Italy, and sample wine, olives, olive oils and cheeses from those regions. We feature lectures on Italian history and art, our annual film series, and the opportunity to borrow an impressive array of materials from the brand new ICI Lending Library.

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Join Today

The ICI exists because of the support and participation of the membership. Membership dues are modest but provide for operational monies. Members are given first opportunity for limited seating events and are admitted free or at reduced admission fees.

 The true strength of ICI comes from the members who are generous in sharing their time and talents. The annual Italy Under the Stars fundraiser would not exist without the help of the members who plan, execute and attend this important event that underwrites the Student/Artisan Scholarship/Grant Program.

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