ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTER INC

Supporting Community Health and Wealth.

aka Be a Chef for a Day , BaCfaDBeat, National Italian American Gallery and National Children's Culinary Arts Festival   |   Baltimore, MD   |  www.thebitcenter.org

Mission

The BIT’s (formerly known as Italian Cultural Center) mission is to support an equitable prosperous Baltimore building community health and wealth for citizens of the world who call Baltimore home. Always inspired by our Italian culture, we do so by empowering families through the Arts, building community access to affordable quality food, providing food education, promoting food justice, creating international exchange opportunities, training, and jobs for young adults.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director and CEO

Ms Monica E. Lapenta

Main address

315 Homeland Southway

Baltimore, MD 21212 USA

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EIN

52-2169101

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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Be a Chef for a Day

Hands-on learning – this is the basis for BACFAD, which is the acronym for Be A Chef For A Day.
This is what we do: we use our Italian culinary history and art and deliciousness to teach children the skills of cooking and confidence. Our approach is unique in that it emphasizes cooking in the Italian style, while using primarily
the foods provided by various local food banks and pantries. This revolutionary approach, one that we have seen work well for 2 years and counting, has
become successful beyond our greatest expectations.
What started as a two day festival evolved into a weekly program that helps children who are struggling from all over the city and the county.
They learn not only what fresh vegetables look like, but they learn how to use them to create a healthy meal.
The program is free and open to everyone.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Mr. Brown represents the brown paper bag that
many children receive every month from various food banks.
Mr. Brown together with our professional guest chefs, will
use the foods provided from various local food banks and pantries to teach the children to prepare tasty healthy meals.
Mr. Brown will act as playmate and helper for the children on their culinary journey, in which they will learn and share in an open and magical environment – the kitchen!
(We have been very inspired by the teaching methods of 2 extraordinary Italian educational pioneers, Maria Montessori and Loris Malaguzzi).

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

The National Italian American Gallery aims at providing the local community the centuries-old Italian cultural tradition of inquiry and intellectual and creative freedom.

We will host exhibitions of aesthetic, social, historic and political dialogue with Italy.

A wide range of media and styles will unveil every time an unknown side of Italy: Italy through the eyes and experiences of the artists; Italy rooted in the peninsula’s current cultural developments and disappearing traditions; Italy echoed in the experiences of Italian heritage abroad.

The value of art is grounded in the Italian identity. NIAG aims at fostering public engagement, debate, cultural exchange and social awareness through visual arts. With its exhibitions and public programs, and through a wide support of institutional partnerships, NIAG aspire to create meaningful cultural experiences for a wide audience.

An audience of artists, art professionals and art lovers but also an audience made of people typically not interested in arts, but to whom the art belongs.

Multifunctional space for the promotion of artists inspired by Italy and Italian Culture.
B-More Italian Shop
For rental inquiries please call 410-547-9934

Population(s) Served
Adults

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ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 2/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Curtis G. Schwartz

John Karlsen

Revolution Events

Louis Miserendino

Calvert Hall

Fulvio Domenicali

Pompeian

Morris Weinman

The Weinman Family Foundation

Edwood Bosco

Verde Pizza

PierMassimo Forni

Johns Hopkins University

Armanda Ligabue

Judith Thompson Miragliuolo

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Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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