The Bit Center (formerly Italian Cultural Center of Maryland) was founded in 1955 by Professor Regina Levi-Bianchini Soria, Dr. Raffaele Canevaro, and Mrs. Helen Knipp as Circolo Culturale Italiano and incorporated in 1999 joining forces with ItalCultura, founded by Hon. Francesco Luigi Legaluppi.
This decision was made to be more incisive in promoting the contribution of the people of Italy, their descendants, and the immigrant's contribution to Maryland and especially to Baltimore City.
The BIT Community Center Inc. is a 501C(3) charity registered in Maryland, working every day to build community health and wealth for citizens of the world who call Baltimore home and promoting Italian Culture and Heritage in Maryland.
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About Prof. Soria
Professor Soria moved to the U.S. in 1940 and joined the Notre Dame college faculty in 1942, teaching Italian. A 1979 article in The Sun described her as "a sturdy woman with a big smile, a living room populated principally with books and overstuffed furniture, a dedication to Italy and Italian culture, and a husky voice that gets a lot of exercises."
Prof. Soria was the first to point out what Italians have done in Baltimore when she organized in 1979, "The Marble Door," a conference about the influence of Italians in early Baltimore. In it, she discussed Enrico Causici, sculptor of the George Washington statue atop Baltimore's monument to the first president in Mount Vernon Place. She said she wanted the lectures to offset the negative image of Italians brought by The Godfather novel and films.
A memento of Professor Soria, the Center established THE REGINA LEVI-BIANCHINI SORIA AWARD that recognizes excellence in Philanthropy.
The BIT’s 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.
Robert Baldassari, Treasurer - Principal, Matthews, Carter & Boyce
Ed Bosco - Owner Verde Pizza
Jeanne Di Battista
Fulvio Domenicali - VP Production - Pompeian
Pier Massimo Forni* Emeritus
John Karlsen, Secretary
Monica Lapenta, ED and CEO
Francesco Legaluppi, President and Board Chair - The Legaluppi Firm
Armanda Ligabue - Gala Committee Chair
Gioia Milano - National Italian American Gallery
Louis Miserendino. Vice President - Calvert Hall, Director of the McMullen Scholars Program
Curtis Schwartz - Radnor Winston resident
Judith Thompson Miragliulo
Morris 'Chip" Weinman and Beverly Weinman - Weinman Family Foundation
315 Homeland Southway, Baltimore, Maryland 21212, United States
09:00 am – 05:30 pm
The Gallery it is open every First Sunday
of the month for its members only
(Oct-June) for Caffè Letterario
The glamorous event that everybody is waiting for! Sublime food and wine and incredible music for a night not to forget.
From left to right: Ms. Sandi McFadden, Causici -Cappellano Community Award, First Lady of Maryland Mrs. Yumi Hogan - Legaluppi Public Service Award, Ms. Mary Mangione, Prof. Soria Award for Philanthropy and Prof. Daniele Rigamonti, Montalcini Award for the Sciences.
First Lady of Maryland, Mrs. Yumi Hogan is the recipient of the 2018 Legaluppi Award.
Prof. Daniele Rigamonti is the recipient of the 2018 Montalcini Award,
Ms. Sandi McFadden is the recipient of the Causici Capellano Award (now the PM Forni Award)
Mrs. Mary Mangione is the recipient of the 2018 Soria Award
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