What do Tom and Jerry, Woody Woodpecker, The Jetsons, Snow White, and The Flash have in common? In addition to being some of the most iconic series and characters in the history of animation, they were also conceived by or can be linked in some manner to Italian Americans. The impact that Italian Americans have had on the world of animation, and th...

Saturday, August 24, 2019. 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM PDT. The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, 644 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Quirino Cristiani - The Mystery of the First Animated Movies is a documentary by Gabriele Zucchelli that explores animation pioneer Quirino Cristiani, who is credited with producing the first animated film in 1...

Open to the Public. June 2, 2019 - January 26, 2020. Tuesday - Sunday 10 AM - 3 PM. 644 North Main Street • Los Angeles, CA 90012 • 213.485.8432 • IAMLA.org. Free Admission • Donations Encouraged About the Exhibition: Italian Americans figure prominently in the world of animation, having given birth to iconic series including The Flintstones, Tom a...

Saturday, May 18th, 4-6pm. Italian American Museum of Los Angeles - 644 North Main Street - Los Angeles, CA 90012. IAMLA Members take $5 off tickets. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS! or call (213) 485-8432. This is a 21 and over event. Proceeds benefit the IAMLA, a 501 c (3) organization. The event celebrates Italian-American heritage and the culinary impac...

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...