About Us

The mission of the Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa is to promote, preserve and provide education about all aspects of the rich Italian-American culture to the Des Moines metropolitan area and the State of Iowa.

In addition to our educational museum, the Center offers a variety of opportunities for individuals as well as groups to take part in programs and events at the Center. Classes in language, cooking and folk dancing are offered on a regular basis. Italian travel and cooking videos are shown as well as Italian movies. Group tours are given. The Center also offers self-planned tours of Italy as well as trips to various Italian festivals around the country.

Board of Governors

President, Paolo Bartesaghi  bartesaghi@iaccofia.org
Director, Patricia Civitate  civitate@iaccofia.org
Vice President, DeeDee Cordaro-Underwood  cordaro@iaccofia.org
Treasurer, Susan DeFazio  defazio@iaccofia.org
Secretary, Therese Riordan  riordan@iaccofia.org
Financial Secretary, David Miller  miller@iaccofia.org

Randy Prati – Gracy Kirkman – Darlene Cross – John Tyler 
Ralph Marasco – Samuil Pane – Rose Russo – Terri Righi-Ryner


The Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that relies on donations, grants and fundraisers to further its’ mission. Several options are available to meet your donation criteria.

Mail-in Donation Form

Thank you for your kind and generous support!