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 to students as well as adults. The Center also offers self-planned tours of Italy as well as trips to various Italian festivals around the country.

Hours of Operation

The Center is open on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 PM and on Sundays from 2:30 to 4:30 PM or by appointment by calling the Director at the Center, 280-3719 or at home, 244-4672 or 250-8804.

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


Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa
1961 Indianola Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50315

Phone: 515-280-3719 or 515-244-4672