About Us

Italian American Cultural Center of IowaThe 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.

Dinners With Culture, a year long fund raising project, was introduced in February 2008. Each month a dinner is prepared by chefs of noted restaurants in the Greater Des Moines area and served at the Cultural Center. The menus feature the specialty of each of the various restaurants.

For more information on the history of the Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa, see our History page.

Hours of Operation

The Center is open on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 PM and on Sundays from 3:00 to 5:00 PM or by appointment by calling the Director at the Center, 280-3719 or at home, 244-4672 or 250-8804.

Board of Governors

The 2017 Board of Governors of the Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa are:

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

Randy Prati – Gracy Kirkman – Darlene Cross – John Tyler 
Ralph Marasco – Samuil Pane – Rose Russo

Meetings of the Board of Governors are held the third Tuesday of each month with the exception of December.  Questions or concerns should be directed to: Board of Governors, Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa,  1961 Indianola Ave., Des Moines, IA 50315.


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

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