Fazzino family, immigrated to American in the 1970s. Courtesy of Giovanna Addamo.
On Sunday, October 25, the Queens Historical Society (QHS) will host a live YouTube fundraiser as part of its celebration of Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month.
The evening event also marks the kickoff of a virtual exhibition and art talk honoring the contributions made by Italian-Americans in Queens, featuring presentations on the subject from scholars and historians.
Councilman Paul Vallone will welcome attendees for an evening of art, music, culture and legacy.
The lineup includes a demonstration about the history of Italian immigration to the borough by QHS Curator Daniela Addamo, a discussion by linguists from the Endangered Languages Alliance on the Sicilian and Neapolitan dialects, and interviews by QHS trustee Maria Becce.
Performances by classical jazz saxophonist Alex Madeline, as well as students from the Landrum School of Performing Arts, will follow appearances by Joseph Sciame, chairman of the Italian Heritage & Culture Committee and Ph.D. Director of La Scuola d’Italia Maria Palandra.
Internationally acclaimed Queens-based visual artist Clare Stokolosa is slated to give the keynote presentation. She will also be selling artworks from her #StayAtHome series, with 20 percent of proceeds being donated to QHS.
“I will share how growing up in Queens, my Italian-American roots, and spending time in Italy has inspired my paintings,” explained Stokolosa. “Collaborating with the team at the Queens Historical Society for this event has been a great experience and I look forward to being part of this exciting and informative program.”
Learn more about the exhibition and get tickets at queenshistoricalsociety.org/events