Convivio strives to be San Diego’s premier Italian cultural organization—promoting Italian culture through education and scholarly research—and embracing innovative approaches to cultural advancement. As a learning organization with a culture of inquiry as its foundation and an emphasis on community development and increased social awareness, Convivio has the following objectives:
Convivio sponsors myriad events such as educational lectures, film screenings, heritage exhibitions, artisan showcases, and musical performances. Our auxiliary Web sites include ItalianArchives.org, the digital repository of Italian-community historical photographs, documents, and oral histories; and ItalianSanDiego.com, a virtual piazza for local Italian-community resources. Our newsletter, From the Italo-Files, highlights the local Italian community news.
Founded in 2003, Convivio is an IRS-designated 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Convivio strives toward increased social awareness of the Italian and Italian American experience. To that end, the Convivio vision comprises two components to foster unity and embrace cultural identity:
Convivio will achieve its goals for the benefit of the general public interested in Italian culture, as a legacy for the Italians of a new generation who want to preserve their historical narrative and advance their culture, and as a tribute to the Italians who helped to shape San Diego culture. Ultimately, Convivio envisions increased social capital arising from the establishment of the center and institute, thus adding an element of renewal to the whole of San Diego’s cultural landscape.
Convivio holds as its core values—
Convivio’s aim is to cultivate a sense of communitas and caritas through its approaches while combining education and scholarly research with community engagement and enrichment to promote a new model of Italian cultural advancement.
A little taste of some of the arts and culture the Convivio Center showcased
in Little Italy from 2013 to 2015. Videos courtesy of Louis Cutino.