There are three classes of people: those who see; those who see when they are shown; those who do not see.
—Leonardo da Vinci
About the Convivio vision…
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:
- Establish the Convivio Center in San Diego’s Little Italy to serve as a community hub and social hall providing cultural events, educational programs, and heritage exhibitions. The Convivio Center will represent a unifying element for the local Italian community: By serving as a catalyst for collaboration of the numerous Italian groups all working independently for a similar cause, the center will help these organizations to share vital resources and increase their collective impact—a space in which to find common ground and a home for the Italian and broader cultural community.
- Establish the Italian Cultural Institute, an educational resource to be founded through collaboration with academic, business, and civic partners in order to promote Italian Studies and scholarship and foster multicultural awareness and understanding—creating a multifaceted academic environment. The Italian Cultural Institute will also serve to showcase new elements emerging from the culture alongside the rich Italian contributions of the past.
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.
More programs we’re working on…
La Voce Italiana
Capitalizing on the popularity of the music reality show The Voice and coupled with Italian music, La Voce Italiana will be a citywide contest for the best Italian voice; contestants must sing either in Italian, sing a song clearly associated with Italian culture, or sing a song by an Italian artist; all genres of music will be welcomed
An annual wine show featuring Italy’s best wines
Convivio Culinary Awards
An open invitation event to identify the best young chef in San Diego; entrants cannot be a proprietor or executive chef
Italian Community Organization Network (ICON)
A collaborative venture for community organizations that promote Italian culture
Convivio Prize For Science
Italy has a tremendous history of scientific accomplishment, and Convivio will launch its very own Nobel Prize-type award in honor of Italy’s greatest scientists
Our very own World Cup will deliver the Convivio Cup for this soccer tournament featuring 16 teams