|Dante Alighieri Miami, European Cultural Institute|
Following the long and prestigious tradition of our organization, which was founded in Rome in 1889, the Societa Dante Alighieri in Miami was created in 1997 to serve the interests of Italy and Italians in our city. It was in the historic Douglas Entrance building in Coral Gables that we opened our first office, with the support of Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli and Consul General of Italy Marco Rocca.
With the success of our cultural events and Italian language programs and as the presence of Italy grew in our community, our institution flourished. The initial group of students and members provided the heart and spirit that guided our institution to its present form.
The Societa Dante Alighieri has become a vibrant cultural and academic institution with ongoing Italian language courses, wine tasting and cooking programs, and a rich agenda that is supported by more than 2,000 active members and students. Our institutional commitment is to work with and support the Consulate General of Italy in Miami as our principal partner, but we are also privileged to have official collaborations with the University of Miami School of Architecture, Miami Dade College, Miami Dade County Public Library System, Florida Grand Opera, City of Coral Gables, City of San Juan in Puerto Rico, Regione Abruzzo, Museo Barberini (Roma), Italy America Chamber of Commerce, National Italian American Foundation, and Miami International Cultural Alliance. The Societa Dante Alighieri, which began as the vision of a few, is today the forum for the dreams and cultural enrichment of many.
As our institution continues to grow, our goal is that it will continue to be a beacon where people of all ages, nationalities, and religions can gather to share their love for Italy and for the beauty and traditions that are synonymous with that country.
* Claudio Di Persia,
President and Artistic Director, Italian Film Festival
The relationship between the Societa Dante Alighieri and the Italian Film Festival goes back to the origins of our non for profit organizations in Miami. During the years the SDA, and its Director Claudio Pastor, have been instrumental in the success of the many initiatives we have partnered on. Working together on film screenings, art exhibits, concerts, lectures and an infinity of other project dedicated to the promotion of Italian culture and language in South Florida.... continue
* Adriana Sabino President of the Brazil-USA Cultural Center of Florida - CCBU As the president of the Brazil-USA Cultural Center I have worked together with Claudio Pastor and the Società Dante Alighieri in many projects that contributed to make Miami a truly global city.
As a student at SDA I enjoyed immensely the opportunity of learning the beautiful Italian language and the rich culture of Italy.
Thank you for bringing "il mondo in italiano" to Miami!
* Nino Pernetti - Italy Come proprietario del Caffe' Abrracci, ritengo che la Dante rappresenti uno instrumento fortemente attivo e di fondametale importanza nell'ottica della promozione della cultura italiana a Miami... continue
* Aufenthalt Antje - Germany Alessandra und Ihrer Familie sind wundervoll. Und ich bedaure schon heute, dass ich dieses Jahr aussetzen muss. Denn ganz gleich, welches Level an italienischen Sprachkenntnissen vorhanden sind oder auch nicht - hier kommt jeder auf seine Kosten.... continue
* R. Mori- Dijon, France Il y a quelques années désirant retrouver mes origines italiennes ,j’ai commencé seul l’apprentissage de l’italien.... continue