To build and strengthen the cultural identity of Italians and Italian Americans through public educational programs that preserve and promote an accurate, bias-free and non-stereotyped understanding and awareness of historical and current contributions and accomplishments of people of Italian heritage.
Mantenere e rafforzare l’identità culturale italiana e italoamericana attraverso programmi di istruzione pubblica che assicurino e promuovano la comprensione e la consapevolezza dei contributi e dei successi, presenti e passati, della comunità di discendenza italiana.
The New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission (NJIHC) raises public awareness of the rich and varied culture, positive achievements and traditions of Italy, the Italian people, and Italian Americans as these have contributed to American and world civilization.
The more than two million descendants of Italian immigrants in New Jersey form a vast, untapped reservoir for the development of leadership talent. Sharing a common purpose, they are the driving force behind the work and goals of the Commission.
NJIHC engages in the development, support and production of education programs, forums, seminars, publications and exchanges for schools and private and public sector audiences throughout the state. The Commission brings long overdue recognition to Italian accomplishments that have improved the quality of life for all, be it the sciences, jurisprudence, the fine and performing arts, technology, medicine, literature, philosophy, or trade and commerce.
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