Marianna Gatto — the newest Contributing Editor to ISDA — is the executive director of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, a historian and author, with more than a decade of experience in public history, advocacy, non-profit leadership and education.
In 2008, Gatto spearheaded an advocacy campaign that resulted in an allocation of $500,000 in funding from the City of Los Angeles to repair the Italian Hall, the historic building in which the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) is located.
Explore the slideshow below that showcases IAMLA’s newest exhibition — The Sicilian Cart: History in Movement.
Gatto has authored and co-curated the IAMLA’s permanent exhibition, a seven-part exhibit that examines the history and contributions of Italians and Italian Americans in Southern California over the past 200 years. She has grown the museum’s collection from a modest group of a few hundred items to a rare repository of several thousand photographs, artifacts, oral histories and archival documents.
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