& Welcome

To the Italian Educational Cultural Center, Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo

 A SPECIAL HOLIDAY PROGRAM Sunday, December 13th @ 4pm

-details below


NEW! CASA COLOMBO BOOK - details below

Carnevale 2021 has been postponed - new date TBD


LEARN ITALIAN- see below

NEW EXHIBIT: by artists Lisa Collodoro & Tharanga Goonetilleke.  Click the gallery link below.

To PURCHASE ART  from the galleries, click here to our store.


Exhibits & Events


A Special Holiday Program with Carla Gambescia -
Sunday, December 13th @4 pm

Discover the surprising stories behind some of our most cherished holiday traditions from Saint Nicholas (Babbo Natale) and the nativity, to candy canes and Christmas stockings. We’ll explore how both the pagan and Christian magically coalesced into the holiday we celebrate today as well as a few less familiar uniquely Italian customs such as the Feast of the Epiphany and wearing red underwear!  Intrigued? Andiamo! Join us, and let’s celebrate Natale and Capodanno together. Award-winning author, lecturer and photographer, Carla Gambescia, will be our guide to the holiday festivities!

Casa Colombo Book: A Constant Dynamic Presence in Jersey City

"A key landmark in the history of immigration to New Jersey, Casa Colombo has acted as a bridge between the old world and the new, facilitating Italian immigrants' integration into American society while protecting their cultural legacy for future generations".

                                  - Melissa Dulebohn


The history and roots of Casa Colombo, a gem hidden in downtown Jersey City, based on the research by Allen Kratz.

Purchase Price: $29.95 (includes shipping)

Note: Giving this as a gift?  If the book is to be shipped to a location different than your billing address, email info@casacolombo.org

Exhibit: Artists Lisa Collodoro & Tharanga Goonetilleke

Return to Innocence

01 Oct 2020 - 30 Nov 2020

This show centers upon themes of motherhood, the freedom of childhood and the exploration of self.  The drawings and paintings of both artists are as diverse in styles as they come.  However, their ability to emote volumes through minimalism brings these two artists together. 

Lisa brings life to geometry and uses pops of color to express joy and exuberance, while Tharanga uses both subtle and elaborate renderings to her drawings to express deep emotions and profound nuances of life.

Lisa Collodoro: www.lisacollodoro.com, @lisacollodoro

Tharanga Goonetilleke: www.tharangagoonetilleke.com, @tharanga20g

Click the gallery link to view their art.

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Upcoming Events

IECC programming is currently on hold due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

However, you can look forward to these upcoming events scheduled for the fall:

1. Presentation of a Booklet on the history of Casa Colombo

2. Video on the Italian heritage Gallery

3. Virtual Tour Video of the Italian Village

Thank you and stay safe!

Exhibit: Italian Heritage Room

Open all year!

Come and visit our Heritage room and you'll be instantly transported from the 1920's to 1950's.  Tuesday 10 am - 3 pm, Thursday 10 am - 3 pm, and by appointment.  No registration needed.  Free Admission.

(Due to covid, please call for an appointment.)

Exhibit: Italian Village

Open all year!

The Italian Village in the heart of Jersey City has been home to many Italian immigrants.  Immerse yourself in an era gone by that has left indelible memories.  Tuesday 10 am - 3 pm, Thursday 10 am - 3 pm, and by appointment.  No registration needed.  Free Admission.

(Due to covid, please call for an appointment.)


The Italian Educational & Cultural Center/Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo (IECC), a 501c3 not for profit organization, serves as a cultural multi-media link between the past and the future of the American and Italian communities of Jersey City.  IECC has a two-fold mission: (1) To honor Casa Colombo's place in immigration history by maintaining its historic building and by displaying historical materials and artifacts, and interpreting them for a culturally diverse population in Jersey City and Hudson County, and (2) To foster the visual arts and humanities in the area through visual arts exhibits, performances, concerts, cultural, educational, and literary events, tours, and other programming.


Memberships and Hall rentals please click below.

Shop through our store! For event tickets please refer to the event page for reservations of purchases.

To reserve our hall please contact us through our contact page

Are you an Artist and would like to showcase your artwork at IECC? Fill out the forms below and email them to: info@casacolombo.org
Artist Application Form
Gallery layout and square footage
Casa Colombo Artist Agreement Form
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Italian Educational Cultural Center, Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo

Designed by Andreà Cassar

Edited by Anne Curcio

Events are made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive & the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.