The Italian Community Center (ICC) of Milwaukee is an ethnic organization that was founded in 1978 to celebrate the heritage and culture of Wisconsin’s Italian American community. The most visible example of that is a four-day summer festival known as Festa Italiana that features food, entertainment and cultural exhibits that highlight the Italian experience. The ICC strides to promote ethnic understanding and racial equality and, in its 60,000 square foot facility, has been a catalyst for renewal and rebirth of Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. The ICC is open to all people, regardless of race, creed or religion.
The ICC, in its current location since September 1990, has been chosen for many political rallies and speeches and campaign celebrations. President Bill Clinton gave a speech on health care reform at the ICC on April 18, 1994. President Bush and Senator John Kerry held events here in 2004.