Maria Gliozzi is the Co-Founder and Director of the American Initiative For Italian Culture non profit organization incorporated in Washington, DC in 2013. AIFIC is the result of her passion for the arts, her love for Italy and the United States, coupled with her ability to develop a network of interested institutions, artists, educators in cultural fields. She serves as a Director of AIFIC and as also its President.
Maria has been engaged in the promotion of Italian culture since her arrival in Washington in 2007. Her principal activity has been to work with Italian cultural institutions based in America and some other cultural non profit associations and public institutions in Italy. To implement these relationships and increase the opportunity of cross-cultural initiatives, Maria attended successfully the International Art Management Course at American University in Washingtn, DC.
One of the main goal of Maria’s work is not only to create a cultural bridge between Italy and US, and explore two different cultural perspectives, but also to discover new young talented Italian and American artists, writers, filmmakers, and musicians who want to become known in the opposite country.
Just recently, Maria has been engaged with La Triennale of Milan as ambassador of the museum for increasing its international relations. The museum hosts exhibitions and events on contemporary Italian design, urban planning, architecture, music, and media arts, emphasizing the relationship between art and industry, design and art. The collaboration is aimed to enlarge the relationships between La Triennale and other international museums based in the United States.
Prior to her current career in the non profit world, Ms. Gliozzi worked extensively in the health sector. She graduated from the Catholic University Sacro Cuore in Rome, Italy with a degree cum laude in Dentistry, and she specialized in treating disabled people and teaching dental disease prevention in elementary schools.
When she moved to the US in 2007, Ms. Gliozzi worked at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the Oral Infection and Immune-Pathology Department, where she researched and co-published articles in several scientific journals such as the American Journal of Pathology and the Journal of Infectious Disease. She also volunteered in the School of Dentistry at the University of Maryland as a teacher in the simulation areas for best practice.
Maria is married with two children and lives between Washington, DC, NYC and Milan. She speaks Italian and English.