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French Institute Alliance Française is an American, private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3), non-governmental organization. Its mission is to promote and enhance the knowledge and appreciation of French and Francophone culture, to increase the knowledge of the French language, and to encourage interaction among French, Francophone and American people through programs in education and the arts.
Founded at the turn of 20th century, the French Institute and the Alliance Française de New York operated as two separate organizations, the first promoting French arts, the second teaching French. In 1971 they merged to form what has become one of the largest and most respected centers of French-American activities in the United States: the French Institute Alliance Française.
FIAF, located at 22 East 60th Street between Park and Madison Avenues on New York City's Upper Eastside, is housed in a beautiful Beaux Arts building reminiscent of the architecture of Haussmann Paris.
FIAF is home to: a 400-seat theater, Florence Gould Hall Theater, where we present LIVE performing arts events and New York's only year-round French cinema series-CinémaTuesdays; and an Auditorium where we present culinary, literary, and other cultural events and lectures. Over 6000 students learn French at our Language Center, New York's leading center for French language. The Haskell Libray is the most comprehensive private French library in the United States. Our dramatic penthouse space, Le Skyroom (featuring a demonstration kitchen) where we hold our Art de Vivre events, and the recently opened FIAF Gallery ensure FIAF's place as a vibrant cultural force for New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds.
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