7 Things We Are Thankful For.


Thanksgiving and the Holiday’s are just around the corner so, of course, it got us thinking about what we are thankful for. We didn’t have to think for very long because it appears there are lots of things we are thankful for because without them, we wouldn’t be who we are today.

So, without further ado, here’s what the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta is thankful for:

1. You!

Let’s face it, without our donors, members, supporters, students and friends we wouldn’t be here! You help to pay our bills and keep the lights on which in turn means we can offer language courses, cultural events and be a central part of the cultural community in Atlanta. Without your continued support the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta just wouldn’t exist! So for you, we are very thankful indeed!

2. Our Partners.

Over the years we have built up some fantastic relationships with our partner organizations. Without these partnerships we wouldn’t be able to offer the wide range of cultural events and educational programs that we currently do. It’s with their support that our events are successful, whether that’s helping us to source a great speaker, equipment for the event or catering. We have a wide range of partners that we’re thankful for, from consular corps. to various different foundations, educational and cultural partners and of course the Alliance Française with which we have a very unique partnership!

3. Our Volunteers.

Every week, various people in the city head into our offices and give up their time to help us out for free. They expect nothing in return – great huh? It definitely is great for us, without them we wouldn’t be able to exist! They do a lot of work which, without them, simply would to get done as we don’t have the staff to do it. Whether it’s pouring wine at our annual wine tasting event, creating a flyer or program for an upcoming event, manning the front desk for a couple of hours or taking the trash. Our volunteers do everything and for that we are so very thankful!

4. Our Board and Founding Fathers.

We’re lucky to have a fantastic board of directors at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta that support our growth and ideas massively. They see the importance of the Goethe-Zentrum and have a huge passion to help us in our mission to promote a better understanding of German culture, language and society within the larger context of European life. When funding for the Goethe-Zentrum was pulled, our founding fathers came together to keep the place alive and some of them are still on our board today. For that we are so very thankful.

5. Our ability to fulfill our mission.

Our mission at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta is to promote a better understanding of German culture, language and society and to foster cultural relationships between German-speaking and American people. We do this through a variety of different ways, through our language courses and cultural events which portray German-American art. This could be through theatre, readings, exhibitions, concerts and film series. We’re so thankful that we’re able to do this, it makes all the hard work even more worthwile.

6. Our work within the local community.

Over the past year, our work within the local community has grown massively. We’re working with more schools and universities, talking to more students and spreading our mission even further. We’ve expanded our audience, we’re reaching out to new people with new programs. Our cultural program has grown along with our educational program – we now hold language classes in Greater Hall County. We’re thankful that we can reach out to new people, make contact with them and make them a friend of the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta.

7. Our staff and teachers.

And last, but by no means least, we are so very thankful for our highly talented staff and teachers. Our Executive Director Miriam Bruns does an outstanding job holding everything together and making the Goethe-Zentrum what it is today. That work in the community we talked about up there couldn’t be possible without our outreach and communications manager Meredith Steinmetz. Our language courses wouldn’t be as successful and meticulously planned without our language director, Tim Jansa and of course those classes couldn’t be taught without our highly skilled German teachers! The dedication and hard work that all of our staff put in make the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta the success it is today. Thanks guys!


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