Partner Spotlight: Alliance Française d’Atlanta
Here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta we work with a wide range or partner organizations who support us in ways we never thought possible. Without them, our work here would be much harder and we’d find it so much more difficult to provide you with the services you receive and host such a wide range of events.
So, we thought we would shine some light on some of our biggest partners – tell you a little bit more about them, how we work with them and how their partnership with us makes a difference.
We thought we would start with one of our closest partners – the Alliance Française d’Atlanta.
Who are they?
The Alliance Française d’Atlanta is pretty much the French version of ourselves. First of all, they’re our office mates here in Midtown and the organization that the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta was modeled after – more on that later! The Alliance Française promotes and develops French in the US and abroad and has around 460,000 students per year in 136 countries around the world. Like us, they’re a member supporter nonprofit organization and have been serving the Atlanta community since 1912 and they offer language courses and cultural events throughout the year.
How have they helped us to become who we are today?
When the German government started to pull funding away from the Goethe-Institut in Atlanta, our supporters decided that they wanted to keep the Goethe name in the city. So, they created a nonprofit organization (Friends of Goethe Inc.) to raise funds to keep the Goethe alive. This organization was modeled on that of the Alliance Française who were already operating as a nonprofit. We looked at their set-up and how they worked and adapted it to fit our business. A few years later when funding was pulled altogether, we became the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta. Not much longer after that we moved in with our French colleagues and the rest as they say, is history! This partnership is unique in that it is the only set up of its kind in the world. You won’t go anywhere else and find a Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta co-locating with an Alliance Française! We think it works perfectly and we’re definitely better together than apart.
How do they support us?
As well as being the best office mates ever, the Alliance Française d’Atlanta supports us in many different ways. The partnership between France and Germany has been alive and strong for many years now and we’re definitely portraying that here in Atlanta. We work closely together throughout the year, hosting joint events, working on projects together and supporting each others plans for the future. If we have a question or query, we often head to them to see if they have a solution and vice versa. It’s great to have someone who is often dealing with the same obstacles so close by!
“Vive l’amitié!! We are so proud to be part of this unique cooperation with the Goethe-Zentrum.
This powerful relation between both our countries has become the engine that drives the European Union today and we are happy to see that we have become “The European Cultural Center of Atlanta”, working in partnership with many other European entities.
This union has been very enriching for both our organizations and our members, and it has proven so many times how much stronger we are together.”
Executive Director, Alliance Française d’Atlanta
So there you have it, our partners the Alliance Française d’Atlanta! If you’d like to get a little more involved with them, check out their website by clicking here.
They also have a great event coming up this weekend that you might want to get involved in! As you know, it was Bastille Day earlier this week and our French friends plan to celebrate France’s independence day in style this weekend:
Enjoy a French-inspired buffet, French wine, live music, Anne Fontaine fashion show, and shop our huge high-end benefit auction, known as the French Market. All proceeds go toward the educational and cultural programs at the Alliance Française. This all-white affair is not to be missed!
When: Saturday, 18th July, 2015
Where: Nelson Mullins, Atlantic Station, Atlanta
Admission: Alliance Française members $75, Non Members $100
Dress Code: It’s an all-white affair!