Washington, D.C.

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy are headquartered in the former Payne Whitney residence on Fifth Avenue in New York City and at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., and have regional offices in Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans, Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

The work of the Cultural Services is variously advisory, conceptual, developmental, promotional and administrative. Under the direction of the French Ambassador to the United States, our mandate is to prompt and sustain a high-spirited cultural exchange between the most promising French and American artists, writers, thinkers, students, and educators, and to continually enhance the number and caliber of opportunities available to them.

The Cultural Services are always interested in new and challenging ideas that will bring French and American people together in creative collaboration. Our programs are offered either directly by the Departments and Offices or in conjunction with our non-profit partner FACE (French American Cultural Exchange)and Institut Francais. The Cultural Services also coordinate nominations and award ceremonies for French official distinctions given to Americans and U.S. residents in recognition of exceptional artistic and academic accomplishments.




2016 Grant Recipients - SPCD & BELC Training in France

This summer, 20 applicants from across the United States were selected to participate in two weeks of teacher training with the Stage pédagogique de courte durée (SPCD) grant. The SPCD grant allows teachers the opportunity to perfect their teaching methodologies of French language and culture at CAVILAM Alliance Française in Vichy, France June 29th to July 10th 2016.

Your Free French Language Promotional Kit: Et en plus, je parle français !

The Institut Français (IF) campaign takes a modern perspective on French and those who speak it, presenting French as a language of employment, innovation, technology, and business around the world. Communication materials for Et en plus, je parle français! display multiple profiles of real people from around the world who speak French. For access to the communication kit from the Institut Français, please contact Leah.Miller@diplomatie.gouv.fr after September 2nd and start promoting French language learning on your campus today!

Opera Lafayette presents: Une Éducation Manquée

February 2 & 3, 2016 | 7:00 pm
The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Opera Lafayette, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, presents Emmanuel Chabrier’s opera Une Éducation Manquée (An Incomplete Education) with libretto by Eugène Letterier and Albert Vanloo at The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

Chateaubriand Fellowship 2016/2017 call for proposal is now open !

The Higher Education department of the French Embassy is pleased to inform you that the Chateaubriand Fellowship Call for applications for the academic year 2016/2017 is now open. Every year, it allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for up to 9 months.

Celebrating the legacy of Rameau - an interview with Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette

According to the foundations of musical harmony established in the Traité de l’harmonie, “the Ancients” based the rules of harmony on melody, instead of beginning with harmony. The author of this famous text – one on harmony which is now the basis of most 20th-century music textbooks – is Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 – 1764), a French composer of the late Baroque period who earned recognition through his complex operas and research in music theory.

Support for French Dual Language & Immersion Programs

A new grant program to support French dual language and immersion programs in public schools across the country! The Fund for French Dual Language and Immersion Programs in the U.S. supports these programs, which prepare students for a successful intellectual, multicultural, and global future. View 2016 grant recipients and find out more about the types of projects the Fund supports.

2016 ACTFL Convention

In November, four members of the French Embassy's Cultural Services presented at the 2016 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, in Boston, Massachusetts.

New French Immersion Program in Los Angeles!

The Frank D. Parent TK-8 World Language School will launch a new French immersion program October 8th, 2017! Classes will be taught 90% in French and 10% in English, and will be kept small to facilitate individualized instruction by teachers who use learning techniques tailored to students. Enroll now for the the 2017-2018 school year! Visit the school's website here: http://parent.myiusd.net/

First Public French Immersion Program in Arizona!

Desert Sun Academy is launching its French immersion program in August 2016, for Kinder and 1st grade. Find more information on the school's website [http://www.ccusd93.org/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectio...

French Heritage Language Program in Northern California

The French Heritage Language Program is launching an experimentation on the West Coast with Education Française de la Bay Area (EFBA) association, with educational efforts to support French-speaking Haitian communities.

School Board of Broward County & Académie de Montpellier: 3 years of International Partnership

Congratulations to the School Board of Broward County in Florida and the Académie de Montpellier in France for three years of partnership between their school districts!
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