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The Cultural Services of the French Embassy
work with cultural and academic institutions
across the United States. Our focus is to
promote contemporary arts and emerging
artists. Under the direction of the French
Ambassador to the United States, Pierre
Vimont, our mandate is to initiate 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. Our
headquarters are in New York City and at
the French Embassy in Washington, D. C.
with regional offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles,
Miami, New Orleans, and San Francisco.
Each year, we participate in more than 1,000 events throughout the United
States. Without our support, the innovative and dynamic partnerships that we
develop, and which have significantly nurtured the art scenes in both the
United States and France, would not exist. The work of the Cultural Services is
variously advisory, conceptual, developmental, promotional and administrative.
Regularly, the Cultural Services join forces with partners to organize
I Kiffe NY: French Urban Cultures (October 2008), Graphic Novels
(November 2008), Festival of New French Writing: French and
American Authors in Conversation
(February 2009), Films on the Green
(summers 2008 and 2009), and
OohLaLA French Music Festival in Los
(September 2009), among others.
Little known is the fact that this excellent programming depends in large part
on corporate sponsorship and donations from individuals and foundations.
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy work closely with our non-profit
partner FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) to create grants and
programs that promote French-American exchange. We do not just promote
French artists and art organizations, we also actively support their American
counterparts. For this, we depend on the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as
well as on the generosity of our friends both in the United States and France.
In order to continue supporting the essential work that French, Francophone
and American artists contribute to our societies, the support of friends such
as yourselves is indispensable.
I invite you to explore our many programs. Bonne lecture!