Alliance Française was delighted to receive an award of €48,500 ($56,750) from the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs to aid in the construction of their new FRANCO-GERMAN CENTER along with their long-time partners, the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta. The notification was received on Sep 21, 2021 from the Division of Culture, Teaching and Research of the Foreign Ministry in response to an application submitted earlier this year through the Cultural Service of the French Embassy to the United States. The funds, awarded to help build and provide appropriate technology for the new center currently being planned and built in Peachtree Center, add to the previous support of over $66,000, bringing the total French investment in the current project to over $120,000.
The Alliance Française Atlanta and Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta have collaborated in an active partnership since 2009 when they opened a joint center and shared office space in Midtown Atlanta. At the time, this collaboration was considered innovative and possibly the first of its kind worldwide. Since then, their partnership has grown, earning them a reputation as a European cultural center playing an important role in an international city of seven million that serves as the Southeastern United States’ commercial, logistical and cultural capital.
In partnership, the Alliance Française-Goethe Zentrum have presented numerous cultural and diplomatic events over the years: seminars, film series, concerts and debates, presentations of all sorts and social events ranging from literary discussions to wine tastings. More recently they have mounted jointly funded projects, including a successful film project that received the support of the Franco-German cultural fund in 2013 and this year, their on-going series of discussions, presentations, artistic and theatrical performances on Climate Crisis and Contemporary Culture.
Alliance Française Director, Dr. Richard Keatley and Goethe Zentrum Director, Oliver Gorf, are both excited and hopeful about the new move, citing how this move into the rapidly developing area of downtown, and in particular Peachtree Center, where Banyan Street Capital has invested some $60 million dollars to create and enhance the center’s standing as “a city-within-a-city,” with over 2.3 million square feet of office space stretched across six buildings, over 50 restaurants and retail shops, and three world-class hotels. Alliance Française and Goethe-Zentrum’s joint presence will bolster the already important international community at Peachtree Center as they join the German and Belgian Consulates and many important national and international companies.
In anticipation of their move-in, tentatively scheduled for January 2022, Alliance Française is offering a limited number of in-person classes in the conference rooms of the Harris Tower in Peachtree Center, classes that will supplement their full line-up of online classes that begin fall classes beginning October 2nd.