The mission of the Alliance Francaise de Denver is to encourage and develop the knowledge of the French language and cultures and to foster cultural, intellectual, artistic and friendly exchanges between the French-speaking world and our local community.
The Alliance Française is a worldwide nonprofit culture and language center founded in Paris in 1883. A network of over 800 chapters in 137 countries, the Alliance Française has 118 locations in North America alone. The Denver branch, called the Alliance Française de Denver was founded in 1897 and shares a history with Titanic survivor Margaret Brown, who held some of the first meetings in her home. It is the only French language, culture, and resource center in Colorado. Annually, the Alliance Française de Denver hosts nearly 100 free or low-cost cultural events for Denver residents, awards scholarships, and teaches French to nearly 300 students each quarter.
The AFDenver was founded to promote the French culture and other French-speaking cultures, as well as the French language. Through the years, the AFDenver has become a center of listening and speaking, a provider of hands-on cooperative learning, a cultural gathering place, a local resource, and, through the natural extension of its mission, an agent for the advancement of greater cultural diversity. It is characterized by a strong respect for all cultures, a passion for cultural exchange, the pursuit of excellence in all of its activities, and a capacity for modernization and innovation.
Since its conception, the AFDenver has grown exponentially. In order to accommodate all of its students and members, the organization purchased its own building in 2003 to provide classrooms, a resource center and an art gallery/event space, all under one roof.
"Of course I expected to learn to speak French at the Alliance Française, but what I didn't expect was to find such a warm community of people with such diverse and interesting lives. Our common love of the French language brings us together to enjoy the many activities and classes at the Alliance Française." -Nan Campbell, AF and European book club volunteer
"I joined the Alliance Française de Denver in October 2011, with my primary intent being to take French language classes to build upon my school studies of long ago. I enrolled immediately in the 'Intensive Intermediate' class, and was so pleased with the quality of instruction and the class camaraderie that first session, that I have continued on in various classes virtually every term over the past few years.
I quickly discovered, too, that the Alliance offers not only language classes, but a myriad of other activities to help strengthen one's French and/or to learn more about French culture as well. There is an extensive list of opportunities offered throughout each week and month, which include French films, book clubs, lectures, artists' visits, wine tastings, happy hours, and a grand, annual soirée evening in summer. Some are conducted in French; some in English. There is also a well organized French library of several thousand titles for members' use. Each week an engaging Thursday newsletter is emailed to members to announce and detail all the current activities and to remind readers of the available French resources at the Alliance.
Alliance Française de Denver is a welcoming, comfortable place where I have been able to improve my French, my knowledge of 'things French', and to make some very nice friends among my instructors, classmates, and fellow Alliance members." -Jennifer David, Alliance student
I love the fact that you can meet anyone at our "maison" and have an immediate affinity by asking when was the last time they were in Paris. AF de Denver provides a precious bit of French language and culture in the Rocky Mountain Region. For a country and region that's very insular, that's a very, very good thing.
Danielle Badle - Board Member