About Us

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to encourage the study of French and Francophone cultures and language, and foster cultural, intellectual, artistic, and friendly exchanges between the French-speaking world and our local community. 

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your membership and donations are tax-deductible.

OUR VISION

To be the center for all things French in the Rocky Mountain Region.

OUR CORE VALUES

Community - Education - Inclusivity - Quality - Diversity 

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OUR HISTORY

The Alliance Française is a worldwide non-profit, cultural and educational center founded in Paris in 1883. It is the world’s largest cultural network with over 800 chapters in 132 countries, serving over 500,000 students.

The Alliance Française organization has 107 locations in the United States alone, which makes it the largest network of Alliances Françaises in the world, is serving 24,000 students (more than 48,000 enrolled) annually.

Our Denver branch, the Alliance Française de Denver (AFD) was founded in 1897 and is one of the oldest non-profit organizations in the Denver-Metro area. It is also the only wholly French language, culture, and resource center in Colorado. As part of this world-wide effort, the AFD is proud to promote the integration of diverse cultures within the Denver community.

OUR BENEFITS

The Alliance Française de Denver offers continued learning both in and out of the classroom, through a variety of cultural and social events, to more than 1500 members as well as to the general public.

AFD‘s events include lectures, art exhibits, film showcases, wine tastings, traditional celebrations, and cooking classes. We provide convenient language classes throughout the year, either during the day or in the evening, or on weekends. All classes are taught by native or fluent French  speakers. Additional resources are also available free of charge to our members.

Finally, the AFD’s library is home to over 5,500 books, films and audio materials to aid in the learning process both linguistically and culturally.

It is our policy to follow practices of non-discrimination relating to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, physical disability, veteran status, or political service or affiliation.

OUR PROGRAMS

The AFD‘s language school is a member of the Alliance Française network and offers language classes and programs for adults and children.Our cultural programming showcases many local events and our library and Culturethèque house the largest collection of French books, periodicals, DVDs, and CDs available in the Rocky Mountain region.




WHY LEARN FRENCH WITH US?


Our Teachers Are Native French Speaker

75%

Returning Students Increase From Last Year

50%

More Teaching Locations Than the Previous Year

25%

Event Attendance Increase Over Previous Years

29%



MEET OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


ZOÉ HESS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


 Zoé arrived in the United Stated in March 2010.  She first lived in Kansas City, MO and moved to Denver in May 2017.  In September 2017, she was hired as a Beginner/Intermediate teacher at the Alliance Française de Denver, and was promoted to the Learning Programs Coordinator one year later.  In September 2019 she succeded Martin Lafitte as the new Executive Director of Alliance Française de Denver. 




BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Alliance Française de Denver is grateful to our dedicated supporters and advisors from the local business, academic and cultural community. Our Board of Trustees consists of both French and American members who are actively involved in AFD's growth. 
We thank you for your vision and your support!
Don't hesitate to contact the AFD's Board of Directors for questions regarding our organization: afd-board@afdenver.org


Christophe Poulet, President
Michelle Bennewitz, Vice President
Juliet Mann, Vice President
Reynald Bodeux, Treasurer
Fritz Bart, Secretary


Emma Glass, Marketing Committee Chair
Melissa Young, Board Member
Christian Roche, Cultural Outreach Committe Chair, L'Alliance & Co
Linette Hayat, Board Member

Danielle Badler, Board Member
Susan Fedel, Board Member
Catherine Bedard, Board Member
Liz Ward, Board Member
Catherine Potter, Board Member




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