22 East 60th Street
Between Park & Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022
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French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of New York. FIAF's mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression.
Founded at the turn of 20th century, the French Institute and the Alliance Française de New York operated as two separate organizations, the first promoting French arts, the second teaching French. In 1971 they merged to form what has become one of the largest and most respected centers of French-American activities in the U.S: the French Institute Alliance Française.
Located at 22 East 60th Street between Park and Madison Avenues on New York City’s Upper Eastside, our beautiful Beaux Arts building is reminiscent of the architecture of Haussmann Paris. Over 6000 students learn French at our Language Center, New York's leading center for French language. The Haskell Library is the most comprehensive private French library in the United States. The 400-seat Florence Gould Hall Theater, where we present LIVE performing arts events and New York’s only year-round French cinema series CinéSalon; Tinker Auditorium where we present culinary, literary, and other cultural events; the dramatic penthouse space, Le Skyroom (featuring a demonstration kitchen) where we present exclusive Art de Vivre events; and the recently opened FIAF Gallery ensure FIAF’s place as a vibrant cultural force for New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds.
FIAF is the destination for French culture in New York, presenting a unique mix of arts programs including music, dance, theater, cinéma, and visual arts. FIAF's acclaimed cultural platforms, Crossing the Line and World Nomads, are presented each fall and spring respectively (by sherman). CinémaTuesdays features classic and contemporary French films, and the FIAF Gallery exhibits contemporary French artists. Art de Vivre, a lifestyle series, gets you up close with French designers, artists, and authors, and features exclusive culinary and wine events.
Part of the Alliance Française’s world-renowned international network, we have been offering the highest-quality French instruction for over 100 years. With over 6000 students, it is the largest in the U.S. and the only language school in New York dedicated to the instruction of French.
Instructors: Native French speakers, fully qualified to teach French as a second language.
Method: Developing communication skills through total immersion in French and by incorporating the use of video, audio, and printed materials, carefully selected to best fit students’ needs.
Courses: Widest variety of courses at all levels and interests for adults, toddlers, kids and teens are scheduled at various convenient times. Classes have a maximum of twelve students to ensure a personalized, student-centered experience.
Prices: The lowest price per hour with the smallest class size in New York.
State-of-the-Art Technology: Many of the classrooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs and interactive SMART Boards™.
John & Francine
The John & Francine Haskell Library at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is the leading French library in the United States.
This stateof-the-art facility offers over 40,000 books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs for both adults and children. The Haskell Library’s mission is to provide FIAF Members and Students with a dynamic collection of quality materials that are enlightening and accessible to everyone.
The Haskell Espace Jeunesse is a special place for children and parents within the Haskell Library. Interactive literacy programs for children including à petits pas Story Hour, Ciné-Club des frimousses, and L’Heure du conte are held in this space.