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Tatyana Franck

FIAF Appoints Tatyana Franck as President

Franck Will Help Grow FIAF into an International Leader in French Education and Culture in the New Digital Landscape

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2021, NEW YORK, NY — The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) has named Tatyana Franck, 37, as the institution’s next President—charged with leading FIAF’s current growth in French education and culture in New York City and online—the FIAF Board of Directors announced today.

Tatyana Franck is currently the Director of Photo Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, one of the most highly regarded photography museums in Europe. Under Franck’s leadership, the museum has reached unprecedented heights in recognition for its enriched collections, exciting new partnerships, local and community engagement, and international influence. Her innovative vision of bringing prestigious exhibitions and making them accessible to all audiences has significantly grown and diversified the museum’s attendance. She also implemented a new digital strategy to expand the museum’s international reach. Her strong leadership, global strategic vision, and participatory management style made her the perfect choice for FIAF.

In her current position, Franck oversaw a much celebrated and critically acclaimed CHF 100M ($108M USD) new construction of the Photo Elysée and mudac, which more than doubled the museum’s artistic spaces and tripled the organization’s archives. She has also been involved for 7 years in the construction of the new art district Plateforme 10, and led an award-winning redesign as part of the project.

Tatyana Franck will build on current FIAF President Marie-Monique Steckel’s impressive 17-year legacy of updating FIAF’s renowned spaces, theaters, and classrooms, while building important bridges between French and American artists, thinkers, politicians, and businesses.

At FIAF, Franck aims to continue the level of excellence achieved over the past decades, bringing together stakeholders to further develop the institution.

“As chairman of FIAF’s Board of Directors, I was impressed with Tatyana’s immense leadership skills and global mindset in expanding FIAF’s reach in the coming years as the digital landscape continues to evolve,” said Charles S. Cohen, “Her deep passion for education and extensive background in the arts makes her uniquely qualified for this multi-faceted position.”

Before Photo Elysée, Franck was Director of the Claude Picasso Archives in Paris and Geneva and attended Columbia Business School’s Executive MBA Program in Asia, London and NYC. She currently sits on several boards, including the Swiss Federal Design Awards Commission, Art Museums of Switzerland, Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris (Treasurer), Fondation Art Explora in Paris, and Fondation du Jeu de Paume in Paris.

“I am thrilled to bring my international experience in public and private governance, my capacity to unite and mobilize important stakeholders, and my strong international network to increase global visibility for FIAF,” said Franck, “I look forward to working with the Board, my colleagues, and the French and American communities in New York to deepen FIAF’s incomparable position in the city.”

Franck will assume her role as FIAF President in March 2022.

Video: FIAF HyFlex Courses

HyFlex — The Flexibility to Learn French In Person or Online!

This fall, FIAF is introducing HyFlex, an innovative new way to return to the French classes you love.

With HyFlex, you get to choose what works best for you: Take an in-person class at FIAF Manhattan or FIAF Montclair, or connect online on Zoom from the comfort of your home.

FIAF classrooms are now equipped with 360° cameras with panoramic views and voice-activated focus. This brings students at home virtually into the classroom ensuring that they enjoy the same level of interaction with their teacher and fellow students as the students attending in person.

All fall classes for adults and children over the age of 7 will be HyFlex. Children ages 1–6 will have the choice of in person-only or online-only classes.

Fall classes start the week of September 20. Register now!

NOTE: Adult students attending fall classes in person must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Masks are recommended for everyone over the age of 2. Policies are subject to change based on guidelines issued by the CDC and New York authorities.

FIAF Safety Measures

New Safety Measures at FIAF

[Last updated September 21, 2021]

The health and well-being of all our visitors and staff are our number one priority.

The following safety measures are implemented for FIAF’s indoor programs in line with CDC, city, state, and federal guidance regarding COVID-19.

Mask Policy

A face mask or covering is required for everyone over the age of two while at FIAF.

Covid-19 Vaccination Policy for Classes at FIAF Manhattan

Students ages 18 and older attending classes in person at FIAF Manhattan are required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination on the first day of class. You must have received your vaccine shot (both doses if applicable) at least 14 days before the first day of class. Valid proofs include NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card or its Photo, or NYC Vaccination Record.

Covid-19 Vaccination Policy for Classes at FIAF Montclair

Students ages 18 and older attending classes in person at FIAF Montclair are required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination on the first day of class or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or rapid test) taken within 72 hours before each class. Vaccine requirement is only met if you have received your vaccine shot (both doses if applicable) at least 14 days before the first day of class. Valid proofs include NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card or its Photo, or NYC Vaccination Record.

Covid-19 Vaccination Policy for Indoor FIAF Events

In compliance with New York City’s vaccine mandate for indoor entertainment, FIAF will require proof of Covid-19 vaccination for all visitors, artists, and staff at an indoor FIAF event. A valid proof of Covid-19 vaccination (NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card or its Photo) and a valid photo ID must be presented at the venue for entry.

Proof of a negative Covid-19 test will not be accepted as an alternative to vaccination. The only possible exemptions from the city’s mandate are for medical or religious reasons. To request an exemption, please send an email to exemption@fiaf.org with the subject line: EVENT NAME – DATE. Attach the necessary documentation from a doctor or a note from a religious leader on official letterhead. Additionally, you must attach proof of a negative Covid-19 test dated less than 72 hours from the event.

Children under the age of 12, for whom there is currently no available vaccination, are exempt.

Visitor Guidelines

  • Masks are required for everyone over the age of two.
  • All visitors are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a valid photo ID at the door for entry into FIAF.
  • Wash hands as often as possible and use hand sanitizers. Hand-sanitizing stations are offered throughout FIAF at entrances, elevators, and other high-traffic areas.
  • For contactless service, we encourage all guests to purchase tickets, register for classes, and sign up for memberships online and in advance.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well, have exhibited symptoms of Covid-19 recently, or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with Covid-19. If you have tickets for a FIAF event, you can contact boxoffice@fiaf.org within 24 hours of the event for a full refund.
  • Event spaces, classrooms, elevators, restrooms, and other high-touch areas are cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.
  • We have made improvements to overall air quality and ventilation and expanded the use of high-efficiency filters in all of our venues.
  • All guests must follow the instructions of security guards, ushers, teachers, and other FIAF staff.

These measures are implemented to improve safety for all, but they are not an absolute protection against Covid-19. Guests assume their own risk by entering FIAF spaces. The measures currently in place are subject to change and may be revised at any time.

TV5Monde Gift

TV5MONDE Special Gift With Fall French Classes


This fall, FIAF French classes come with a complimentary six-month streaming subscription to TV5MONDE on Sling TV with access to the largest collection of French language films and television shows with English subtitles in the US!

Enroll by September 26, 2020 in any FIAF fall class for adults or children and enjoy access to the #1 premium French language network in the US for free from October 2020–March 2021.

Package includes five services—TV5MONDE USA, TV5MONDE Info, TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand, TiVi5MONDE for Kids, and TV5MONDE Style—available to watch live or on-demand on any device (TV, ipad, laptop, smart phone) via the Sling TV app. Steps to activate your complimentary subscription will be sent to you at the end of September after fall classes start.

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TV5Monde Member Gift

TV5MONDE Gift With FIAF Membership

Be among the first 100 to join FIAF as a Member (or to renew your membership) between September 25 and October 31, 2020 to receive a complimentary six-month streaming subscription to premier French network TV5MONDE.

Enjoy access to the largest collection of French language films and television shows with English subtitles in the US! Your complimentary subscriptions will run from November 2020 to April 2021 and will include five services—TV5MONDE USA, TV5MONDE Info, TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand, TiVi5MONDE for Kids, and TV5MONDE Style—available to watch live or on-demand on any device (TV, ipad, laptop, smart phone) via the Sling TV app. There is no cost or commitment associated with the subscription.

Once we process your FIAF membership, you will be able to opt into this special offer and redeem one of the 100 available TV5MONDE subscriptions on a first-come first-served basis.

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The Bureau

The Bureau
Exclusive Early Access to Season 5
with Free Sundance Now Subscription

Sundance Now is offering a free trial (30 days for FIAF Members / 7 days for Non Members) to access their online collection of movies and TV shows including the acclaimed French espionage series The Bureau (Le Bureau des légendes). Read these instructions on how to activate your free trial.

Sign Up for a Free Trial

With your new Sundance Now account, preview Season 5 of The Bureau ahead of the show’s June 18 premiere! Enjoy exclusive early access to the first two episodes of the new season from now till Thursday, June 18. And binge Seasons 1-4 all month! Named one of the best foreign language TV shows by The New York Times, The Bureau has lifted the veil off of the covert world of deep-cover agents and secret services.

Stream Season 5 Episodes 1 & 2

About the Show
Based upon real accounts of former spies and inspired by contemporary events, The Bureau is a smart and stylish spy saga centered on France’s “Bureau of Legends,” a government agency overseeing the training and deployment of deep-cover agents predominately on missions in North Africa and the Middle East. Now entering its fifth season, the acclaimed drama finds the Bureau in flux. Intelligence officer Guillaume Debailly, (Mathieu Kassovitz) codenamed “Malotru,” has gone missing. Meanwhile a new director takes over and paranoia mounts as a new agent, Mille Sabords (Louis Garrel), starts a precarious new investigation into the Saudi secret services. Breathlessly jumping from the Sinai, Phnom Penh, Moscow, Cairo, to Boulevard Mortier in Paris, The Bureau deftly examines the “human impact of deception” (The New York Times).

Binge Seasons 1–4

Watch FIAF’s Virtual Talk with Showrunner Eric Rochant

Important Updates

Updated: January 8, 2021

FIAF Is Open

Manhattan: Mon–Fri, 10am–4pm
Montclair:
Mon–Fri, 8:30am–4pm

Directions | Contact Info | Holidays

Please see program-specific details below.

The health and well-being of our students, members, visitors, and staff are our number one priority. We will be strictly following guidelines recommended by the CDC and public health authorities regarding COVID-19.

All people over the age of 2 are required to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing at all times. Health checks will be administered upon entering FIAF and a more frequent building-wide cleaning schedule has been implemented. Watch our safety guidelines video here.

Program Updates:

  • Preschool (IN PERSON): FIAF’s award-winning preschool remains open. For more information, visit fiafpreschool.org. Email us at preschool@fiaf.org if you have any questions.
  • French Exams: French certification exams have resumed at FIAF. Visit the Exams section for details.
  • French Classes for Adults:  For the winter sessions, FIAF is offering a wide selection of online classes for adults. Additionally, we will also offer in-person classes for adults at our Montclair location. NO in-person classes for adults offered in Manhattan. Browse upcoming classes here. Email us at languagecenter@fiaf.org if you have any questions.
  • French Classes for Children:  For the winter sessions, FIAF is offering both online classes on Zoom and in-person classes at our Manhattan and Montclair locations for ages 1–17. Browse upcoming classes here. Email us at languagecenter@fiaf.org if you have any questions.
  • Language Center Offices: You can stop by any Monday–Friday between 10am–4pm to sign up for French classes and purchase/pick-up textbooks. In-person placement tests can be scheduled by emailing us at languagecenter@fiaf.org.
  • Private Lessons (ONLINE & IN PERSON): One-on-one and small group private lessons have resumed in person at FIAF. Online private lessons on Zoom will continue to be available throughout fall and winter. Request a private lesson here. Email us at privatelessons@fiaf.org if you have any questions.
  • Cultural Events: For our winter season, FIAF will continue presenting virtual film screenings, performances, Art de Vivre talks and wine tastings, and more for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home. View upcoming events here.
  • Library at FIAF: The library will remain closed throughout the winter season. Limited drop-off / pick-up service for books and materials is available to FIAF Members. All late fees are waived and due dates extended to after the closure period.
  • Digital Library: The Culturethèque digital library features French eBooks, bandes dessinées, magazines, music, podcasts, children’s books and cartoons, and more. Free access is available to FIAF Members. Learn more here.
  • Membership: For insider access to all our events (virtual and in-person), free weekly French films, and free access to Culturethèque digital library, sign up for a FIAF Membership here.
  • Stay Connected: Exciting cultural content is posted continually on FIAF’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive information about our classes and events.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at membership@fiaf.org.

Watch LIVE: Thu, Jan 30, 2020

Patrick Timsit

Book of My Mother

Exclusive livestream for members of Alliance Française USA

Performance in French with English supertitles
Followed by a Q&A with Patrick Timsit

Acclaimed French actor and humorist Patrick Timsit returns to the FIAF stage in a moving theatrical adaptation of Albert Cohen’s Book of My Mother. Learn more.