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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 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.

Become a FIAF Member Now

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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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