Founded in Paris in 1883, the Alliance Française promotes French language and culture. Worldwide there are over 1,135 chapters in 138 countries, with 130 chapters in the United States. The Alliance Française is the largest cultural network in the world. Each Alliance Française is governed locally and is operated as an independent, non-profit, non-political, non-discriminatory organization.
The Alliance Française began in Minnesota in the 1920s with a small group interested in the language and culture of France, led by University of Minnesota Professor Jacques Fermand. By the 1950s, our local chapter had approximately 100 members. On October 29, 1975, the chapter was incorporated as a non-profit organization in the state of Minnesota. Today, the AFMSP has more than 1,000 members and over 900 students annually.
In January 1998, the Alliance Française of Minneapolis/St Paul purchased its treasured home at 113 North First Street in the historic Minneapolis Warehouse District. Our building was built in 1885 and has been listed as a Historic Commercial Building by the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission since 1971. This building provides a facility for cultural activities, presenting and promoting the arts and culture of France and French-speaking cultures around the world, as well as language classes and a library collection of more than 5,000 books in French.
Every month, the Alliance Française hosts numerous cultural events for French-speakers and Francophiles of all ages. Activities include film groups for both adults and children, book clubs of varying levels of French, a club for high schoolers to practice outside of the classroom, a young professionals group, a monthly breakfast conversation group for the community, Bastille Day celebration, musical events, concerts, lectures, conferences, holiday celebrations and more. Venez nous rendre visite!