Vive l’Alliance: Capital Campaign 2018-2020

Support Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul’s Capital Campaign!

A new home: the Joly Family Center for International Understanding

With the support of donors, members, students, staff, and community leaders, the Alliance Française embarked on a journey to a new home. Situated in the vibrant Harrison neighborhood of Minneapolis, our new location better fits our needs and gives our community room to grow and thrive.

Located just west of downtown, the building is fully ADA accessible and features increased classroom capacity, dedicated off-street parking, and the space to offer additional cultural programs, education services, special events, and language immersion programs for all ages.

Our inviting new home at the Joly Family Center for International Understanding (The Joly Center) combines Old World charm with modern amenities. The Joly Center has room for us to grow and further our mission to serve our local community by promoting the use and appreciation of French language and cultures.

A bright future

Our new home echoes the charms of our former location with exposed brick and hardwood floors, but with an added bonus: its rooms are filled with natural light.

Smarter and more convenient

Previously, the number of classes we offered was limited by our classroom capacity. Our new location will feature thirteen smart-classrooms, allowing our offerings to be driven by our community’s needs. With this additional space, we can double our adult language courses and triple our growing youth enrollment. This added capacity is critical at a time when schools are cutting foreign language programs.


A Place to Gather

A Place to Break Bread

From France with Love

Learning Near and Far

Global Culinary Traditions

Our vision: $5.1 million campaign goal

The Joly Family Center for International Understanding
Property acquisition includes the building purchase, due diligence process, architectural and other required professional services. This ensures that our new home meets our organization’s needs. In October 2018, AFMSP purchased the new building and currently occupies multiple suites, with phased remodeling activities to begin summer 2019. The Joly Family Center for International Understanding will be the home for francophone cultural exchange in the Twin Cities.

Once renovated, our new facility offers 50% increased classroom capacity. Modernized classrooms will be equipped with the essential technology and resources to support students for years to come. Expanded event space will host both AFMSP and international partner events. AFMSP currently hosts over 100 events with more than 6,000 attendees per year. To grow community and increase revenue, AFMSP is seeking an additional estimated $600,000 from corporate and community sponsors to include a teaching kitchen in the Joly Center.

Contact Us!

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Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
227 Colfax Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Tel: 612 332 0436

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