The Alliance Française of Providence was created in 1901 the third chapter in the United States at the initiative of Mary C. Wheeler, the founder of the Wheeler School. We are a 501c 3 not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of Rhode Island. Its mission is to promote and enhance the appreciation of French and Francophone culture, to increase the knowledge of the French language and to encourage interaction and friendship among French, Francophones and francophiles of all racial, national and ethnic origins. people through cultural and social programs in education and the arts. Membership in the organization is at an all time high with more than 300 members and over 700 "Amis de l’Alliance" who attend its events on a regular basis. For more than 100 years it has offered the people of Rhode Island many cultural, social and educational services and events. And now it is really waiting for you!
Bring a new dimension to your life! Let us bring you the French "Art De Vivre” right here in Rhode Island! Join us as a member or a friend and you will be part of a vibrant and lively community for the young at heart.
A COMMUNITY OF CULTURE (movies, concerts, lectures, wine tasting, holiday celebrations and more)
A COMMUNITY OF LANGUAGE (classes, children, adults, conversation, la francophonie…)
A COMMUNITY OF FRIENDSHIP (clubs, luncheons, fêtes…) France, Us and other cultures, everyone is welcome !
The Alliance Française de Providence is headed by a Franco-American Board of Directors with 21 members.
All year around, the AF de Providence offers a wide variety of activities, events and clubs. Don’t forget to take a look on this website to keep you informed with our schedule of activities, and please, forgive us for some incomplete pages as this web site has been officially put on line in January 2009. patience, patience..
Our French library is being developed with the 2 year goal of making it a full fledge Francophone "Mediathèque". It already contains 3000 volumes and we hope to make it grow to offer recent books and magazines published throughout the French speaking world as DVDs and CDs to the the members.
A large world wide network
When you join the Alliance Française de Providence you become part of a world wide network of friendship and culture !
The Alliance Française de Providence is part of the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world. There are 1040 Alliance chapters established in 136 countries, including 136 chapters in the U.S. serving 461,300 students. The AF is affiliated with the first of all Alliances in Paris where students can register for classes all year long. It is also an integral part of the American network of Alliances through the Federation based in Chicago and the Delegation based in Washington.
Today and the future
When you join the Alliance Française de Providence, you take part in a permanent and lively effort to develop new initiatives for our community.
We constantly undertake new initiatives to develop our Langage Academy, our library, our cultural activities to better serve a growing community of French, Francophones and Francophiles members and friends in Rhode Island.
One of our major achievements during the past year has been the creation of a League of Francophone organizations in the State of Rhode Island to unite all of the groups that claim some past or present attachments to the French heritage.