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  • 15 Jan 2016 3:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Alliance Française de Detroit /French Institute of Michigan is hosting a celebration of the French Galette des Rois. 

    More details here 

  • 20 Dec 2015 11:12 PM | Anonymous member

    Enjoy this review of a musical celebration of Edith Piaf on the centennial of her birth:

  • 02 Dec 2015 9:58 PM | Anonymous member

    The Friends of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library has received a  donation of 500 books from a retired French language teacher.  The books are modern and classic literature written in French language.   These books will be included in the upcoming sale this week on December 3, 4 and 5.  The sale takes place at the storefront next to Superfitness on the southwest corner of Reynolds and Dorr Streets.  See the Facebook page at

    for more details.



  • 12 Nov 2015 6:03 PM | Anonymous member

    See Moliere's 1664 comedy, "Tartuffe, or The Impostor" at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre
    November 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22

    Wealthy Monsieur Orgon has welcomed Tartuffe, an evangelical fraud, into his home. Tartuffe threatens to marry Orgon’s daughter, seduces his wife, and steals his property from right under his nose. Tartuffe’s scandalous behavior is exposed in the nick of time, and Orgon learns a valuable universal lesson about trusting those who falsely present themselves as good men of God. The master of classic French comedy has created a saucy, sparkling confection that speaks to our times.

  • 02 Nov 2015 7:44 PM | Anonymous member

    In the context of the centennial of World War I, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago, with the support of DePaul University, offers to French professors in the Midwest a series of teaching tools on poetry during the War. Teaching tools adapted to fit student of various high school French levels have been created for a selection of poems by Guillaume Apollinaire, Romain Darchy, Jean Farré, and Henry Jacques.

    Through a variety of educational activities, the teaching tools help students put the works of the poets into perspective, gain a deeper understanding of the stakes of war, as well as acquire new French language skills. For each poem, you will find a series of teaching tools adapted to French students of different levels.

    For more information see:

  • 02 Nov 2015 7:37 PM | Anonymous member
    Writer and artist Raymond Fontanet, known as Renefer (1876-1957), was mobilized to serve in the French military in 1914 and, throughout the war, always carried pencils and a sketchbook in his hands.

    Renefer’s works included illustrated correspondence with his ​daughter – a unique testimony from a father to a daughter about life in the trenches. This bilingual exhibition presents the correspondence and works of Renefer during the Great War with each panel including text depicting the life of Renefer as an artist and soldier as well as some of his illustrations.

    An exhibition of Renefer's works continues through Dec. 22, 2015 at the Alliance Francaise de Chicago.  Details:

  • 02 Nov 2015 7:33 PM | Anonymous member

    In the context of the centennial of World War I, the Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago, with the support of DePaul University, First Division Museum – Cantigny Park, and the Renefer Association, offers to French professors in the Midwest a series of teaching tools. These teaching tools are focused on the works of Renefer and Alban Butler, a French and an American soldier, respectively, who both fought in World War I in France and published illustrated works of their wartime experience in simple yet moving images and words.  Students may compare and contrast the work of both artists as an exercise in language and cross-cultural understanding.

    This looks to be a great teaching tool. Even if your are not an instructor, and even if you can't visit the exhibition, it is worth a visit to the website:

  • 08 Oct 2015 6:31 PM | Anonymous member

    French Twist features 100 vintage prints from the golden age of French photography, 1910–1940. The exhibition celebrates the variety and inventiveness of native and immigrant photographers working in France in the early 20th century. The selection encompasses Eugène Atget’s lyrical views of Paris streets and gardens, Man Ray’s surrealist experiments, and Henri Cartier-Bresson’s pioneering photojournalism, as well as works by Ilse Bing, Brassaï, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, André Kertész, and Dora Maar.All works are from the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg.

    At the Flint Institute of Arts:

  • 08 Oct 2015 6:27 PM | Anonymous member

    The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Royal Academy of Arts in London present an exhibition that examines the role of gardens in the paintings of Claude Monet and his contemporaries. Arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, Monet was also an avid horticulturist who cultivated gardens wherever he lived. As early as the 1860s, a symbiotic relationship developed between his activities as a horticulturist and his paintings of gardens, a relationship that can be traced from his early years in Sainte-Adresse to his final months at Giverny. “I perhaps owe it to flowers,” he wrote, “that I became a painter.”

    While Monet remains the touchstone, the exhibition also looks broadly and deeply at the garden theme in modern art through the inclusion of paintings by other Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and avant-garde artists of the early 20th century. Framing these paintings in the context of broad artistic movements, as well as social and political events, will offer unprecedented paths for understanding the garden as a multifaceted, universal theme in modern art.

    For more information:

  • 07 Sep 2015 10:05 AM | Anonymous member

    The University of Toledo Canaday Center is presenting an exhibition celebrating the global connections of our city.  This exhibit is comprised of Chapters, one of which will feature cultural exchange organizations, including l’Alliance Francaise de Toledo.  Selected materials from the University collection will be on display that will be of interest to AFT members.   Another Chapter, focusing on Toledoans who have been influenced by other countries and cultures, will feature materials from Betty Mauk’s personal papers.   Don't miss this opportunity!

    An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 24th at 2:30PM on the 5th Floor of the Carlson Library.   For additional information call 419-530-4480.

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The mission of the Alliance Française de Toledo is to foster cultural, intellectual, artistic and friendly exchanges between the French-speaking world and our local and regional communities.

We accomplish our mission by providing a center with classes and resources for the study of French language and culture and by organizing, promoting, and enjoying cultural, intellectual, and artistic celebrations and social events.
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