By Desiree Williams
The Alliance Française d’Indianapolis now calls Carmel home. The organization recently moved its headquarters to the Carmel City Center at Pedcor Square, 760 3rd Ave. S.W. Suite 212.
The Alliance Française d’Indianapolis is the place for all things French in Indiana, said Executive Director Jean Minka. This chapter is part of an international organization that promotes the French language and Francophone culture around the world through cultural activities, interpretation services and classes.
The Indianapolis chapter has partnered with the International School of Indiana for the past 28 years to grow the organization’s name and community impact. Although the partnership will continue, Minka said it was time for the chapter to find its own home.
“During our 2015 strategic planning phase, we came to a conclusion as an organization that having our own space would promote our growth and allow us to better execute our mission and better address the cultural and educational needs of Hoosiers and Francophones,” he said.
Minka said choosing Carmel was a strategic move for the organization because Carmel embraces the arts and cultural progress. Many of its members live in Carmel or near Zionsville, Westfield, Noblesville and Fishers.
“In terms of visibility and location fit from what the Alliance Française represents, there was no better place for our organization in Carmel, because we are at the heart of the city, where people meet to dine, shop, play and indulge in culture,” Minka said.
With the move, the Alliance Française d’Indianapolis will offer classes at the ISI campus and the Carmel location.
“We are so energized with the move, and we look forward to working with the city of Carmel, Pedcor and all the people of this city to continue to make Carmel one the best places to live in the world and a great site for arts and culture in Indiana.”
For more, visit afindianapolis.org.