Foundation & Government Partnerships

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian gives a speech at Villa Albertine headquarters in New York

© Beowulf Sheehan

Villa Albertine is grateful to its foundation and government partners for their support of this groundbreaking project!

Villa Albertine is a new cultural institution of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, supported by the French Ministry of Culture.

Several partners also serve a founding role. Villa Albertine benefits in particular from the support of FACE Foundation, as well as the Institut français, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, the Art Explora Foundation and the Centre national du cinema et de l’image animée (CNC).

These partners are joined by UniFrance, the Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap), the Association pour la diffusion internationale de l’art francais (ADIAF) and the French American Cultural Society (FACS).

The visionary commitment of this transatlantic and global community of supporters, dedicated to fostering a new relationship between France and the United States will enable a new generation of thinkers to explore intersections between cultures and disciplines to address the most urgent questions of our time.    

In partnership with

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FACE Foundation

The French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation is a US non-profit organization that promotes French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects, in cooperation with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. It coordinates support for programs in the areas of visual arts, performing arts, music, film, translation, and secondary and higher education. 


FACE Foundation is Villa Albertine’s main partner in the US.   


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Institut français

The Institut français is responsible for France’s international cultural program. Supervised by both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Culture, it promotes French culture abroad through cultural exchange initiatives. Operating in a space where the arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships interact and intersect, it is also responsible for promoting the French language and the sharing of works, artists, and ideas all over the world. The Institut français is one of Villa Albertine's main French partners.


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Florence Gould Foundation

The Florence Gould Foundation is devoted to French-American exchange and friendship. It has provided critical and longstanding support to enable the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and its partner FACE Foundation to foster French-American exchange across disciplines and make the very best of French and francophone culture accessible to diverse communities across the United States. The Florence Gould Writers’ Residency at Villa Albertine will create exceptional and enduring opportunities for literary creation for the most promising and innovative French and Francophone authors.

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Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is a global grant-making philanthropy that works to disrupt inequality in all its forms. Across eight decades, the Ford Foundation’s mission has been to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. The Ford Foundation works in 11 regional offices around the world and supports programs in more than 50 countries. Support from the Ford Foundation will enable Villa Albertine to welcome five residents from across the African continent each year and strengthen its professional programs in the visual and performing arts.


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Bettencourt Schueller Foundation

The Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation carries on the mission entrusted to it twenty-five years ago by its founders, André and Liliane Bettencourt, with their daughter, Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers: “Help talent reach new heights.” This mission focuses on three fields: life sciences, the arts, and solidarity. It is driven by core values and beliefs that serve the public interest and social responsibility. The Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation and Villa Albertine have committed to a bold five-year plan to promote French artists and designers in the United States, while helping new residents travel to French villas all over the world. The Foundation is a founding patron of this residency program, which aligns with the philanthropic mission it has promoted for the past 20 years in support of artistic professions.


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Art Explora

The brainchild of entrepreneur and philanthropist Frédéric Jousset, the Art Explora Foundation, which launched in November 2019, aims to close the cultural divide through a series of initiatives in France and abroad, drawing on new technologies and mobile systems open to everyone. It seeks to connect works with their audiences and to support new creation and innovation. The Foundation is co-curating eight residencies for the inaugural season of Villa Albertine.  


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Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC)

Created in 1946, the Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC) is a public administrative organization, set up as a separate and financially independent entity which comes under the authority of the French ministry of culture and communication. Its principal missions are regulatory: support for the film, broadcast, video, video games, immersive productions and technical industries; promotion of film and television for distribution to all audiences and preservation and development of the film heritage. 


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