Photo of lanterns â€“ front cover: Charlotte Cutter
Contents Introductory Message.................................................................2 2015 in Numbers.........................................................................3 70th Anniversary Celebration...................................................4 Learning French at the Center...................................................6 Community Outreach Programs............................................10 The Library.................................................................................12 Cultural Events..........................................................................14 2015 Cultural Events Calendar...............................................16 Bastille Day................................................................................18 Membership...............................................................................20 Gatherings and Fundraising Events.......................................22 Nous sommes Charlie, Nous sommes Paris.................................26 Merci! ..........................................................................................27 2015 Financial Information......................................................31 Trustees and Executive Management Team of the French Cultural Center......................................................32
A nnual R eport 2015
INTRODUCtory Message In 2015, the French Cultural Center celebrated a major milestone: reaching our 70th anniversary. Throughout the year, the staff and the board reflected on our beloved institution’s history, and we mapped promising new directions. This annual report to you — our members, donors and friends — highlights the Center’s activities during the past year. They ranged from the intimate, such as talks by authors Patrick Deville and Tatiana de Rosnay, to our annual Bastille Day street festival, and from in-house French language classes for all ages, to outreach programs in Boston-area schools. The facing page gives a glimpse of how busy we were. Our 70th year also marked the completion of a two-year review of the Center’s strategy and infrastructure, and the adoption of a roadmap for the future. As a result, you soon will see the Center organizing higher-profile events focusing on “la France contemporaine.” We decided to adjust the Center’s membership offerings to make it easier for students, families and others with limited means to join our community. And we committed to making needed investments in our historic Marlborough Street facilities. Already, we have upgraded the IT system, and we soon will begin building renovations (that will, of course, respect and preserve its much-admired French Revival architecture). Amid the celebrations and planning, however, occurred attacks in Paris that shocked the world. In the wake of each tragedy, the French Cultural Center organized events in Boston that drew together people of diverse nationalities, races and religions to express grief, mutual support and their rejection of hatred and barbarism. During those intensely difficult times, the Center’s staff itself was sustained by generous outpourings of support – by phone calls, e-mails and flowers delivered to our doorstep. Far from being discouraging, today’s turmoil only reinforces our commitment to fostering crosscultural understanding. As we pursue that mission, please keep in mind that the French Cultural Center is an independent, private, not-for-profit educational and cultural organization. Our funding comes from you, our members, donors, sponsors and friends. We thank you for your generosity during our 70th anniversary year, and we look forward to counting you as partners in our new endeavors.
Photo by Roger Farrington
Steven P. Galante
Catheline van den Branden
Chairman, Board of Trustees
President, Executive Director
French class registrations
different language courses
French books, documents,
CDs and DVDs in our library
67 cultural events 54 attendees
by our free French after-school program
kids and teens enrolled in Summer in French
2,509 hours of private French lessons
partners & sponsors
70th Anniversary Celebration Founded in 1945 by former members of the Boston chapter of France Forever, a group that supported the Allied liberation of France during WWII, the French Cultural Center brings the richness and diversity of France and the French-speaking world to New England residents through arts and education programming and its French library. Over the past 70 years, our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization has grown to become one of the leading institutions of French culture in the United States. We are home to the Alliance Française (Boston and Cambridge Chapter) and to the second largest French lending library in the United States, with nearly 1,000 active users. In 2015, more than 1,800 students registered for French classes and 2,609 visitors attended lectures, live performances, art exhibitions, film screenings, cooking workshops and family events at the Center. On May 7, we welcomed 103 guests to the Center, including Center trustees, donors, members and community partners, for a soirée in honor of the 70th anniversary of our institution’s founding. A celebration complete with champagne, French hors d’œuvres, desserts and live jazz, this soirée also featured a retrospective exhibition on the Center’s historical highlights and community impact, showcasing its evolution from a one-room library of 500 French books to the full-fledged cultural center that we are today. Attendees were also invited to our library to share and document their favorite Center memories.
MILESTONES An Overview of the Center’s
We move to our current home at 53 Marlborough St., donated by sculptor Katharine Lane Weems.
We outgrow our Newbury St. home and move to 10 Arlington St.
1949 Belle P. Rand and other Bostonarea Francophiles establish the French Library in Boston at 126 Newbury St.
1985 Under Georges Doriot’s leadership, we acquire the adjacent townhouse at 300 Berkeley St.
Photos of event by Herb Swanson
We celebrate 70 years of promoting Francophone cultures and French language in New England!
We unite with the Alliance Franรงaise of Boston and Cambridge.
1993 To better represent the scope of our programs, we rebrand as The French Library and Cultural Center, Inc.
We simplify our name and rebrand as the French Cultural Center.
Learning French at the Center The quality of our French language education program is unmatched in New England. Every one of our language instructors is a native French speaker. The world-renowned Alliance Française full-immersion method is the foundation of our classroom teaching. Our students have an unparalleled selection of classes from which to choose. In 2015, we offered 67 distinct group courses, and we provided 2,509 hours of private lessons.
Programs for Adults Our courses are designed for all levels of French and include grammar, conversation, intensive programs and thematic classes in literature and humanities. Small class sizes (maximum 10) create intimate settings where students receive personalized attention and timely feedback from their instructors. Group courses run in 10-week sessions and are offered on weekdays, in the evenings and on Saturdays to accommodate busy professionals’ schedules. In 2015, new thematic courses included Francophone African Literature, French Baroque Opera, and Philosophy of Modern Society.
Language Proficiency Exams The Center is one of only a few language schools in New England qualified to administer the internationally recognized French language proficiency exams, DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française) and TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Français). In 2015, we offered these exams in three locations (at the Center, Milton High School and the École Française du Maine) for 100 students. Successful candidates were awarded formal certificates by the French Ministry of Education, which are required by many Francophone countries for naturalization, job and university applications.
Teacher and Student Awards Each year, the Center awards a prize to an adult student to pursue further study in a Francophone country as well as a prize for outstanding teaching. The Rebecca and Jean-Paul Valette Alliance Française Prize is a $2,500 prize awarded to an adult student who completes two consecutive group classes at the beginner level and who writes an essay in French describing a compelling proposal for a travel-based research project. The 2015 prize winner, Rebekah Stout, traveled to various regions in France to complete a multidisciplinary project exploring figure painting and poetry. The de Bragança Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Andreia De Figueiredo and Nora Massoc, who each received $500 in recognition of their exemplary teaching at the Center. We are grateful to Rebecca and Jean-Paul Valette and Suki and Miguel de Bragança for their renewed support of these awards.
Education in 2015 Classes
Summer in French for kids and teens
Intensive programs and workshops
Total * Numbers do not reflect multiple sections of the same course
Education Committee Zeina Aoun, Chair Brian Thompson Jeffrey Plunkett
Programs for Children Children’s language courses are at the heart of the Center’s education programming, with a total of 816 registrations in 2015. We offer the Alliance Française “Smart Steps to French” curriculum, as well as learning-through-play courses: Les P’tits Chefs (cooking), Le P’tit Labo (science) and Les P’tits Artistes (arts & crafts).
Summer in French One of the most popular class sessions, the Summer in French language immersion program for children and teens, had 301 registrations. Through lively and age-appropriate activities tailored to their individual level of French, children aged 3-12 learned new vocabulary as well as conversation and writing skills. Each week centered on one theme and included special activities such as visits from exotic animals, puppet shows, cooking, theater and art. The Summer in French for Teens curriculum used a comprehensive approach to language acquisition based on vocabulary building, grammar, and reading and writing exercises. Expanding beyond the traditional classroom setting, the thematic language workshops, as well as field trips to museums and restaurants, allowed students to experience French culture through studio art, theater, fashion, gastronomy, architecture and science, creating unforgettable summer memories and lasting friendships.
We are not a French-speaking family, but we wanted to give our kids the gift of French language. We started [our son Marcel] when he was 1 year old. He’s 7 years old now. The results are almost scary. We have been asked why Marcel speaks French like a native French child so many times. How can this be when no one at home speaks French? Thank you French Cultural Center for giving us this gift! Marcel’s face lights up when he’s at the Center and he never says he does not want
Family events We welcomed more than 200 children and parents to the Center for fun-filled Saturday gatherings in French: Fête des Rois (January), workshops with author Véronique Massenot
to go to French class. For us, the Center is just part of our lives. If I had
(October) and the traditional
to do it again? I would not wait until he was 1 year old – I’d take him
Fête des Enfants (December).
straight from the hospital where he was born to the Center!
— Basil Sharpe Father of Marcel, 8, and Gracielle, 4
opportunities to bring whole families into the Center and to allow parents to experience the atmosphere and teaching methods used in their children’s classrooms.
Community Outreach Programs Accent on Success — 10 Year Anniversary! Since its inception in 2005, the French Cultural Center’s Accent on Success after-school program has provided French language instruction free of charge to over 1,300 children and teens in underserved Boston area schools. Our annual Tour de France Viticole wine dinner serves to raise the critical funds needed to sustain Accent on Success. In 2015, we were able to provide full scholarships for 13 Accent on Success students to participate in our Summer in French program. We also established the Gérard and Brigitte Moufflet Fund for Accent on Success to further support the program’s mission. The French Cultural Center is grateful to Gérard and Brigitte Moufflet for playing an essential role in launching Accent on Success and helping to ensure its annual operation for the past 10 years and beyond.
Institutional Memberships and School Visits The Center supports French language teaching in New England schools through its institutional membership program. A total of 47 schools and organizations joined our community as institutional members in 2015, including 24 Boston public schools on a complimentary basis. As institutional members, schools have access to our library’s books, films and music as well as articles from newspapers and magazines, multimedia eBooks, and language learning materials from our online library and newsstand, Culturethèque. Institutional members also enjoy complimentary field trips to the Center. More than 300 local school children visited the Center in 2015. Field trip activities included tours of the Center, scavenger hunts through the library, film screenings and workshops on conversation, music, art and cooking.
Middle School Teacher Awards The Alliance Française of Boston Award for Middle School Teachers of French is a new prize created to fund projects that help promote French language learning and strengthen middle school French programs. In 2015, Dominique Le Paul (of Melican Middle School, Northborough), Kathryne Presswood (of Kennedy Middle School, Natick), Wendy Perkins (of Worcester Academy) and Laura Sylvan (of Vassal Lane Upper School, Cambridge) each received this $400 award. Projects funded by this award included student subscriptions to interactive, full-immersion French language learning websites and live conversation sessions in French with middle school students from Québec through the use of iPads.
Accent on Success
Through its partnership with the Richard J. Murphy School, the
With three new schools joining in
barriers of communication and provided access to skills and insight
2015, the program operated in 11 urban schools: Josiah Quincy School, Chinatown Boston International High School, Dorchester Epiphany School, Dorchester Richard J. Murphy School, Dorchester Curley K-8 School, Jamaica Plain JP Manning School, Jamaica Plain Boston Latin Academy, Longwood Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, Mission Hill Excel High School, South Boston Ohrenberger School, West Roxbury Rindge Avenue Upper School, Cambridge
French Cultural Center has helped our students to break through into different cultures. For some of our students, their participation in the Accent on Success program is their first time experiencing a language other than English, and for others, the program allows them to strengthen a connection to a language and cultural heritage which has waned over distance and time. French Cultural Center teacher, Mademoiselle Marie, quickly formed a strong bond with our students and instilled in them a desire to learn. Her lessons and activities not only supported our students in learning the French language, but also helped them to work together on a common goal and better understand each other. â€” Harry Gilliam Assistant Principal Richard J. Murphy School, Dorchester
The Library When the French Cultural Center’s predecessor, the French Library in Boston, was founded in 1945, it consisted of a single room with 500 books. Today, our French library is the largest of its kind in New England. Our collections are comprised of more than 28,000 books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and electronic and educational materials. The library is open to the public, with borrowing privileges reserved for the Center’s members. Users can consult the electronic catalogue to search library collections, reserve and renew books, share bibliographies, use RSS feeds and even provide suggestions for new acquisitions.
Bouillon de Lectures
informal book club that meets monthly to discuss
different books within a selected literary theme.
Classiques du théâtre
Led by our head librarian, Bouillon de lectures is an
Members of the French Cultural Center have unlimited access to this online multimedia platform containing French eBooks, CDs, videos and the latest issues of French magazines. In 2015, over 113,000 resources were added to Culturethèque, including over 70,000 CDs. The library staff added new QR codes to signage featuring recommended resources, allowing members to have instant access to highlighted items.
Children’s Reading Room One of the Center’s treasures is our cozy and colorful children’s reading room, lined with over 4,400 books for our young readers. The library staff expanded the children’s collection, as well as added more board games and playing cards in French. A $5,000 anonymous gift enabled us to further develop our resources for children and young adults.
Library Committee Zeina Aoun, Chair Steven Galante Pierre Sorel Eric N. Ward
Library in 2015 28,905
Books, documents, CDs and DVDs
Resources in Culturethèque
Items checked out
Book club sessions
Book Sale In May and in November, the library opened its doors to the public for a beloved event – the book sale. More than 1,500 books for adults and children were sold, raising a total of $1,545 to help the library acquire new books.
Community Engagement With the head librarian at the International School of Boston (ISB), we established our Livr’aison book exchange program to further enrich the children’s collections at ISB and the Center. Every two months, a diverse, curated selection of 20 fiction and non-fiction books for children are exchanged between our institutions. We also maintained our book deposit program with the libraries of Belmont and Waltham, loaning each of them a unique rotating selection of 120+ books.
Cultural Events For 70 years now, the French Cultural Center has been an integral part of Boston’s cultural and intellectual scene. It is a place to experience French literature, current events, cinema, design, music and gastronomy. In addition, our art gallery features monthly exhibitions linked to French and/or Francophone cultures. Nearly 2,600 visitors attended the 54 cultural events that we presented in 2015.
SAÏQUE Cultural Fund
The Mosaïque Cultural Fund supports expanded and exceptional cultural programming at the Center, including events featuring high-profile Francophone artists, writers, chefs and performing artists. In 2015, Mosaïque sponsored several cultural programs, notably a lecture by French author Tatiana de Rosnay. Thanks to individual gifts, fundraising events and Mosaïque memberships, $53,000 was raised for Mosaïque in 2015. Since the inception of the fund in 2011, $472,809 has been raised for Mosaïque.
Gastronomy Workshops We further developed our gastronomy programming in 2015 by offering nine pastry workshops for over 100 students. Students had the opportunity to learn
Pâte à Choux and Éclairs
M’hancha aux Amandes and Tarte au Sirop d’Érable
Tarte au Citron Méringuée
First Steps in the World of Pastry
how to bake traditional French desserts such as tarte tatin as well as treats from other Francophone countries including m’hancha aux amandes from Morocco. As a special series, we welcomed Chef Franck Geuffroy, Pastry Director of the acclaimed École de Cuisine Alain Ducasse, for three pastry workshops in October. The Center looks forward to hosting Chef Geuffroy once again for pastry workshops in October 2016.
All about La Pâte à Choux Pie! Pie! Pie!
Suki de Bragança, Chair Gail Banks Alexandra Chabrerie Susan Clancy Tracy Curley Elaine Hepworth Francis J. Hughes Ute Prévost Karen Rotenberg Isabelle Roy Pierre Sorel Nathalie Tabor Martha Volpe
Lucy Sprayregen, Chair Regis A. de Silva Aurélie Galois James Paradis
2015 Cultural Events Calendar JANUARY
Exhibition. Members Art Show Family. Fête des Rois Food & Wine. Pâte à Choux and Éclairs pastry workshop Ciné-Club de l’Alliance. Screening and discussion: L’Autre Dumas, 2010 Concert. Impressions Intimes starring pianist Tania Stavreva
Exhibition. À Table. Paintings by Pascale Lord Food & Wine. M’hancha aux Amandes and Tarte au Sirop d’Érable pastry workshop Ciné-Club de l’Alliance. Screening and discussion: Un rêve américain, 2013 Lecture. Jeanne et Osithée, Parallèles Croisées. Play by Jean-Claude Redonnet and Grégoire Chabot Lecture. Designing the Future of Food. Panel discussion with French designers François Azambourg and Marc Bretillot and American Scientist David Edwards co-presented with Le Laboratoire Cambridge
Food & Wine. Tarte au Citron Méringuée pastry workshop Exhibition. Louis Pasteur and the Evolution of the Vaccine. Photographs from Le Musée Pasteur, made possible with generous support from Sanofi Ciné-Club de l’Alliance. Screening and discussion: Entre ses mains, 2005 Lecture. Talk and book signing by Patrick Deville, author of Peste & Choléra, made possible with generous support from Sanofi
FEBRUARY Exhibition. Paris et Provence. Photographs by Béla Kalman Social. Fête de la Chandeleur, crêpe day Food & Wine. Confiseries pastry workshop Social. Speed Dating in French Food & Wine. French Wine Scholar Program Ciné-Club de l’Alliance. Screening and discussion: Dans la maison, 2012
Pianist Tania Stavreva demonstrated how French music has influenced composers around the world in her concert titled Impressions Intimes. This program featured riveting pieces composed by Federico Mompou of Spain, Houston Dunleavy of Australia and Pancho Vladigerov of Bulgaria.
In honor of Francophonie month, we co-presented a screening of Un rêve américain with the Québec Government Office in Boston. In this documentary, Franco-Ontarian musician Damien Robitaille embarks on a crosscountry road trip exploring the extraordinary history of the 11,000,000+ people of French Canadian heritage living in the United States. Following the screening, the audience enjoyed an open discussion and reception with Damien Robitaille and producer Claude Godbout.
MAY Food & Wine. Kouign-Amann pastry workshop Exhibition. Dans le Jardin. Photographs by Dag Scheer Lecture. Talk by Junie Terrier, author of Derrière le papier à fleurs Ciné-Club de l’Alliance. Screening and discussion: 99 francs, 2007 Lecture. Talk by Rex Passion, author of The Lost Sketchbooks: A Young Artist in the Great War
Author Patrick Deville spoke about his adventurous, fictional biography on Franco-Swiss microbiologist Alexandre Yersin titled Peste & Choléra. Winner of the Prix Femina in 2012, Peste & Choléra explores epidemics, colonialism, world wars and Yersin’s fascinating discovery of the bubonic plague. This event was made possible thanks to generous support from Sanofi.
Food & Wine. Tarte Tatin pastry workshop Exhibition. Dans le Jardin. Photographs by Dag Scheer Lecture. La Romance de Paris: A Musical Promenade by Desmond Colborne Family. Screening: Minuscule, la vallée des fourmis perdues, 2013 Ciné-Club de l’Alliance. Screening and discussion: La Tête en friche, 2010 Theatre. LAFAYETTE, a one act play by Ian Curteis
Exhibition. The Sojourn. Paintings by Regina Berkeley Family. Mail art workshop with author Véronique Massenot Family. Travel diary workshop with author Véronique Massenot Food & Wine. Pastry workshops with Chef Franck Geuffroy Food & Wine. Le Café Gourmand with Chef Franck Geuffroy Lecture. Talk and book signing by Tatiana de Rosnay, author of Manderley for ever Boston Book Festival. Talks by three authors: François Furstenberg on When the United States Spoke French; Antonio Casilli on online trolling; Elaine Sciolino, contributor for The New York Times, on The Only Street in Paris co-presented with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States Ciné-Club de l’Alliance. Screening and discussion: Après mai, 2012
Exhibition. L’Iconographie Française. Drawings and paintings by Lully Schwartz Ciné-Club de l’Alliance. Screening and discussion: Tu veux…ou tu veux pas, 2014 Concert. From Chopin to Ravel by pianist Hélène Tysman co-presented with the Consulate General of France in Boston
New York Times bestselling author Tatiana de Rosnay spoke about her remarkable career as well as her 2015 biography on Daphné du Maurier titled Manderley for ever. Ms. de Rosnay also spoke about her 2007 novel Sarah’s Key: an international sensation that has sold more than 10 million copies all over the world and was adapted for film.
With over 750 visitors, our 14th annual Marché de Noël was a tremendous success. Visitors enjoyed complimentary warm cider and mulled wine and discovered culinary treats, clothing, linens, soaps and crafts from merchants bringing the essence of France to Boston.
SEPTEMBER Exhibition. Les Mystères de Paris. Photographs by Ellen Feldman Ciné-Club de l’Alliance. Screening and discussion: La Vénus à la fourrure, 2013 Food & Wine. Wine & Chocolate tasting workshop
Following his pastry workshop series, Chef Franck Geuffroy presented an authentic Parisian Café Gourmand in our ballroom, which we transformed into a cozy salon de thé for the occasion. Attendees sampled and learned about classic French miniature desserts including financiers, macarons à l’ancienne, chouquettes and mousse au chocolat.
DECEMBER Exhibition. L’Iconographie Française. Drawings and paintings by Lully Schwartz Festival. Le Marché de Noël Ciné-Club de l’Alliance. Screening and discussion: La Belle et la Bête, 2014 Family. Fête des Enfants
Bastille Day Our 40th annual Bastille Day celebration took place on July 10, 2015. 2,000 New Englanders gathered on
Bastille Day 2015 in numbers
Franco-American friendship, cultural diversity in New England and the cherished pillars of the French republic:
throughout Boston, on the MBTA and in local news outlets, this event sold out for the second year in a row and at a record 24 hours in advance.
One of the largest Bastille Day events in the United States, this was a party in true French style, complete with music, dancing, children’s activities, drinks and food from some of New England’s best French restaurants. Two phenomenal Francophone bands rocked the concert stage: The Hot Sardines, a Franco-
American sensation whose “hot jazz” got the party
started, followed by the world-renowned Paris
through media partners
Combo, who electrified the crowd with its brilliant mix of French pop, jazz and cabaret with gypsy, Latino and Middle Eastern rhythms. The VIP Reception welcomed members of our sponsor and donor community, including many of Boston’s arts
philanthropic leaders. Un grand merci to our gold sponsors, Natixis Global Asset Management and Air France, for their indispensable support.
What New Englanders love about Bastille Day The entire experience was just wonderful. The music was outstanding. The food and drinks were delicious and perfectly appropriate for Bastille Day. The crowd was lively and at ease. Everyone was enjoying themselves and having a fun time. This is always a beautiful evening in Boston, offering great opportunities to connect with others while celebrating the Francophone World! I love the French street party atmosphere and the live music was fantastic! 18
Photos on page 19: Girl with waffle; friends with masks; man, child with hat, and woman; and top left man and woman by Roger Farrington. All other photos on page 19 by Russ Mezikofsky Photography.
Membership The 1,393 members of the French Cultural Center enjoy borrowing privileges from our library, discounts on our French language courses and cultural events, unlimited complimentary access to Culturethèque and invitations to members-only social evenings. Members also enjoy discounts at local French restaurants and retailers through our Club Avantage program as well as reduced admission to select cultural events hosted by partner organizations including ArtsEmerson, Harvard Film Archive and Celebrity Series of Boston.
Members Art Show During the month of January, twelve members exhibited their works of art in the Center’s gallery for the annual Members Art Show. All of the pieces contained a Francophone cultural link, yet ranged in style, medium and dimension.
Social Events On May 27 and October 14, we welcomed a total of 149 new members for guided tours and a social reception at the Center, which provided opportunities for our members to learn about our institution’s building, history and programs as well as meet and mingle with the staff and fellow new members over French wine and hors d’œuvres. On December 1, we welcomed a sold-out crowd of 136 members for our beloved members holiday party, complete with live French jazz music, dancing, wine, hors d’œuvres and sweets.
Volunteers The many lectures, concerts, exhibitions and special events organized this year would not have been possible without a community of dedicated volunteers. We are immensely grateful to our 1,125 volunteers for their outstanding service and commitment to the Center. In 2014, we instituted a loyalty point system to reward volunteers who earn points towards complimentary memberships and language classes. Nine volunteers received complimentary memberships in 2015.
Top photo on page 20 by Roger Farrington
Gatherings and Fundraising Events The French Cultural Center’s special events
elegance, ambiance and charm, and generated indispensable funding for the daily operations of our programs.
Le Bal du Labyrinthe March 28, 2015 For the first time in the history of the French Cultural Center, we opened up three floors of our double brownstone mansion for our signature spring black-tie cocktail dînatoire for 200 guests. Our staff, with tremendous support from our Honorary Hosts and Bal
transformed the Center to create a Frenchinspired
every turn including two dance floors, a photobooth and even a cinema! Proceeds supported the Mosaïque Cultural Fund and our Accent on Success French language instruction after-school program.
Le Bal Committee Miguel de Bragança Olivia Dufour Nina Eastman Olivia Ives-Flores Serge Roux Stéphanie Roux Trevor Stricker 22
All photos on page 22-23 by Russ Mezikofsky Photography
Themes of Le Bal 2012 – Le Bal de l’Absinthe 2013 – Le Bal de Saint Germain-des-Prés 2014 – Le Bal Électro 2015 – Le Bal du Labyrinthe
A Parisian Soirée with the Legends of Chansons Françaises June 13, 2015 Our Chansons Françaises Soirée was our most successful Mosaïque fundraiser of the year with 89 guests in attendance. At this cocktail dînatoire taking place on the first floor of the Center, guests danced the night away to top 1920s-1970s hits from the chanson française genre performed by New York’s sensational Oh Là Là jazz band, led by native Parisian singer Marie Michèle.
Extraordinary Wine Dinner September 8, 2015 During this private evening at L’Espalier restaurant, wine importer and connoisseur Frederick Ek presented a remarkable selection of France’s finest wines from his own personal cellar — all mature and rare vintages from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne as well as the Loire and Rhone Valleys. Nine guests enjoyed this event consisting of a champagne reception and six-course dinner featuring expert wine pairings. Proceeds supported the Mosaïque Cultural Fund. The Center is deeply grateful to Mr. Ek for generously sharing his expertise and donating the extraordinary wines for this event.
Le Tour de France Viticole Wine Dinner October 26, 2015 Le Tour de France Viticole wine dinner is the principal fundraiser for the Center and our Accent on Success French language instruction after-school program offered free of charge to students in Boston area schools. In its ninth year now, our wine dinner has become Boston’s finest wine event, featuring stellar wines, exceptional vintages and world-renowned vintners. What makes this black-tie affair unique is also the sense of community among the guests who share a dedication to the mission of the French Cultural Center and a profound appreciation for the fine wines of France. The 2015 wine dinner featured exquisite wines from Château Cheval Blanc and Château d’Yquem, presented by guest of honor Pierre Lurton, Managing Director of Château Cheval Blanc and President of Château d’Yquem. Held at the Chilton Club in Boston, the event raised $255,000. Wines served Champagne Bollinger La Grande Année Brut 2004 Y 2012 Château Quinault L’Enclos 2011 Château Cheval Blanc 2006 Château Cheval Blanc 2001 Château d’Yquem 1989
All photos on page 24-25 by Roger Farrington
History of Le Tour de France Viticole 2004 – Taste of Provence Château St. Julien d’Aille Domaine de Trians Château La Calisse Les Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu’île de Saint-Tropez 2007 – Château Lynch-Bages 2009 – Maison Joseph Drouhin 2010 – Château Palmer 2011 – Château Margaux 2012 – Château Angélus 2013 – M. Chapoutier 2014 – Château Mouton Rothschild 2015 – Château Cheval Blanc and Château d’Yquem
Year after year, the French Cultural Center hosts a wine dinner gala in the fall with both the wines and the winemakers directly from legendary châteaux. How do we do this year after year and raise more than $200,000 for the Center and its Accent on Success program at the same time? Our secret is the Wine Committee and our impeccably organized staff. Imagine for a moment if you had to put on a black-tie dinner for 100+ [guests], with the finest French wines, and design a paired set of courses! Our Wine Committee team pulls this off flawlessly. — Eric Vogt Trustee and Wine Committee Chair
Wine Committee Eric Vogt, Chair Jean-François Ducrest Frederick Ek Steven Galante Brigitte Moufflet Patrick Prévost
Nous sommes Charlie, Nous sommes Paris Following the terrorist attacks in Paris and its suburbs on January 7 and November 13, the French Cultural Center received a remarkable outpouring of support from people from all over New England, ranging from flowers to messages of sympathy written in our condolences book to offers to provide free counseling services and host European families stranded in Boston. In response to the attacks on January 7, we organized a gathering to honor the victims during which we showed cartoons from Charlie Hebdo. We
also welcomed a diverse panel of scholars for a discussion on tolerance in regard to satire and religion. In the wake of the attacks in November, we continued to encourage people to visit the Center to seek support and friendship. We stand together with the victims of terrorism and feel more strongly than ever that we must continue our work of building bonds between people who come from different backgrounds and cultures in order to help yield a more peaceful future.
Merci! The French Cultural Center maintains its high standard of education and cultural programming thanks to the generosity of many individuals, corporations and organizations. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which operates from private funds. The Center gratefully acknowledges the following donors and sponsors who contributed $500 or more in 2015.
Donors $100,000 and above
$5,000 - $9,999
$1,000 - $2,499
Beaucourt Foundation; Rowe Foundation
Tom and Lisa Blumenthal
Vernon R. Alden
Brian and Karen Conway
Karl and Constance Brommer
Anna Laure Bursaux
John and Pamela Humphrey
Alexandra Chabrerie and Ian Watson
Jack and Elizabeth Meyer
$50,000 - $99,999 Jean-François and Nathalie Ducrest Steven Galante and Leanne Cowley Cynthia and John S. Reed Jean-Paul and Rebecca Valette
$25,000 - $49,999 William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation Jérôme and Bénédicte Malavoy Pierre and Mary Ann Sorel
$10,000 - $24,999 Zeina and Joseph E. Aoun Cabot Corporation Charles and Julie Davidson Suki and Miguel de Bragança Michael Kendall and Alexandra Haagensen Alyssa LeBel and Edward Kaye Natixis Global Asset Management Plimpton - Shattuck Fund Patrick and Ute Prévost Hervé Sedky Eric and Sarah Ward Anonymous (1)
Brigitte and Gérard Moufflet
and Johanna Schick-Couturier
Ryan and Erin Nagle
First Republic Bank
and Catheline van den Branden Lia and William Poorvu Ropes & Gray LLP
Sibila Glöggler Korb Député Frédéric Lefebvre - Réserve Parlementaire
Bud and Michelle Stacy
Elaine M. Hepworth
Jim and Cathy Stone
Herbert and Leila Hooper
Henri and Belinda Termeer
Francis J. Hughes
Christopher and Alison Viehbacher
Sidney and Lynne Levitsky
$2,500 - $4,999 François Bardonnet Jean-Luc Boulnois CBRE/New England Susan and Brian Clancy Michael F. and Marian Cronin Brad and Tracy Curley Frederick Ek David and Stephanie Javaheri Peter S. Lynch PwC Stephen and Isabelle Roy
Anne Lovett and Steve Woodsum Christopher and Sally Lutz Rania Matar and Jean Abouhamad Eleanor and Frank Pao William and Leslie Patton Donald Rosenfeld Michael and Karen Rotenberg Serge and Stéphanie Roux The Shane Foundation Janet L. Testa Eric Vogt and Robin Grumman-Vogt Alvin and Judy Warren Anonymous (12)
Peter and Lucy Sprayregen Stan and Nathalie Tabor Anonymous (2)
$500 - $999
Gail Banks and Edward Pinkus
Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc
Art New England
Bar Boulud Boston
The Lenox Hotel
Liquid Art House
Boston Cheese Cellar
Maison de Mer
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Jérôme and Bénédicte Malavoy
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Camille Albane Paris
Neatly Nested Design & Décor
Central Bistro Boston
Olive and Branch for the home
Château Cheval Blanc
Patisserie on Newbury
PAUL USA Inc.
Clear Flour Bread
Petit Robert Bistro – South End
Consulate General of France in Boston
Elizabeth Blake Marilyn Capek Ceci and Eduardo Cordeiro Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States Francis and Barbara de Marneffe Regis A. de Silva François Ducroux and Katherine McCubrey Robert and Katherine Fichter Natalie Gardiner and John Hambright Camilo E. Gutierrez Todd Hultman Elysabeth and Michael Logan Stephen and Ingrid Miles Françoise Oldcorn Lorna E. Oleck Reserve Suzanne and Jeffrey Stamen Vincent and Susan Zelenko Anonymous (11)
Lauren Daddona Pat Dagle/Blanc
Cynthia and John S. Reed
Suki and Miguel de Bragança
Salt & Olive
Salt and Peppered
Schoenhof’s Foreign Books
Jean-François and Nathalie Ducrest
Sisley-Paris at Saks Fifth Avenue
SnapBooth Photobooth Rentals
The Elephant Walk
Pierre and Mary Ann Sorel
Follow the Honey
St. Killian Importing
Formaggio Kitchen South End
Bud and Michelle Stacy
Four Seasons Hotel Boston
Veolia North America
French Press Bakery & Cafe
Eric Vogt and Robin Grumman-Vogt
Gérard Bertrand Wines
International Poster Gallery
Whole Foods Market
Charles River Plaza
Your French Gift by Isabelle B.
Joséphine, Restaurant Parisien
KitchenWares by Blackstones 28
and Catheline van den Branden
American Society of
Bistro du Midi
The Boston Camerata
Central Bistro Boston
Back Bay Association
Craigie on Main
Regis A. de Silva
Beacon Hill Civic Association
Jim and Lisa Micali
Jean Appolon Expressions
Boston Lyric Opera
Boston Opera Collaborative
Boston Public Schools
Olive and Branch for the home
Interior Designers NE
Sister City Association
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Petit Robert Bistro - South End
Celebrity Series of Boston
Petit Robert Bistro Needham
Consulate General of Canada
Pour le Corps
Consulate General of France in Boston
Schoenhof’s Foreign Books
Coolidge Corner Theatre
Your French Gift by Isabelle B.
Dedham Choral Society Dîner en Blanc - Boston French-American Chamber of Commerce NE French Heritage Society Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. Goethe-Institut Boston Harvard Film Archive International School of Boston Le Laboratoire Cambridge Massachusetts Lafayette Society MISTI MIT France Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Odyssey Opera Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston Québec Government Office in Boston Skylark Vocal Ensemble TransCultural Exchange Uber Boston swissnex Boston World Music/CRASHarts
Bastille Day 2015 Gold Sponsors
Community & Small Business Supporters
Air France Natixis Global Asset Management
Silver Sponsors Ropes & Gray LLP
Bronze Sponsors CBRE/New England PwC
Beverage Sponsors Gérard Bertrand Wines Kronenbourg 1664 Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc Lillet Lorina St. Killian Importing
Media Sponsors Art New England DigBoston
Individual Sponsors Michael F. and Marian Cronin Brigitte and Gérard Moufflet Pierre and Mary Ann Sorel Jean-Paul and Rebecca Valette
Bar Boulud Boston Boston Cheese Cellar Central Bistro Boston Consulate General of France in Boston Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States The Elephant Walk First Republic Bank France 24 French Press Bakery & Cafe La Voile The Lenox Hotel Ma Maison PAUL USA Inc. Reserve Sisley-Paris at Saks Fifth Avenue SnapBooth Photobooth Rentals
Promotional Partners American Society of Interior Designers NE Back Bay Association Beacon Hill Civic Association Boston Accueil Boston-Strasbourg Sister City Association Consulate General of Canada in Boston French-American Chamber of Commerce NE Goethe-Institut Boston International School of Boston MISTI MIT France Québec Government Office in Boston Schoenhof’s Foreign Books TransCultural Exchange Uber Boston World Music/CRASHarts
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All photos on page 30 by Russ Mezikofsky Photography
2015 Financial Information The French Cultural Center ended 2015 with an operating deficit of $156,000 despite an otherwise strong year. There were several contributing factors. First among these was the record-breaking inclement weather experienced during the first quarter of 2015, which led to lost revenue because of the cancellation of several events and lower participation rates. Additionally, the Board of Trustees voted in 2015 to reduce the allocation of endowment funds to operations from 5.25% to 4% (calculated using a trailing three-year average), in anticipation of a sustained, low-return investment environment. The Centerâ€™s endowment was valued at $12,637,600 as of December 31, 2015, a decrease of 4% from 2014. Finally, staff costs increased slightly in 2015. We thank the French Cultural Centerâ€™s members and donors for their continued support of our mission, and we reaffirm our optimism for the future.
FY 2015 Revenue Income from operations *
Endowment allocation **
Income from operations
* I ncludes tuition, book sales, translation services, cultural event tickets, facility rentals and proficiency exam fees
** R epresents the endowment funds approved by the Board of Trustees to support annual operations
FY 2015 Expenses Educational programs
General and administration
Facilities and technology
Net income (deficit)
Facilities and technology
General & admin
Trustees and EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM of the French Cultural Center Board of Trustees Steven Galante, Chair Zeina Aoun
Executive Management Team President, Executive Director Catheline van den Branden
Jean-Luc Boulnois Barbara (Suki) de Bragança Catharine-Mary Donovan Jean-François Ducrest Alyssa LeBel Stephen Mormoris Patrick Prévost
Chief Operating Officer Barbara Bouquegneau Chief Financial Officer Michael Richard
Hervé Sedky Pierre Sorel Lucy Sprayregen Michelle Stacy Eric Vogt Eric N. Ward Honorary Trustees Vernon R. Alden Alain Briottet Jordan Golding Gérard Moufflet
This 2015 Annual Report was published in August 2016. Development Committee Eric N. Ward, Chair Steven Galante Stephen Mormoris Hervé Sedky Michelle Stacy
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By supporting the French Cultural Center, you help sponsor our rich and diverse cultural and literary programming and maintain the quality of our French library and educational offerings. A variety of giving options are available: •
Leadership Giving Circles
Mosaïque Cultural Fund
Sponsorship of Bastille Day
Planned Giving: The Katharine Lane Weems Society
For more information, please contact: Development Office French Cultural Center 53 Marlborough Street Boston, MA 02116 Tel. 617.912.0428 Email. email@example.com
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