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Educational and Cultural Asset Renewal Plan

A History to be proud of

AF has a long history of serving a well-articulated cultural and educational mission. Alliance Française is one of Vancouver’s oldest nonprofit organizations, founded in 1904, and it has been operating at its Cambie location since the 1960s.  The City of Vancouver twice formally acknowledged Alliance Française’ s historical role in enriching the cultural fabric of Vancouver over more than a century and we hope that all level of governments will continue to support the services we are providing to the Citizens of Metro Vancouver.

A success story

Alliance Française Vancouver has been growing steadily over the last 15 years. Both the number of certification delivered and our membership have increased by over 40%, and in 2017 we had more than 4,500 registrations in French classes. Our cultural activities welcome a large audience of French speakers and Francophiles all year long. More than 2,000 visitors enjoy 50 to 60 events every year. We also house the largest French library in British Columbia with 11,000 items as well as a digital library accessible on-line with thousands of new selections.

Great success comes with great challenges

Alliance Française is now operating at full capacity and we are working hard to maintain the quality of teaching environment that our clients have come to expect. We need a larger facility to meet both our current needs and our anticipated future demand.  We also need to bring our building to code for the safety of our staff and clients with proper seismic construction, sprinklers and full universal access to all facilities.

An exciting new chapter in our history

Alliance Française Vancouver is seeking to build a modern French Cultural Centre, with more classrooms, a bigger resources center for our students and members, a real performance space, gallery space, and leased commercial space at street level. AF plans to replace the current 8,500 sf facility at 6161 Cambie with a larger, purpose-built educational and cultural facility of about 30,000 sf to accommodate growing community demand for its education and cultural programming activities.

The Society owns its own site and this location serves the immediate neighbourhood and broader City. Transit investment in the Cambie Corridor has improved transit access and reinforced the suitability of the location for the ongoing growth and success of our mission.

Renewal Project Criteria:

AF has the following assessment criteria for this project:

Renewal Objective

  • Increase the size and quality of the educational spaces within the new building,
  • Increase the size and functionality of the performance and cultural gathering spaces at grade level. This will have a functional use and through urban design, signal a distinctive space for gathering and cultural celebration. The planned expansion of the performance space will enhance the neighbourhood’s cultural assets & make this space available to other arts & culture activities on a short-term rental basis.

Cultural offer

  • AF wants to provide a yearlong cultural program available to all, and especially the new residents of the growing Cambie corridor and Oakridge area.

Open to ALL

  • The need of professional cultural space is vital for all arts group working in the city. AF wants to be a cultural hub, open to all, with a professional theatre, art gallery, demonstration kitchen, café… that will create a vibrant cultural life!

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