Just north of Washington Square, at the entrance to the historic, cobblestoned Washington Mews, stands a New York University landmark: La Maison Française. Founded in 1957, it is one of the most active centers of French-American cultural and intellectual exchange, and has welcomed thousands of writers, scholars, artists, and public figures.
As the public face of the university’s Center for French Language and Cultures, La Maison Française complements and enriches the academic degree programs offered by the Department of French Literature, Thought, and Culture and those of the Institute of French Studies.
Through its wide range of free public activities—lectures, symposia, art exhibits, films, concerts, theatre, and special events— La Maison Française serves the university, business, artistic, and professional communities, as well as the general public, in the New York metropolitan area.
For support of its activities, La Maison Française of New York University seeks gifts and grants from individuals, foundations, and corporations which value its leadership contributions to French-American relations. New York University is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.