Placed in every country under the authority of the Embassy of France, the Services of Cooperation and Cultural Action (SCAC) set out to promote the French language and the French culture in association with local institutions.
The SCAC of Boston develops initiatives in the educational, academic and artistic fields throughout New England. The goal is to help the American public discover the rich world of French language and culture.
The foundation of this cooperation rests on close relations with schools proposing a French school program, immersion programs, or courses of French as a Foreign Language.
We support professors’ local associations, the French Alliances of the region, and we offer grants for summer pedagogical internships to French language teachers.
We work in association with the universities of the region, which attract students and researchers from all over the world. Every year, our Lecturers Program gives us the possibility to bring the best French academics, writers and artists to the United States.
Through discussion, debates and symposiums with these French guest lecturers, our objective is to enrich contemporary debates and facilitate an engaging dialogue between our two countries.
We also hope to help French departments at universities in the region as well as to facilitate the exchange of students. We offer scholarships to American students who wish to study in France. We work in close collaboration with the Education Office of the Embassy of France.
The Cultural Services supports cultural events in the area in order to further promote French films, the work of French artists and the French language.
The screenings of French films have provided a perfect median for cultural exchange. One of the highlight’s of our cultural program is the Boston French Film Festival which happens in July.
We work together with many wonderful museums and artistic institutions in the region including: the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Jacob Pillow Dance Festival and the Boston Early Music Festival.
We are also very involved in artistic and film programs within the universities. At Harvard especially, we support the projects of the American Repertory Theatre and the Harvard Film Archive. At Brandeis, we support the Rose Art Museum, and at Dartmouth, the Hopkins Center.
The Cultural Services also promotes TV5, which is the first world French language channel and the third worldwide broadcasting network after MTV and CNN.
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