AFB Educational Programs
We believe it is AFB’s responsibility to bring in a new, younger generation to appreciate our historically-based museum in France.
That is why we have set up an exchange program between from a trilingual international school in California and the town of Blérancourt itself.
In addition, a partnership and research network have recently been established with an English university to explore the appeal Paris has always had in many spheres. This collaboration will produce events, lectures and contributions to future exhibitions at the Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt.
American and French elementary schoolkids in exchange program
Fifth graders from the International School of the Peninsula (ISTP) in Palo Alto, California get to experience Picardy and see the Franco-American Museum. Those from the local public school of Blérancourt visit Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley and San Francisco.
They live very different lives, but during the annual exchange program organized by AFB since 2008 they learn life-changing lessons out of the classroom. The ISTP students have the rare chance to visit an historical region outside of Paris, and by experiencing home life in a French family, they get a taste of French culture “from the inside”. For the Blérancourt students, a view of life outside their village in one of the most technologically advanced places in the world resonates in a deeply impactful way, providing an introduction to the American way of life.
Franco-English Partnership with the University of Sussex
This new collaboration was set up in 2015 between the museum of Blérancourt and the University of Sussex, England around the theme “Paris As An American City”. A group of researchers composed of American, French and UK collaborators will form a research network to explore why Paris drew Americans across the literary, arts, business and political spheres in the 20th century.
Outputs will include poetry readings, seminars, lectures and contributions to further exhibitions at Blérancourt. They plan to attract students, who will be able to study the museum’s collections and archives, as well as the life of various Franco-Americans in Paris during the 20th century: Gertrude Stein, Josephine Baker, etc. not to mention Anne Morgan, Edith Wharton, Elsie de Wolfe and others.