Night of Ideas


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Villa Albertine is a cultural institution that supports exchanges in arts and ideas between the United States, France, and beyond. With outposts in 10 US cities—Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Washington, DC—Villa Albertine presents innovative programming nationwide including 50+ customized residencies for international artists, thinkers, and cultural leaders across disciplines each year; a series of cross-cultural dialogues and events; a magazine and podcast; and grants, resources, and incubator programs for professionals in the cultural sphere. 

Villa Albertine is an institution of the Embassy of France in the United States. 

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Centre Pompidou will open a new satellite in Jersey City in 2027. This project builds on more than a decade of expertise opening new museums both in France and abroad. After the inauguration of a first branch in the French city of Metz in 2010, the institution has opened outposts in Málaga, Spain (2015), Brussels, Belgium (2018), and Shanghai, China (2019). The American partnership will be established in the Pathside building, a 58,000 square-feet industrial edifice inaugurated in 1912 and renovated by OMA/Jason Long. The future Centre Pompidou x New Jersey will be a world-class multidisciplinary institution, proudly anchored in the cultural fabric of Jersey City and New Jersey, with education as its backbone. Its building will offer exhibition galleries, a performance studio, workshop and seminar rooms, as well as a forum providing spaces to gather informally.

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) serves more than 20,000 credit and non-credit students annually. The College offers nearly 90 degree and certificate programs, including award-winning English as a Second Language; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management; Nursing and Health Professions; and Humanities and Social Sciences. The HCCC Culinary/Hospitality Management program was ranked number six in the U.S. by Best Choice Schools. The College’s School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development offers cutting-edge, industry recognized, stackable credentials in alignment with high-priority workforce needs.

HCCC has partnerships with major four-year colleges and universities in the greater New Jersey-New York area and beyond, accommodating seamless transfer of credits for further undergraduate and graduate education.

The College’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has been recognized with the 2021 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Northeast Region Equity Award; the “INSIGHT Into Diversity” 2021, 2022 and 2023 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, this year honoring HCCC as one of six community colleges nationally to be named “Top Colleges for Diversity;” and the “INSIGHT Into Diversity” 2022 and 2023 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award. HCCC was a finalist for the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) “Advancing Diversity Award of Excellence.”

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Albertine Foundation (formerly known as FACE Foundation) is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and under Villa Albertine, Albertine Foundation promotes artistic, literary and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries.


Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has been a staunch advocate for promoting arts and education.  Recent milestones solidifying Jersey City as a sought-after destination for arts and culture include major projects in the pipeline, such as Centre Pompidou x Jersey City and the Loew’s Theatre restoration.  Additionally, since the Fulop Administration’s implementation of the first-ever Arts and Culture Trust Fund in 2021, $3 million has been allocated in less than two years to support local artists and arts organizations.  Applications for the third round of Jersey City’s Arts and Culture Trust Fund grants open this week.

The Institut français is responsible for France’s international cultural program. Supervised by both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Culture, it promotes French culture abroad through cultural exchange initiatives. Operating in a space where the arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships interact and intersect, it is also responsible for promoting the French language and the sharing of works, artists, and ideas all over the world. The Institut français is one of Villa Albertine’s main French partners.

Local Partners

The Jersey City Free Public Library has served as a cornerstone of the community since its founding in 1889. With over 130 years of service excellence, the Library remains committed to meeting the needs of Jersey City’s growing and diverse population. Today, the Jersey City Free Public Library is the largest municipal library in New Jersey with 10 locations, a bookmobile, and over 130 experienced and dedicated staff members.

WFMU is the longest running and most renowned freeform radio station in the world. The station broadcasts on four FM frequencies in the New Jersey-New York region, and carries four simultaneous channels of programming in its online feed, as well as offering dozens of podcasts. Rolling Stone Magazine, The Village Voice, and CMJ have all at one time or another called WFMU “the best radio station in the country” and the station has also been the subject of feature stories in The New York Times and on the BBC. In recent years the station has gained a large international following due its online operations and counts Simpson’s creator Matt Groening, and film director Jim Jarmusch  among others, as devoted fans of the station.

Princeton University – Theater Workshop

National Support

The Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation

The Foundation’s work has included the underwriting of public spaces. This includes being the largest supporter of Washington’s Franklin  Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the principal donor for the Emmett Till Exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a major donor to New York’s Statue of Liberty Museum and to Washington’s  United States Holocaust Memorial  Museum and an early donor to Chicago’s Obama Presidential Center, its latest effort after decades of assistance on Chicago’s south side. 

In connection to French culture and history, it has long been helping Notre Dame restoration and has only accelerated this work since  the 2019 fire; the Louvre Endowment; and to education on Holocaust and Deportation scholarship including the 1988 Academy Award winning documentary., Hotel Terminus, the Life and Times of Klaus Barbie. 

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is the nation’s largest supporter of the arts and humanities. Since 1969, the Foundation has been guided by its core belief that the humanities and arts are essential to human understanding. The Foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom that can be found there. Through our grants, we seek to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive.  

Carnegie Corporation of New York 

Carnegie Corporation of New York is one of America’s oldest grantmaking foundations, established in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation’s work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy. 

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