WHO WE ARE
FRENCH AMERICAN CREATIVE EXCHANGE
F.A.C.E. U.S.A. (French-American Creative Exchange) USA is a non-profit association founded in 2015 by American artist Monte Laster and local inhabitants. It is based at CASTLE ROCK MOUNTAIN, a historical location in Santo, Texas.
F.A.C.E. was also created in the France in 2001 at the historical site known as Moulin Fayvon in La Courneuve in the northern suburbs of Paris.
Through collaboration with artists representing a variety of disciplines, F.A.C.E. endeavours to inspire and empower local communities by way of a creative, micro-political exchange. Interactive art projects draw from the imagination and input of the communities in order to highlight social issues such as civic preservation and revitalization, education and progressive urban planning, all of which have a daily impact on local citizens.
From local residents to highly respected professionals in contemporary art, urban planning, and architecture, F.A.C.E. has the rare ability to bring together diverse groups of people from a wide range of backgrounds. F.A.C.E. also works on an international level, forging ties with cities that share similar urban complexities, such as La Courneuve, local prisons and in Paris.
WHAT WE DO
ART, IDENTITY AND URBAN RENOVATION
Ateliers International du Grand Paris was a workshop with urban planners Paola Vigano and Bernardo Secchi, architecture students from Lille, Venice and Paris, and members of FACE at Moulin Fayvon (June 2013). This project is an example of how FACE questions art, identity, and urban renovation.