About the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta


Lasting ties between German-speaking people and the Southeastern United States.


To foster cultural relationships between German-speaking people and American people in order to promote a better understanding of German culture, language and society within the larger context of European life.


Collaborative Partnering
Through close cooperation with partners in the southeastern region, the Goethe-Zentrum makes accessible to a wide audience the best of German-American art, social and popular issues, current events and German-American educational offerings.

Accessible Programs
The Goethe-Zentrum offers programs that are accessible to a wide range of participants; we offer affordable language programs and a variety of cultural and educational programs at no or low cost.

Supportive to the Community
We continuously work to enhance our community: our outreach builds ties to the community, especially educational partners, our language program supports teachers of German with materials, training and contacts to a peer network, our cultural program supports German-American and European programming in the community.

Trust and Respect
The Goethe-Zentrum strives to continuously earn the trust and respect of all customers and stakeholders, donors and supporters.

History of the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta

The Goethe first opened its doors in Atlanta in 1976, operating as the Goethe-Insitut, fully funded by the German government. When this funding was reduced in 1996, members of the local community came together to form Friends of Goethe, Inc. a nonprofit organization which supported the language and cultural programs. 

In 2007, when the German Government cut funding altogether, the Goethe faced the possibility of closure. To prevent this, the local community joined forces once again, combingin the Goethe-Insitut Atlanta and Friends of Goethe, Inc. into one entity: The Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta was born!

Now, donors, members, supporters and students all fund the Goethe through personal donations, sponsorships and specific grants. 

Thank you for keeping the Goethe at the heart of Atlanta's vibrant cultural community!