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Forney has long been involved in nurturing the French community in Southern California. As a board member for the Alliance Française of Los Angeles, she played a pivotal role in negotiating the school’s new headquarters. From 2000–2007, Forney owned and operated Duodeco, a successful import company specializing in French Art Deco furnishings and design. Prior to founding her own company, she was the director of programming and subtitling at KSCI’s French television division.
Forney was recently awarded a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres.
In 2015, working as an independent curator, Milone created "recto/verso," a unique partnership between the charity organization Secours populaire français and Fondation Louis Vuitton. The exhibition was followed by the first "blind" auction in France, featuring 224 well-known artists, including Jeff Koons, Frank Gehry, Mohamed Bourouissa, François Morellet, and Sheila Hicks.
As FLAX Curator, Milone, who is based in Paris, will direct her attention toward creating compelling collaborations with Southern California- and French-based artists, curators, and cultural institutions designed to bolster Los Angeles’s contemporary art scene and create a unique interactive experience for a wide and diverse audience. Increasing the reciprocity of the projects, Milone will develop opportunities for SoCal-based artists to collaborate with their counterparts and partner institutions in France.
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Since then, Garay-English has been an independent arts consultant, undertaking senior advisory roles on a variety of prestigious cultural projects both here and abroad. Most recently, she was named Interim Executive Director of the Ford Theatres, a 1,200-seat amphitheater in the Hollywood Hills.
A true friend of France, Garay-English was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 2012 in recognition of her significant contributions to the arts. Working with the FLAX board and staff, she can continue bringing France-Los Angeles arts and culture projects to fruition.