Around the Block Party

Around the Block Party

Regeneration Summit

DJ performing on Dolby Terrace

Head “around the block” to Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue as the Regeneration Summit opens with an evening block party experience. The entire Academy Museum will come alive with activities inspired by the museum’s exhibition Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971. Check out the schedule below and come celebrate with us!


Next Generation of Cinema Workshop Series
6–9pm | Shirley Temple Education Studio, LL1

Drop into a hands-on workshop hosted by Black Girl Film School. Workshops will offer the next generation of industry professionals the opportunity to explore fundamental skills in film production and the impact of Black women behind the camera through five interactive production stations.

Regeneration Discovery Challenge
6–9pm |
Regeneration, L4

Enhance your experience in the Regeneration exhibition by taking the Regeneration Discovery Challenge! The Academy Museum’s Teen Council created a series of individual and collaborative discovery prompts to further your exploration throughout the galleries. Upon completion of the challenge, you can enter for a chance to win a FREE one-year membership to the Academy Museum! Head to the entrance of Regeneration to join for your chance to win. Are you up for the challenge?

ALL-Black Mini Food Market
6–10pm | The Walt Disney Company Piazza

Stop by The Walt Disney Company Piazza to grab a bite in our mini food market featuring all Black women–owned pop-up food vendors powered by Black Women Vend.

Featured food vendors include:
Rose Gold Pastries, KIK N' Juice (V), Smokin' Crackers, Mai's Kitchen, My Daddy's Recipes (V), All Chill Inc (V), The Fusion Queen, Filthy Rich Banana Pudding, Buns & Tails, Wholly Mother Vegan (V), Hotville Chicken, LA Grind Coffee Truck

(V) - Vegan Options

Because It’s a Vibe
6–10pm | The Walt Disney Company Piazza

Enhance your vibes with a fusion of classic sounds inspired by the Regeneration era and live art powered by LA-based creative arts organizations DreamHaus and Zeal Co-Op.

DJ entertainment spun by DJ Iesha Irene.

Regeneration Maker Lounge
6–10pm | LL1

Grab a friend and head indoors to the Regeneration Maker Lounge. Here, you’ll have a chance to dive into a variety of fun activities while exploring the magic of Regeneration. Makers of all ages are welcome!

Black Joy! LIVE
6–10pm |
Regeneration, L4 + Museum Galleries

As you explore the Regeneration exhibition and other various museum spaces, you’ll discover a series of live and intimate pop-up performances paying homage to iconic Black performers. You won’t want to miss out on these unexpected surprise performances.

Performances will be curated by Street Poets Inc., 1500 Sound Academy, and AMDA College of the Performing Arts.

The Glamour Room
6–10pm | Netflix Lounge, L2

Stop, smile, and strike a pose for the camera as Las Fotos Project hosts a photobooth to help you capture and take home a professional photo inspired by the iconic portraits featured on Regeneration’s glamour wall. After your own glamour shot, watch Black hair artists Lesley "The Lady Clipper" Bryant and Creator of Hair Sprinkles Amber Mimz reimagine classic looks from some of Regeneration's featured icons through a live and spectacular pop-up showcase.

What Does Black Cinema Mean to You?
7pm | David Geffen Theater

The Regeneration Summit's opening panel invites the audience to take the lead as moderator. This audience-guided program will convene some of Black cinema’s leading voices to reflect on the big question, “What does Black cinema mean to you?” Audience members will collectively steer the direction of the discussion in real time using a live poll, creating an unpredictable journey of reflections on Black cinema. Featured panelists include film director Julie Dash; director and producer Charles Burnett; and President of Macro Film Studios James F. Lopez. The conversation will be guided by co-curator of Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971 Rhea Combs.

The panel will be presented in partnership with the Academy’s Black Caucus, the affinity group for Black Academy members. Finally, the experience will culminate with a spotlight presentation by the grandchildren of Fayard Nicholas and Cab Calloway, followed by a special screening of America (2019) by artist and filmmaker Garret Bradley.

The panel will be livestreamed on YouTube—the only opportunity for online audiences to join the Regeneration Summit.

Living the Legacy
9:15pm | Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby

Meet us on the dance floor for a historic live performance honoring Cabell “Cab” Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers (Harold and Fayard Nicholas). The grandson of Cab Calloway, Joshua Langsam, and the granddaughters of Fayard Nicholas, Cathie and Nicole Nicholas, join forces with musical accompaniment powered by multi-Grammy–award winning songwriter and record producer James Fauntleroy and 1500 or Nothin'.

Introduction performances will be brought to you by Crenshaw High School’s Mighty Marching Cougars and the Amazing Grace Conservatory.

Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971
 is the recipient of the 2018 Sotheby’s Prize. The Sotheby’s Prize was founded to support and encourage museums to break new ground by recognizing curatorial excellence and facilitating an upcoming exhibition that explores overlooked or underrepresented art history. The Sotheby’s Prize was awarded by a jury of museum curators and directors comprising Sir Nicholas Serota, Donna De Salvo, Okwui Enwezor (1963–2019), Connie Butler, Emilie Gordenker, and chaired by Allan Schwartzman.  
Regeneration is made possible in part by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Technology solutions generously provided by Christie®. 
Lead support provided by Campari® and J. P. Morgan Private Bank.
Generous support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, and Octavia Spencer.
Support also provided by Sybil Robson Orr, Lyndon J. Barrois Sr. and Janine Sherman Barrois, Chaz Hammel-Smith Ebert and, Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and Revelations Entertainment, Max and Kahlia Konan, Emma Koss, Alana Mayo, Mary Parent and Javier Chapa, Nina Shaw and Wallace Little, and Yeardley Smith. Exhibition programs are made possible in part by California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Academy Film Archive restorations are funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation.
Academy Museum Digital Engagement Platform sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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