Community Celebration

Community Celebration

Don’t miss the Academy Museum’s second annual Community Celebration!

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Join us for the Academy Museum’s second annual Community Celebration from 10am - 6pm!

Explore our exhibitions and experience gallery tours, art-making activities, dance, an artist conversation, a sign- and sing-along, film screenings, DJ sets, a collective workshop, and more―all for free.

The event features DJ sets from Chulita Vinyl Club and Utopia featuring KG Superstar as well as complimentary food and beverage offerings from vendedores and Wolfgang Puck Catering, highlighting LA-based restaurants.


Red Carpet
The Walt Disney Company Piazza

Express Yourself! Button-Making Workshop
The Walt Disney Company Piazza

Create buttons to show your love for your community, your family, and the movies! Choose from various designs including those celebrating the film Selena (1997), being screened at 11am and 2:30pm, or create your own design! Add jewels, glitter, and color to your button to express your style.

Spanish facilitation available.

Las Fotos Project Portraits
The Walt Disney Company Piazza

Inspired by Las Fotos Project’s Esta Soy Yo class, which is a self-exploration program that incorporates therapeutic photography methodologies to support participants with finding their voice while building self-confidence and self-efficacy through visual communication, Las Fotos Project photographers will guide participants through a collaborative photo making process. All participants of this drop-in workshop will act as both subjects and photographers directing Las Fotos Project photographers on how they want to be photographed and represented within the images they are creating. Las Fotos Project photographers will guide participants through a reflection activity encouraging them to explore their identity, emotions, and dreams so participants can utilize their portraits as a centerpiece for a mixed media collage that represents all facets of their being.

Las Fotos Project’s mission is to elevate the voices of teenage girls and gender-expansive youth from communities of color through photography and mentoring, empowering them to channel their creativity for the benefit of themselves, their community, and future careers.

Complimentary Food and Beverages
The Walt Disney Company Piazza

Tea Room, Level 5

Enjoy delicious treats from LA-based restaurants and vendedores.

Tactile Filmmaking Workshop
10am–5pm (With a final screening at 5pm)
Shirley Temple Education Studio, Lower Level

Join us for the second annual Tactile Filmmaking Workshop! Drop in to the Shirley Temple Education Studio throughout the day to participate in an interactive workshop and learn about direct-on-film animation techniques. Filmmaker and Academy Film Archivist, Kate Dollenmayer and filmmaker Mike Stoltz will guide participants in creating vibrant moving collages on 16mm film using simple materials like adhesive tape and magazine pages.

Contribute your creative expression by adding to the one-of-a-kind collective film and decorate a piece of film to keep! The strips will be joined together and projected at 5pm in the Ted Mann Lobby. This is an intergenerational activity for people of all abilities, and we encourage both individuals and groups to participate. In partnership with the Academy Film Archive, the film will be digitized, archived, and shared.

Selena (1997) Sign- and Sing-Along with Deaf West Theatre
10:30–10:45am and 2:30–2:45pm
Dolby Family Terrace, Level 5

Join Deaf West Theatre for a community sign- and sing-along prior to the accommodative screening of Selena (1997). Offered in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.

Committed to innovation, collaboration, training, and social change, Deaf West is the artistic bridge between the Deaf and hearing worlds. Founded in Los Angeles in 1991, Deaf West engages artists and audiences in unparalleled theater and media experiences inspired by Deaf culture and the expressive power of American Sign Language.

Drop-In Tours: The Future of Cinema and Identity Galleries
10:30–11:30am and 1:30–2:30pm
Stories of Cinema, Levels 2 and 3

Join museum educators for facilitated drop-in tours in our Stories of Cinema galleries. The focus will be on the costumes in our Identity gallery and on The Future of Cinema gallery.

Spanish facilitation available during 10:30am-11:30am tour.

Selena (1997) Accommodative Screenings
Presenting Youth Cinema Project shorts Eldest Daughter by Kimberly Mendiola Leon and Will She Get It Done? by Michelle Santana
Presented in partnership with the Latino Film Institute
11am and 2:30pm
David Geffen Theater

Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez broke out as a full-fledged movie star with her empathetic portrayal of Selena Quintanilla Pérez, the beloved Tejano performer whose life was tragically cut short at the age of 23. Writer-director Gregory Nava (El Norte) consulted closely with Selena’s loved ones, including her manager-father Abraham (memorably portrayed in the film by Edward James Olmos) to create this loving and emotional tribute to Selena’s life and music. The film’s soundtrack features more than a dozen of Selena’s songs, including such top hits as “Amor Prohibido” and “No Me Queda Más.”

About LFI:
The Latino Film Institute (LFI) showcases and celebrates the richness of Latino lives by providing a platform to our storytellers and a pipeline from our community into the entertainment industry. 

There is arguably no more powerful story in our community than that of Selena Quintanilla, who Billboard declared the “greatest Latina artist of all time”. The Latino Film Institute is proud to partner with The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures for this special screening, which highlights the social and cultural significance Selena and this film have had on our community and the next generation of storytellers.

We invite you to attend the screening in your Selena-inspired outfit!

DIRECTOR: Gregory Nava. WRITTEN BY: Gregory Nava. CAST: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, Constance Marie. 1997. 127 min. USA. Color. Scope. English, Spanish. DCP. Open Captions.

Explore DJ-ing with Chulita Vinyl Club!
Dolby Family Terrace, Level 5

Join members of the Chulita Vinyl Club (CVC) to learn beat matching, scratching, and mixing on turntables, all to the music of Selena, plus disco, ‘80s, and R&B!

Chulita Vinyl Club is made up of women, gender-non-conforming, non-binary, LGBTQ+, and self-identifying people of color. CVC launched in 2014, with the context of providing a safe space for empowerment and togetherness and to utilize music and vinyl as a form of resistance against the erasure of culture.

Spanish language facilitation available.

Reflecting on Selena (1997) with Greg Nava and Maria Garcia
Ted Mann Theater, Lower Level

Join Greg Nava, director and writer of the musical biopic Selena (1997) and Maria Garcia, to discuss the impact and legacy of the film that charted the life and career of Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla Pérez. Greg will be joined by Maria Garcia.

Let’s Dance! with Marissa Herrera from 4C LAB
Ted Mann Lobby, Lower Level

Feel the joy of music and movement while learning choreography from 4C LAB co-founder Marissa Herrera.

Herrera has 20 years of professional experience in the entertainment industry and arts education; leads workshops nationally and internationally; and works as a writer, choreographer, producer, and director. She strives to connect us through the storytelling of the human experience.

4C LAB is a non-profit arts organization based in Los Angeles, California, that provides arts immersion programming led by professional teaching artists and centered around the four C’s: Create, Communicate, Collaborate, and Community.

Utopia Featuring KG Superstar DJ Set
Dolby Family Terrace

Academy Museum inclusion initiatives are made possible in part by the Ruderman Family Foundation.

This program is also supported in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

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