Free Family Fun Day

Free Family Fun Day

Regeneration Summit

Mother and Child making art and drawing outside

Are you ready for a FREE museum day? As part of SoCal Museums’ Annual Free for All Day, the Academy Museum will host a Family Fun Day for visitors to participate in the Regeneration Summit for free all day. There will be a variety of engaging activities for visitors of all ages to learn, collaborate, and continue the celebration of our groundbreaking exhibition Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971. Take a look at the schedule below and come REGENERATE with us!


Regeneration Discovery Challenge
10am–4pm |
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?

Horsemanship 101 with Urban Saddles
11am–3pm | The Walt Disney Company Piazza

Learn fundamental horsemanship skills with cowboy and Executive Director of Urban Saddles Ghuan Featherstone. Then saddle up and show us what you’ve learned by taking a ride in our pop-up arena!

We also welcome you to meet first generation equestrian and inventor of Mane Tresses Chanel Rhodes and their "Afrocentric Pony," Lady.

ALL-Black Mini Food Market
11am–5pm | 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

Regeneration Maker Lounge
11am–5pm | LL1

Grab a friend and head indoors to the Regeneration Maker Lounge. Here, you’ll have a chance to get your hands dirty while exploring the magic of Regeneration through a variety of fun maker activities for visitors of all ages.

Next Generation of Cinema Workshop Series
11am–5pm | Shirley Temple Education Studio, LL1

Drop into a series of workshops hosted by the Academy Film Archive to reconsider the past and envision new histories. The workshop will offer the next generation of archivists, filmmakers, and memory workers a variety of interactive and fun activities to explore an introduction to film restoration and archival work.

Black Joy! LIVE
11am–5pm |
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 the Amazing Grace Conservatory.

Storytime with Baba the Storyteller
11am–5pm | Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby

It’s story time! Youth and families are invited to join a special presentation of traditional and communal storytelling with Baba the Storyteller. Before the start of story time, build your own personal percussion instruments in the Regeneration Maker Lounge to join in on Baba’s performance or take home with you to continue sharing your stories.

The Glamour Room
11am–5pm | 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 glamour photo inspired by the iconic portraits featured on Regeneration’s glamour wall.

Line up for a complimentary haircut from Lesley “The Lady Clipper” Bryant, owner of the nation’s first and only all-Black female run barbershop, The Lady Clipper Shop. Limited slots available on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to Teach Black Cinema
11:30am | Ted Mann Theater, LL1

Are you an educator or caretaker searching for creative ways to teach your students about Black cinema? Join the Academy Museum’s Education Team for an interactive presentation exploring a variety of helpful inquiry-based learning strategies that will support your students as they investigate the history of Black cinema. Participants will examine the brand-new Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971 Curriculum Guide and engage in an exclusive audience Q&A with Education team members. The program will culminate with a series of mini school tours throughout the Regeneration exhibition to apply exercises from the curriculum in real time.

Because It’s a Vibe
Noon–4pm | 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 Toks.

After Lunch Talk with the Librarian of Congress
2pm | Ted Mann Theater, LL1

After grabbing lunch from the ALL-Black Mini Food Market, join the Director and President of the Academy Museum Jacqueline Stewart and the Academy Museum’s Teen Council for a conversation with the Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden. Together they will investigate the power of film restoration and how it can serve to impact generations of today and tomorrow.

The conversation will culminate with a special screening of Reform School (1939).

Reform School
DIRECTED BY: Leo C. Popkin. WRITTEN BY: Zella Young. WITH: Louise Beavers, Reginald Fenderson, Monte Hawley, Eugene Jackson. 1939. 82 min. USA. B&W. English. DCP. Restored in 2020 by the Academy Film Archive with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts from a 16mm print donated by Giancarlo Esposito and Laurence Fishburne.

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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