Academy Museum Announces Major Gift from George Lucas Family Foundation plus the Appointment of its New Director of Education and Public Engagement

The Juvenile Oscar® awarded to Shirley Temple for the eight films she made in 1934. Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Gift of Shirley Temple Black and Family, 2013. Photo by Joshua White, JWPictures/©Academy Museum FoundationPage from the script for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) annotated by Gregory Peck from the Gregory Peck Papers, courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library

Kerry Brougher, Director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures,
today announced the George Lucas Family Foundation has provided a
transformative grant in support of the Academy Museum’s educational
mission. The Academy Museum will use the funds to create
an endowment underwriting free admission to the Museum in perpetuity
for visitors ages 17 and younger. The George Lucas Family Foundation
established the generous grant in honor of Sid Ganis, former President
and current Vice President of the Academy’s Board
of Governors and Chair of its Museum Committee. Brougher also announced
the appointment of the Museum’s inaugural Director of Education and
Public Engagement, Amy Homma, who was most recently at the Smithsonian
Institution in Washington DC.

Kerry
Brougher said, “At the Academy Museum, we are committed to helping
educate our youngest visitors: the children and teens who will be the
next generation of filmmakers, writers, and visual
artists. To succeed though we must break down the financial barriers
that make it difficult for families, students, and teens to visit
cultural institutions. We are deeply grateful to the George Lucas Family
Foundation for understanding our mission so well
and making it possible for us to waive admission for our youngest
audiences, so they can engage with exhibitions and programs that will
nurture their creativity and encourage them to tell their own stories.”

Sid
Ganis said, “I could not be more honored and humbled by George’s gift
to young movie lovers around the world. Education has always been a
primary goal of George’s storytelling. Now through
his incredible generosity young people from everywhere can experience
and learn about the art and the techniques of filmmaking. With the
impending openings of the Academy Museum and the Lucas Museum of
Narrative Art, Los Angeles will soon have two major new
resources for culture and education with a shared focus on the art of
storytelling and a dedication to the next generation. We are proud and
grateful that the George Lucas Family Foundation is making this
tremendous commitment to serving the young people of
L.A.”

“Although
not every child who visits the Academy Museum will embark on a career
in filmmaking, each young person deserves to be inspired by the new
perspectives
and ideas that come through their exposure to the arts,” said Brougher.
“As we prepare for these early initiatives, it is a perfect time to
bring Amy Homma, our new Director of Education and Public Engagement,
into the fold. She brings with her a wealth of
experience engaging visitors of all ages.”

Homma will oversee the Museum’s K-12 programming, including the Shirley Temple Education Studio initiatives, as well as public
programs ranging from lectures, symposia, and panels to in-gallery talks and online programming.
She previously served as the Acting
Deputy Director of the Arts & Industries Building at the Smithsonian
Institution, Washington, DC, where she created innovative
pan-institutional and multi-disciplinary public programs, including
a 12-hour conversation series that brought together noted writers,
musicians, scientists, technologists, and other experts in numerous
arenas. She also piloted new technologies and online experiences for
visitors across multiple Smithsonian museums. As Director
of Digital Learning at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, she
created a diverse range of education programs for all ages focused on
learning, collaboration, and experimentation and established an
internationally recognized education studio with distinctive
arts programming, including the museum’s signature teen program. She
also initiated a partnership with the National Museum of Natural History
to demonstrate the power of teaching art and science together and
oversaw the development of education efforts for
teachers, families, schools, youth, and adults.

Under
Homma’s leadership, the Academy Museum will build meaningful, long-term
connections with local schools and will present public programs that
welcome the broadest audiences in Los Angeles
and beyond. The Museum’s core education initiative will be its teen
program, based in the Shirley Temple Education Studio, serving young
people of all backgrounds across the Greater Los Angeles area. The
program will encourage teens to think critically about
the media that surrounds them and help them to develop the necessary
skills to make their own films and digital productions.

“Movies,
and the magic that surrounds them, offer limitless opportunities to
delight, challenge, and educate both children and adults,”
said Homma. “The Academy Museum’s programming will offer something for
everyone. I am delighted to be joining the team and especially grateful
to the George Lucas Family Foundation for ensuring a barrier-free
experience for our next generation of movie makers
and movie lovers.”

Additional details about Museum admission, hours, and ticketing will be announced at a later date.

www.academymuseum.org.