Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Art & Culture
Opening 2018

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, opened in September of 2021, contains over 290,000 square feet of state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, movie theaters, educational areas, and special event spaces. The Academy Museum is the world’s premier museum devoted to exploring and curating the history and future of the moving image. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the Academy Museum is located next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) campus in the landmarked Wilshire May Company building. The Museum curates and presents the work of Oscar winners and nominees, as well as the legions of global artists who make movies. The Museum provides interactive, immersive, and engaging exhibitions that pull back the curtain on moviemaking and highlight the history and future of the arts and sciences of film.

The Simms/Mann Family Foundation endowed a 283-seat theater in honor of Ted Mann. The Ted Mann Theater is located in the Museum’s Basement Level. The Ted Mann Theater is a home for retrospectives, screening series, and special programming. In addition, there is a permanent interactive exhibition regarding the life and legacy of Ted Mann. The exhibit includes his pivotal role as an entrepreneur and philanthropist in the motion picture industry and within the community.

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Simms/Mann Habits for Health Initiative at Cayton Children’s Museum

The Simms/Mann Family Foundation has partnered with Sharewell to create a health and wellness overlay at the new Cayton Children’s Museum, entitled “Simms/Mann Habits for Health.” Doors to the all-new Cayton Children’s Museum will officially open in early summer 2019 in Downtown Santa Monica.


USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

In 2016, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation established the Simms/Mann Family Foundation Endowed Dance Scholarship at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.


MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

The Simms/Mann Institute supported MOXI’s mission by donating to the Bridge for Interactive Media exhibit, which features rotating displays of new media arts and technology. The exhibit will allow visitors to discover a unique showcase for a wide range of digital interactive experiences designed in partnership with area artists, educators and scientists.


Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota

The Foundation supported the production of the Tedd Mann Concert Hall, a world-class concert auditorium overlooking the banks of the Mississippi River, in 1993.


Prince of Wales Foundation

The Foundation supports the collaboration between the Prince’s Drawing School and United States art education institutions by providing scholarships to young American artists to participate in a four-week residency at the Prince’s Drawing School.


Zimmer Children’s Museum

The Foundation supported the development of a permanent exhibit at the Museum: the Mann Theater. The Foundation has also supported the Museum’s youTHink program.

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