Whether adapting from book to film, comic to television series, or somewhere in between, the art of adapting material for a new medium is both exciting and hard work. In this two-week summer class, students explore the process of adaptation through books, film, and poetry, then reimagine and develop
Take the first step on an incredible two-week journey as we look at what it means to be a young woman in animation. Students will design their own female lead character while studying narrative structure, fairy tales, reexamining tropes, and stereotypes in animated films. After developing concept
Please note: Due to the holiday, this class begins on Tuesday, July 5.
Television shows made for streaming services are more prominent now than they have ever been. Whether audiences follow their favorite characters over a few hours or many years, the idea for a television series can be just as
In May, we celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month to honor the history, achievements, and contributions of these peoples and communities to the world. Join us for a special month-long screening of Mulan (1998), the beloved retelling of a classic Chinese tale of
At the heart of every great artist is a strong foundation of skills to take their ideas and turn the imaginary into reality. Join us this summer for a two-week class focusing on the fundamentals of drawing human beings. We will look at bone and muscle structure, how to accurately draw faces, and
Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with author Oliver Chin as he reads from The Year of the Tiger, an installment of Tales from the Chinese Zodiac.
Join us as author Adrea Theodore reads her book A History of Me, a heartfelt story of a young girl reflecting on her family history. Based on her and her daughter’s experiences, A History of Me shows young people how to form their own positive self-image, despite what others might think of them.
Join us for an inside look at the making of Disney and Pixar’s transformational latest feature film, Turning Red (2022), with Production Designer Rona Liu, Visual Effect Supervisor Danielle Feinberg, and Animation Supervisors Patty Kihm and Aaron Hartline.
Join actress and singer JoMarie Payton for a discussion about her career in television and her experience reprising her role as Suga Mama for The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, now streaming on Disney+.
Department: Guest Operations Location: San Francisco
Reports to: Guest Experience Manager Status: Full-Time
Date: Starting ASAP Hours: Thursday-Sunday
FLSA Code: Non-Exempt (9:30am–5:30pm)
Hourly Rate: $20/hour Benefits: Eligible
The Walt Disney Family Museum is proud to call San Francisco's historic Presidio home. Visit our About page to learn more about the history of our museum buildings. For more information about restaurants, amenities, trails, transportation, and more, visit the Presidio’s newly-renovated William Penn Mott, Jr. Presidio Visitor Center, located just down the street from the museum on Lincoln Boulevard, and adjacent to the Presidio Transit Center. Additionally, explore the Presidio’s website to learn more before visiting the park.
The Museum Store offers an abundance of Disney-themed gifts, apparel, books, postcards, exclusive pins, and more. Be sure to stop by during your visit as our selection of items is constantly changing to correlate with the special exhibitions and programs that occur at the museum.
The Museum Store is open to the public Thursday–Sunday from 10am–5:30pm. For other ways to shop—online or by phone—visit waltdisney.org/store.
San Francisco, April 20, 2022—The Walt Disney Family Museum is delighted to announce the opening of its next major special exhibition, Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece, in celebration of the beloved Disney animated classic’s 55th anniversary. Guest-curated by acclaimed animator
Animals Asia is devoted to ending bear bile farming and improving the welfare of animals across Asia. They promote compassion and respect for all animals and work to bring about long-term change. Founded in 1998, the Animals Asia team has been rescuing bears since 1994. They operate award-winning bear rescue sanctuaries in China and Vietnam and are the only organization with a bear sanctuary in China. Their founder and CEO Jill Robinson MBE, Dr.med.vet. h.c., Hon LLD is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on the cruel bear bile industry, campaigning against it since 1993.
Animals Asia is a registered charity with bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam, headquarters in Hong Kong, and offices in Australia, China, Germany, Italy, UK, USA, and Vietnam. They have a total of 303 staff, with 252 based in China and Vietnam, 28 in their Hong Kong headquarters, and 23 across other offices.
Wildlife ACT is a non-profit organization that was established in South Africa in 2010 with a vision to save Africa’s iconic and endangered species from extinction, thereby enabling broad-scale biodiversity conservation. Through strategic partnerships and sustainable funding models, the organization's mission is to implement professional and strategic monitoring and research to enable and inform effective conservation management of wildlife; identify and develop programs within surrounding communities to support wildlife conservation; secure existing protected areas and support range expansion of African wildlife.
Wildlife ACT’s vulture conservation program works towards the following three main objectives: population stabilization and habitat protection, education and community conservation, and improved advocacy.
They believe that partnerships are crucial to effectively carry out the work required in this space, and that partnerships bring stability and consistency of approach with the benefits of continuity. As active members of Project Vulture, the Zululand Vulture Project, the Bearded Vulture Task Force, and the South African National Vulture Task Force, these objectives and the work that Wildlife ACT does to achieve them are guided by the Multi-species Action Plan to conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP), and contribute to the Biodiversity Management Plan for Vultures in South Africa.
Jane Goodall Institute
Chimpanzees and other wildlife rescued by the Jane Goodall Institute find a new home at the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of the Congo. Many orphaned by the international illegal wild meat and pet trades, these chimpanzees receive expert care and rehabilitation by Tchimpounga’s staff and are adopted into new chimpanzee families. Tchimpounga also stands as a beacon against wildlife crime through a “Triangle Approach,” which supports relationships with law enforcement and partnership with communities to address the drivers of the illegal trade through sustainable livelihoods, public awareness, and environmental education.
Founded in 1992, Tchimpounga is one of the largest chimpanzee sanctuaries across countries in Africa, having provided care to more than 200 individuals. Located within the Tchimpounga Nature Reserve, Tchimpounga’s chimpanzees are cared for at a main sanctuary site, as well as three forested island sanctuary sites by Dr. Rebeca Atencia, JGI-Congo’s executive director, and a dedicated team of expert caregivers.
Tchimpounga’s staff provide individualized care plans for each rescued chimpanzee while supporting and ensuring their welfare as they are integrated into communities of other chimpanzees, many of whom are unrelated to one another. Tchimpounga is also home to the Chimpanzee Welfare Index, created by Dr. Atencia (based upon the Great Ape Welfare Index by Amanda Fernie) which rates welfare across criteria ranging from social, psychological, and physical well-being. Connected with local communities, the work at Tchimpounga extends beyond the sanctuary through a holistic approach that tackles the drivers of illegal trade like poverty and lack of available information. By investing in locally grown fruits for the chimpanzees, supporting law enforcement agency confiscations of endangered wildlife, and offering school-based educational programs for youth as well as information billboards, JGI is making great strides in the work to end the trade for good. The facility has also successfully rescued, rehabilitated, and released several groups of mandrill monkeys, pangolins, and a variety of other animals.
We build on the work of our model facility at Tchimpounga, as well as on Dr. Goodall’s inspiring thought leadership, writings, and advocacy to improve non-human animal welfare globally. Through innovations in captive care, advocacy and cross-sectoral partnerships, JGI makes sure that every chimpanzee is provided the respect and quality of life they deserve. Through their care model and evaluation system known as the Chimpanzee Welfare Index, JGI is proud that every chimpanzee in Tchimpounga is at or above 97% for positive welfare—which has continued to increase since its implementation. The model is one they share to improve the standards and wellbeing of captive apes around the world.
Panthera Africa is a non-profit organization founded by Lizaene Cornwall and Cathrine S. Nyquist. The name Panthera Africa is inspired by the passion Lizaene and Cathrine have for the four pantheras: panthera leo, the lion; panthera pardus, the leopard; panthera onca, the jaguar; and panthera tigris, the tiger.
Panthera Africa is an environmentally-friendly sanctuary for any captive-bred rescued big cats, where they will be protected and prosper for the rest of their lives.
One of Panthera Africa’s main purposes is to be an educational platform to create awareness about the conditions big cats face in captivity, how together we can end this exploitative industry, and how holistic animal welfare and enrichment play a vital role in giving them the best captive life possible. They are a true sanctuary where no hands-on interaction, breeding or trading takes place. They are a blueprint of how a non-profit sanctuary focusing on animal welfare can become self-sufficient, and aim to assist in changing breeding facilities into sustainable, ethical projects where possible. Panthera Africa believes in the connection between both environmental and wildlife conservation, and aim to become the first green big cat sanctuary in South Africa that runs solely on solar energy.
Panthera Africa has found its 110-hectare paradise with a beautiful home for their animals, staff, founders, and the many volunteers who visit. The land is filled with lots of large trees, a natural spring and an amazing 180-degree mountain view. Panthera Africa strongly believe in the saying “In unity there is strength” and by standing together—human and animal—they believe in the possibility of a prosperous future for big cats.
FOUR PAWS is a global animal welfare organization for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need, and protects them. Founded in 1988 in Vienna by Heli Dungler and friends, the organization advocates for a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy, and understanding. The sustainable campaigns and projects of FOUR PAWS focus on companion animals including stray dogs and cats, farm animals, and wild animals—such as bears, big cats and orangutans—kept in inappropriate conditions and disaster and conflict zones. With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Kosovo, Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, UK, USA, and Vietnam and sanctuaries for rescued animals in 11 countries, FOUR PAWS provides rapid help and long-term solutions. FOUR PAWS sanctuaries provide species-appropriate homes for animals rescued from improper keeping conditions from all over the world, including neglected zoos, circuses, or other forms of private keeping. Each FOUR PAWS sanctuary maintains the highest standard of care for its rescued animals.
Bears and big cats that have grown up under human influence, unfortunately, cannot be released into the wild. In captivity, they lose vital instincts they need to survive, especially learning how to hunt and scavenge for food. Many of the rescued bears and big cats often display severe behavioral disorders due to their former caged existence and require the special attention of FOUR PAWS animal caretakers. Animals at all FOUR PAWS sanctuaries will never be bred, sold for profit, or traded to other sanctuaries, zoos, or any other animal practice or trade. Animals rescued by FOUR PAWS find a home at its sanctuaries for life.
FOUR PAWS sanctuaries for bears and big cats are in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Jordan, Kosovo, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, Ukraine, and Vietnam and are open for visitors to educate on global animal welfare issues.