The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s de Youngsters Day Out Returns, Providing Key Support for the Equity School Partnership Project

Apr 23, 2024

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Free all-day celebration of the arts with Bay Area artists and San Francisco Public Library supporting the Equity School Partnership Project and highlighting family friendly activities at the museum. Free eye exams and reading materials for kids and youth provided.

SAN FRANCISCO— On May 4, 2024, young thinkers, learners, and visionaries are welcome back to the de Young museum to experience the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s annual free community day for children – the de Youngsters Day Out - a fun-filled day of creativity and wonder. Museum-wide activations will be led by the Museum’s teaching artists, enabling Bay Area children to engage with the permanent collections in hands-on activities. Co-chaired by Max Boyer Glynn, Darby Gaynor Glickman, and Damon Johnson, the de Youngsters Day Out event raises crucial funds for arts education through the Equity School Partnership Project—an initiative with the San Francisco and Oakland Unified School Districts that provides transportation, art education, class visits, to students in the Bay Area.

“We are delighted to bring the de Youngsters Day Out to the families of the Bay Area,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “Not only does this annual event provide crucial funding for our Equity School Partnership Project, but it also opens up museum doors to a new generation of visitors and connects them with art through a range of engaging activities. It’s a joy to see our galleries come alive with the creativity and excitement of children” 

The exciting programming offered for youngsters at the museum will include the San Francisco Public Library’s “Library on Wheels,” serving the community with accessible reading materials for children and parents, and free eye exams by Zenni Eyewear. Teaching artist Timothy B and museum educators will lead a museum takeover of art activities, including Sketching in the Galleries, Pocket Sculpture, Family Art Making, and Art ALIVE. This year, the Museums are pleased to introduce a Quiet Room for little ones that may feel over stimulated or overwhelmed amongst all the excitement.

The de Youngsters Day out event supports the Museums’ Equity School Partnership Project, an initiative with Bay Area public schools to make art equally accessible to all Bay Area students. Since the fall of 2022 this program has provided the chance for in-classroom instructional support, art supplies, and transportation to the de Young. The funds raised through de Youngsters Day Out made it possible for the Museum in 2023 to extend the program to include schools in the Oakland area as well. The program currently serves students from San Francisco Public Montessori, Ulloa Elementary School, Tenderloin Community Elementary School, César Chávez Elementary School, Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary School, Joseph Lee Recreation Center, Grass Valley Elementary and Think College Now Elementary. de Youngsters Day Out also highlights the family friendly activities that take place at the de Young year round on Free Saturdays. Free Saturdays provides free admission to the permanent collections at the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor and is made possible through our ongoing Free Saturday Initiative, generously underwritten by Diane B. Wilsey.

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Event Information

de Youngsters Day Out

Saturday, May 4, 2024

10 am - 4 pm

The de Young opens half an hour later than usual on de Youngsters Day Out and will remain open until 5:15pm, with the event activities wrapping up at 4pm.

For more information on the individual art activities and schedule of events, please visit our website.

Ticket Information

The event is free for all Bay Area families. Free admission to our permanent collections at the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor is made possible through our ongoing Free Saturday Initiative, generously underwritten by Diane B. Wilsey.

de Youngsters Day Out Organization



Max Boyer Glynn

Darby Gaynor Glickman

Damon Johnson

Steering Committee

Farell Beam McElveen

Lindsay Brown

Alexey Bulankov

Kate Harbin Clammer

Lauren Dillard

Jessica Farron

Amy Guittard

Kiki Gunn

Kristen Hale Kelly

Meena Harris

Becky Heldfond

Dev Heyrana

Brandi Hudson

Natalie Jamison Tiret

Demetra Marcus Bell

Amelia Manderschied

Seth L. Matarasso, MD

Chelsea Maughan Kohler

Liz Meyerdirk

Fiona Montgomery

Lynn Poole

Rebecca Reeve Henderson

Sandra Shorenstein Kuhn

Angela Tafoya

Sakiko Tani

Ligaya Tichy

Anne Waterman Bassin

Grand Dame Grandparent

Diane B. Wilsey

Grandparents Committee

Dr. Nancy Ascher

Herbert Boyer

Daniela Faggioli 

Jo Ann and John Gantus

Jessica and Jeffrey Gaynor

Barbara and John W. Glynn

Donna and Jim Hale

Janet McKinley

Diane L. Morris

Brenda Wright 

Contemporary Artist

Timothy B

Presenting Sponsors


Kaiser Permanente

Lead Sponsor

Major Support


Glynn Capital

In-Kind Support

Dodo Banana

Guittard Chocolate Company

Purple Level

Max Boyer Glynn and David Glynn

The Harris Family

Jason E. Moment

Vance Wall Foundation

Diane B. Wilsey

Blue Level

Rebecca and Cal Henderson

Roselyne Chroman Swig, Lindsey Sedlack and Ben Berkowitz

Sakiko and Tomonori Tani

Green Level

Samantha and Darren Bechtel

Demetra Marcus Bell and Blaine Bell Family

Bettina S. Bryant

Tiffany and Brandon Gantus

Stanlee R. Gatti

Kiki and John Gunn

Kristen Hale Kelly and Jim Kelly

The Marchetti Family

Seth L. Matarasso, MD

Nancy Ascher and John Roberts

Brenda Wright


Yellow Level

Lindsay and Tim Brown

Kate Harbin Clammer and Adam Clammer

The Dillard Family

The Farron Family

Jessica and Jeffrey Gaynor

Becky and Will Heldfond

Hannah and Bianca Kellogg

Majo Ideas

Patrick Mulkeen

Nelli and Kevin Perkins

Maxine and Justin Raphael

Lucie and Jerry Weissman

Pink Level

The Bocci Family

Antonia and Michael Cohen

John and Joann Gantus

Darby and Andrew Glickman

The Levchin Family

Kevin Lynch

The McElveen Family

The Montgomery Family

Katie and Matt Paige

Lynn and Edward Poole

The Saxe Family

The Shafer Shah Family

The Shorenstein Kuhn Family 

Natalie Jamison Tiret and Ryan Tiret

Marissa and Charlie Thieriot


Orange Level

Alexandria and Dwight Ashdown

The Bulankov Family

Richard Champe

The Forster Family

Danielle St.Germain and Steve Kulinski

Danielle Lazier and Luis Mamayson

The Manderscheid Wilson Family

The Meyerdirk Family

The Oppenheimer Family

The Parry-Liu Family

Justine and Brandon Van Buren

Katy Congdon Williams

Marcella and Kimberly Yano


The Bradich Family

About the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprising the de Young in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, are the largest public arts institution in San Francisco. 

The de Young museum originated from the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition in Golden Gate Park. The present copper-clad landmark building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, opened in 2005. Reflecting an active conversation among cultures, perspectives, and time periods, the collections on view include American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the 17th to the 21st centuries; arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; costume and textile arts; and international modern and contemporary art.

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco occupy unceded land of the Ramaytush Ohlone, who are the original inhabitants of what is now the San Francisco Peninsula. The greater Bay Area is also the ancestral territory of other Ohlone peoples, as well as the Miwok, Yokuts, and Patwin. We acknowledge, recognize, and honor the Indigenous ancestors, elders, and descendants whose nations and communities have lived in the Bay Area over many generations and continue to do so today. We respect the enduring relationships that exist between Indigenous peoples and their homelands. We are committed to partnering with Indigenous communities to raise awareness of their legacy and engage with the history of the region, the impacts of genocide, and the dynamics of settler colonialism that persist today.

Media Contact:

Greta Gordon, Communications Manager