Conserving the Magic of Our Planet: A Virtual Community Art Exhibition

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“Conservation isn’t just the business of a few people. It’s a matter that concerns all of us. It’s a science whose principles are written in the oldest code in the world, the laws of nature. The natural resources of our vast continent are not inexhaustible. But if we will use our riches wisely, if we will protect our wildlife and preserve our lakes and streams, these things will last us for generations to come.”

—Walt Disney

“Conservation isn’t just the business of a few people. It’s a matter that concerns all of us. It’s a science whose principles are written in the oldest code in the world, the laws of nature. The natural resources of our vast continent are not inexhaustible. But if we will use our riches wisely, if we will protect our wildlife and preserve our lakes and streams, these things will last us for generations to come.”

—Walt Disney

Virtual Artists' Reception
Thu, Apr 22 | 11am PT
FREE, No Sign-up Required
Program hosted on Facebook and YouTube

Walt Disney is celebrated not only for his transformative and lasting impact on our culture through the pioneering and perfecting of animation, family entertainment, and theme parks, but also for his reverence of nature and support for habitat conservation. Consistently ahead of his time, Walt recognized the importance of inspiring younger generations to both understand and actively protect our natural world and the diverse forms of life with which we share the planet. 

Walt paired never-before-seen wildlife film footage with enriching storytelling in the Academy Award®-winning True-Life Adventures series—the first of its kind to expose the greater public, through film, to the importance and diversity of nature. Audiences were transported to the plains, deserts, mountains, waterways, and forests of our planet, not as mere background scenery for human activity, but as real, balanced ecosystems that support a variety of fascinating creatures. The True-Life Adventures films ultimately fueled a mainstream appreciation of wildlife conservation, created the template for the modern nature documentary, and set many conservationists on their career paths.

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to announce its next virtual community art exhibition, Conserving the Magic of Our Planet, which will debut to the public on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2021. Adult and teen artists from around the world are invited to submit artwork inspired by Walt’s passion for stories based on our natural environment and the protection of our planet.

In addition to accepting traditional 2D and 3D artworks, we encourage the submission of original short films. Please submit an image of your painting, drawing, photograph, or 3D object, or an original film that is inspired by Earth Day. Your work will be entered in a juried pool for display in a virtual 3D rendering of the Diane Disney Miller Special Exhibition Hall. The final, curated selection of artwork will be made available to view for free via our website and WDFM mobile app. Thank you for participating!

About Virtual Community Art Exhibitions

This exhibition is the third in a series of virtual community art exhibitions sponsored by the museum during our pandemic-related closure that began in March 2020. The first exhibition, The World of Tomorrow, called upon amateur and professional artists of all ages to share their ideas and hopes for our future. The second exhibition, it’s a small world, invited the museum’s global community to share their visions for a just and equitable present.

All submissions will be entered in a juried pool for display in a virtual 3D rendering of the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall, which has previously housed such world-class exhibitions as Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination; MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: The World of Mary Blair; Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong; and Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World. The final selection of works for Conserving the Magic of Our Planet: Virtual Community Art Exhibition will be made on view on the museum’s website and the WDFM mobile app.