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

Opening Thursday, April 22
Open for entries now.

“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

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!


  1. Submit all requested details required through the form below no later than Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 11:59pm PT.
  2. Submissions are accepted by artists of all skill levels, aged 13 and up.

Artwork and Film Specifications

  1. For 2D or 3D artwork, please submit a high-resolution scan or photo of your work as a JPG, PNG, or TIF at 300 dpi at least 6” tall. If using your phone camera, please use the highest resolution and quality possible, and take a full photo of the entire artwork using adequate lighting. Please don’t worry about cropping out the background—we will take care of that.
  2. For films, submit a mp4, webm, avi, ogg, or mov format, no more than 2 minutes in length, and no more than 1GB. Please do not include licensed music or other intellectual property owned by others.
  3. Name your digital file in the following format: LastName_ArtworkTitle (e.g., Smith_EarthDay.jpg).
  4. Artwork must be thoroughly original, created wholly and owned by the submitting artist or artists, contain imagery that is appropriate for all audiences, and not use Disney intellectual property or intellectual property owned by others.
  5. If artwork or film is a collaborative piece, please include names of all collaborators.
  6. If you are submitting multiple artworks and/or films, or an artwork and film, please input each entry as a separate submission.


  1. By submitting your artwork, you, the artist, confirm that your artwork is original and created solely by you, the artist.
  2. The museum assumes the right to use any images of the artworks provided by the artists and to reproduce the artworks for documentation, publicity, publication, educational, and all other purposes, in print and digital forms, connected with the exhibition.
  3. By opting into the image use provision, by submitting your artwork, you grant the museum the right to use your image in any exhibition catalog or museum merchandise.
  4. The museum assumes the right to the use provided images of the works on the museum's digital channels, including but not limited to website, mobile app, and social media accounts.
  5. The museums reserves the right to individually review each artwork and accept or deny admission of that artwork into the exhibition. Artists will be notified by Friday March 26, 2021 if their work will be included in the exhibition.

For questions, email marketing@wdfmuseum.org.

Submission Form

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.