it’s a small world: A Virtual Community Art Exhibition

Coming Soon

"There is just one moon and one golden sun,
And a smile means friendship to everyone.
Though the mountains divide and the oceans are wide, it's a small world after all."

"it's a small world" premiered at the 1964–1965 New York World's Fair only a little more than two months after the U.S. House of Representatives initially passed the Civil Rights Act. According to one of its songwriters, Disney Legend Richard Sherman, its signature lyrics were meant to be a "prayer for peace" in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Like any other work of art, "it's a small world" is informed by and inextricably linked to the realities surrounding its creation.

Just as urgent as it was 55 years ago, "it's a small world" simply and effectively demonstrates that the criticality of appreciating and embracing cultural differences.

Our first virtual exhibition asked our global community to share their vision for the future. This virtual exhibition asks our global community to share their vision for a just and equitable present. In addition to accepting traditional 2D and 3D artworks, we encourage the submission of original short films.

Submit an image of your painting, drawing, photograph, or 3D object, or an original film that is inspired by it’s a small world. Your work will be entered in a juried pool for display in a virtual gallery space in the Diane Disney Miller Special Exhibition Hall. The virtual exhibition will be publicly on view via our website. Thank you for participating!


  1. Submit all requested details required through the form below no later than Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 11:59pm PT.
  2. Submissions are accepted for artists ages 13 and up, with additional permissions documentation required for artists between 13 and 17 (sent via email after submission is accepted).

Artwork and Film Specifications

  1. For artworks, submit a high-resolution scan or photo of your artwork 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_SmallWorld.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 (including characters whether animated or fanciful), marks or intellectual property owned by others. Song lyrics and song titles are also prohibited as they are protected intellectual property. Direct quotes from Walt Disney may not be used within the artwork or as its title.
  5. If artwork or film is a collaborative piece, include names for 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. Unless you notify the museum in writing of your intent to opt out of this 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 Monday, September 7, 2020 if their work will be included in the exhibition.

For questions, email marketing@wdfmuseum.org.

Artwork Submission Form