Spirit of the Season: A Community Art Exhibition

Nov 17, 2022–Mar 19, 2023
Theater Gallery

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to present its second annual juried community art show, Spirit of the Season: A Community Art Exhibition, open from today, Thursday, November 17, 2022 through Sunday, March 19, 2023. A diverse selection of paintings, drawings, photographs, 3D objects, digital illustrations, and short films submitted by artists from the local Bay Area community, as well as Mexico, Canada, Germany, and the United Arab Emirates will be on view in the museum’s Theater Gallery.

For Walt Disney, the holidays were a time to honor beloved traditions and create magical memories with his family, such as leaving sunny Los Angeles for snowier peaks, perfect for skiing and sledding. While Walt celebrated Christmas, other notable end-of-year holidays and traditions observed around the world include Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Ōmisoka, Diwali, Las Posadas, Three Kings Day, Toji, seasonal solstices, and New Year’s. Many of these end-of-the-year celebrations find symbolic meaning in the great flora that surrounds us, with families and friends often marking this special time of year by exploring the outdoors.

For this year’s community art show, we asked artists to take inspiration from the museum’s current special exhibition, Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece, and create works that highlight the lush, abundant plant life in our environments.

“We’re delighted to mark the upcoming holiday season by showcasing the artistic talents of adult and teen artists from both the Bay Area and around the world,” says The Walt Disney Family Museum Executive Director, Kirsten Komoroske. “Spirit of the Season celebrates our wonderful community of artists, and each of these artists have my utmost gratitude for generously contributing to this unique exhibition.”

This year’s installment of Spirit of the Season is the fifth in a series of community exhibitions sponsored by The Walt Disney Family Museum; the second to be displayed in person at the museum. Previous exhibitions, including The World of Tomorrow, it’s a small world, and Conserving the Magic of Our Planet were available to view in a virtual, 3D-rendered gallery space hosted on the museum’s website—a free initiative that was developed following the museum’s pandemic-related closure in March 2020.

Spirit of the Season: A Community Art Exhibition is presented in conjunction with Kaleidoscope, a retrospective of abstract work by artist Chris Miller, on display in the museum’s adjacent Lower Lobby Gallery. A selection of Spirit of the Season artwork contributed by museum staff will also be available to view. Both exhibitions open on Thursday, November 17 and will be free to the public.


  1. By submitting an artwork, you confirm that the artwork is original and created solely by you, the artist(s) and nothing depicted in the artwork is owned by a third party.  
  2. The museum assumes the right to use any images of the artworks provided by the artists and reproduce the artworks for documentation, publicity, publication, education, and all other purposes, in print and digital forms, connected with the exhibition.  
  3. By opting into the Image Use Provision and submitting your artwork, you grant the museum the right to use your image in an 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 museum reserves the right to individually review each artwork and accept or deny admission of that artwork into the exhibition. Artists will be notified by email on Friday, September 16, 2022 if their work will be included in the exhibition.  

For questions, email marketing@wdfmuseum.org