This Saturday, October 5, The Walt Disney Family Museum will be hosting The Big Draw Festival 2019, the world’s largest drawing festival. It takes place every year to celebrate Walt Disney’s contributions to the visual arts. This year’s theme is “Drawn to Life,” which focuses on animals and the environment.
As part of this special theme, The Walt Disney Family Museum is partnering with the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots program. This youth service program was founded by Goodall in 1991 to foster respect and compassion for all living things, promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and inspire people of all ages to take action to make the world a better place for people, other animals, and the environment.
The museum-wide event will include special drawing sessions exploring nature-inspired art, cartoon classes, care-card creation, and much more. The museum will also be screening Disneynature’s Chimpanzee (2012) and Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out (2015). This year’s special exhibition is called Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World.
The Big Draw Festival is all about exploring the positive changes creativity can bring to the world. It promotes visual art, and drawing in particular, as a universal language that has the power to change lives and unite people around the globe.
Since the first Big Draw Festival in 2000, it has taken place in over 25 countries on seven continents, winning two world records with over 4 million participants.
This year’s festival will be held at The Walt Disney Family Museum on Saturday, October 5 from 10am to 4pm. The festival will offer free activities for all attendees, as well as free museum and special exhibition admission for guests 17 and under, with paid adult admission. General admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and tickets, and $10-15 more for special exhibition admission, but the Big Draw Festival is open to the public.
The museum is also partnering with Caltrain and SamTrans, offering free general admission to riders and employees upon presenting their Caltrain/SamTrans ticket or employee ID to the museum’s Ticket Desk. Riders and employees will also receive 15% off in the Museum Store during The Big Draw Festival 2019.
The Walt Disney Family Museum, opened in October 2009, is a 40,000-square-foot facility dedicated to honoring the story and achievements of Walt Disney. It features innovative technology, a vast collection of historic materials and artifacts, interactive galleries with Disney’s early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a panoramic model of Disneyland, and much more. It’s open Wednesday through Monday from 10am to 6pm.
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Caroline Quinn, Senior Communications Coordinator of The Walt Disney Family Museum