Art fundraiser to restore Walt Disney's animation studio in Kansas City


CONTACTS: Dan Viets at (573) 819-2669 / Kathy Drungilas at (816) 285-9040 /

(KANSAS CITY, MO) April 12, 2012 - Thank You Walt Disney, Inc. and the Buttonwood Art Space are proud to present “Animation & Imagination”; a juried-art show featuring an original one-of-a-kind collection of graphite, colored pencil, pen & ink, and other media depicting images inspired by Walt Disney and his legacy. This highly-anticipated event will run from June 1 - July 27, 2012 at the Buttonwood Art Space in Kansas City, Missouri.

A special First Friday opening reception on June 1 is set to include a special appearance by Bret Iwan (the official voice of “Mickey Mouse”). Bret will share stories of his adventures as “Mickey Mouse” and celebrate the influence that Walt Disney has had on his career with fellow artists and fans of all ages! Additional activities to include live art demonstrations, musical entertainment from Kansas City based Jazz For Good, caricature creations, light snacks, drinks and more. This is an event not to be missed!

Featured artists include Tony Anselmo (the official voice of “Donald Duck”), Bret Iwan (the official voice of “Mickey Mouse”), and many other nationally known artists from studios such as Disney®, LucasFilm®, Marvel® and more. All works by the artists will be for sale with proceeds benefiting Thank You Walt Disney, Inc. for the preservation and restoration of Walt Disney’s first professional animation studio. For further information on the efforts of the organization and to get involved, please visit

WHEN: June 1 - July 27, 2012

First Friday Opening Reception June 1, 2012 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

WHERE: Buttonwood Art Space 3013 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64108

About Thank You Walt Disney, Inc.: Thank You Walt Disney, Inc., a 501(c)3 Not-For-Profit Corporation, is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Walt Disney’s Laugh-O-Gram studio, located in Kansas City, Missouri at the corner of 31st and Forest. Thank You Walt Disney, Inc. is not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company and Affiliated Companies.

To learn more about this event and sponsorship opportunities, visit


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