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New Mural Debuts at Disney Springs “Artsy” Attraction

mickey mouse mural at disney springs art walk
Credit: Disney Springs

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and the Walt Disney World Resort is a part of the celebration.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration – April 6,  2023 – Emeriti Center

Disney Springs’ Art Walk at the Walt Disney World Resort is a welcoming exhibit of works that showcases both local artists and artists from around the world. The pieces along the Art Walk include bright colors that evoke emotions and capture the spirit of the cultures represented by each artist.

Disney Springs recently announced the addition of a new work of art by artist Andrew Hem that is included as a Canvas of Expression in the “A World of Voices” segment of the Art Walk. Hem’s new piece is a celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Disney Springs and captures the beauty, contributions, and culture of the AAPI heritage.

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Art Walk: A Canvas of Expression | Disney Springs

Mural by Andrew Hem/Credit: Disney Springs

Per the Disney Springs website:

Born during his parents’ flight from Cambodia, Andrew Hem grew up poised in the divide between 2 cultures—the rural animistic society of his Khmer ancestors and the dynamic urban arts of his tough Los Angeles neighborhood. Fascinated by graffiti at an early age, he honed his skills on city walls before pursuing a degree in illustration from the Art Center College of Design.

Working in gouache, oil, and acrylic, Andrew weaves atmospheric, richly textured narratives in a vivid palette of twilight blues, deep reds, and splashes of golden light. His haunting impressions of culture and landscape evoke liminal spaces, such as the manifestation of memories and dreams. Concerning this project, Andrew took inspiration from the joyful setting around him: “I just wanted to paint my happiest place.”

Take a look below to learn more about the artist Andrew Hem and his contribution to the Disney Springs Art Walk at the Walt Disney World Resort:

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!