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Today marks the launch of Create 100, a global celebration of creativity marking 100 years of Disney storytelling. Some of the world’s most renowned visionaries and next-generation talent across fashion, film, music and art have donated artworks, items and experiences inspired by their personal connection to stories and characters across Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and 20th Century, to benefit Make-A-Wish® Foundation. Disney is commemorating the launch with a $1 million donation to Make-A-Wish® to support the granting of life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
Tasia Filippatos, President of Consumer Products, Games and Publishing, said: “Disney’s timeless stories and characters have made an indelible mark on pop culture around the globe, transcending borders, industries and generations. We couldn’t think of a better way to honour 100 years of Disney storytelling than by collaborating with this outstanding collective of visionaries in support of Make-A-Wish®.”
To kick off the campaign, Disney worked with Virgil Abloh Securities to reveal a 6-foot structural sculpture of Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey from Disney’s Fantasia at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London. The life-size piece titled ‘Structural Sorcerer — a Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey Sculpture’ was commissioned by Disney and designed by ALASKA ALASKA.
Shannon Abloh, the late artist’s wife, said: “Paying homage to the everlasting legacy of Virgil Abloh, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey sculpture takes inspiration from his work on the grid furniture series and the Mickey Mouse illustration he created in 2018 in celebration of Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday.”
In line with Create 100’s goal to inspire and champion next-generation talent, the ‘Structural Sorcerer —Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey Sculpture’ will be on display at the RCA over the summer. Virgil Abloh had a close relationship with the RCA, which recently announced a scholarship in his name to support talented and underfunded Black British students. In a continued effort to amplify the next generation of creators, Virgil Abloh Securities also enlisted multidisciplinary artist Favour Jonathan, who created a sculpture of Doctor Facilier from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, to be part of Create 100.
Additional incredible artworks, items and experiences, together with the stories behind them, will be revealed over the summer, all planned to be auctioned to benefit Make-A-Wish®. The Create 100 contributions feature everything from musical elements to comic books to recreations of iconic movie props and more from renowned talent such as global icon Beyoncé, famed French fashion designer Christian Louboutin, Italian Global Creative Director for Swarovski Giovanna Engelbert, Chinese virtuoso pianist Lang Lang, American fashion pioneer Tommy Hilfiger and celebrated Brazilian artist Vik Muniz. Global partners such as Adidas, Pandora and Coach will also be contributing one-of-a-kind pieces to the celebration. To find out more, visit www.disney.co.uk/create100.
Luciano Manzo, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish® International, said: “Wishes are generated by the imagination of our wish children and that creative spark inspires their journey with us. Create 100 showcases the power of creativity to bring hope. This inspirational initiative will help grant life-changing wishes for children around the world who are living with critical illnesses. We are so grateful to Disney and all the artists involved for their support.”
For more than 40 years, Disney and Make-A-Wish® have granted wishes together for more than 150,000 children with critical illnesses worldwide. The life-changing wishes include shopping sprees, studio visits, theme park and resort vacations, cruises, talent meet-and-greets, sports-themed experiences and more. Many Disney cast members are also wish-granting volunteers, parents of wish kids or wish alumni themselves.
Terms & Conditions
Create100 will launch with a USD $1,000,000 donation by Disney to Make-A-Wish® to support the charity’s ongoing efforts to grant life-changing wishes for children living with critical illnesses. The donation will be split accordingly: USD $500,000 will be donated to Make-A-Wish America and USD $500,000 will be donated to Make-A-Wish International. who distribute funds as relevant across it’s Make-A-Wish Affiliates.
Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America is an Arizona nonprofit corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Identification Number (EIN): 86-0481941
Make-A-Wish Foundation® International is an Arizona nonprofit corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Identification Number (EIN): 86-0726985
To find out more about Make-A-Wish International, or your local Make-A-Wish Affiliate, including charity registration details, go to www.worldwish.org
Disney intends that proceeds from items auctioned will be donated to Make-A-Wish® later in 2023. Proceeds will equal 100% of monies generated by the sale of the items, net of third-party costs, transactional charges and taxes.