Disney Cast Member Adds Newest Art Addition to Disney Springs

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A Disney Cast Member has created an installation for the Disney Springs Art Walk: A Canvas of Expression. Titled “Gullah Magic,” the artwork celebrates Black History Month by showcasing the rich heritage of the Gullah people, descendants of West and Central Africans who still live in the South today. The work in one of a handful of Art Walk installations created by cast members.

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Cast Member Marcella Swett who has Gullah roots, aims to educate visitors about this vibrant culture, which is also part of Florida’s history. The painting features symbols of Gullah traditions, such as a seagrass basket and a grain of rice, and depicts three faces representing the past, present, and future of the Gullah community.


Disney fans might already be familiar with Marcella’s talents. She’s a Senior Production Artisan for Disney Live Entertainment and has previously displayed her chalk art at Disneyland Resort during Black History Month. Her work is part of Disney Parks’ “Celebrate Soulfully” offerings, which highlight Black artists and their stories.

Marcella, a former art teacher, continues to inspire the next generation of artists. She recently shared her painting process with students from Osceola County School for the Arts, offering them a glimpse into the world of professional artistry. This mentorship is part of Disney’s Future Storytellers initiative, which encourages students to explore their creativity and imagine their future careers.

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Marcella joins a select group of Black artists, including Nneka Jones, Nardstar, and Ernest Shaw, who have contributed to the Art Walk. Their artwork invites visitors to “Celebrate Soulfully” at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, showcasing the magic of their personal stories and cultural backgrounds.


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