LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida – A colorful painting by an African American artist from the Orlando area has become the latest artwork added to the art murals at Disney Springs this week as Walt Disney World Resort recognizes Juneteenth and Black Music Month.
Painter, photographer and printmaker Everett Spruill, known for his vibrant works influenced by the civil rights movement, jazz and blues music, unveiled his latest creation illustrating these iconic artistic themes during the Disney Springs Art Walk: A Canvas of Expression.
“Documenting the history of jazz and blues is one of my greatest passions,” Spruill said. “I am inspired by the cultures of the African Diaspora and hope to give the viewer a concise look at the African experience as expressed through my own perspective and visual aesthetic.”
While Spruill’s artwork is the latest work to join the space, his mural joins the work of fellow black artist and former Walt Disney Imagineer Laci Jordan. Designer, illustrator and creative director from Los Angeles, Jordan focuses on color, pop culture, the representation of marginalized people and the intersectionality that exists between these spheres.
Other artists whose murals are part of the Art Walk include Chad Mize, Stacey Aoyama and Eric Tan. In the coming months, additional works of art by artists from various backgrounds will be added to the dedicated space.
The Disney Springs Art Walk is just one of the many ways guests can celebrate Soulfully with experiences that honor and pay homage to Black heritage and culture through music, food, art and more at Walt Disney World Resort throughout the year and especially from June to mark Juneteenth and Black Music Month.
While at Disney Springs, music lovers can switch from art to entertainment by taking advantage of the return of Motown Mondays. They can also check out the Scat Cat’s Club at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter, where guests can enjoy nightly jazz bands in a New Orleans-style lounge on select nights. Additionally, guests will experience new elements in “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure,” a newly refreshed exhibit in The American Adventure at EPCOT, which showcases the rich and dynamic evolution of jazz with a new programmed piano.
Here are some other ways guests can continue to celebrate Soulfully at Walt Disney World Resort:
Art: Disney Parks locations feature artwork by Black Creatives
- At Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, visitors can meet talented African artisans at the Mombasa Market and even take home some of their unique works of art.
Music: Live performances energize select Disney locations with R&B, gospel and more
- At Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, guests can experience Festival of the Lion King, a Broadway-style spectacle filled with pageantry, puppets, and classic songs from Disney’s hit movie The Lion King.
Food: Black culture inspires new culinary creations
- Guests can continue to experience soulful food throughout the Walt Disney World Resort where various soul food dishes, beverages and ingredients will be showcased. Later this month, Cooking With Soul will delve into soulful summer dishes, where guests can explore various African-inspired meat cooking techniques and twists on Southern-inspired comfort food and desserts.
- Local Green Orlando is a black-owned food truck and the first permanent plant-based dining venue in Disney Springs.