LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A colorful painting by an African-American artist from the Orlando area became the latest artwork to be added to the murals at Disney Springs this week as Walt Disney World Resort recognizes June 16 and Black Music Month.
Painter, photographer and graphic artist Everett Spruill, known for his vibrant works influenced by the civil rights movement, jazz and blues music, unveiled his latest creation depicting these signature artistic themes at Disney Springs Art Walk: A Canvas of Expression.
“Documentizing the history of jazz and blues is one of my greatest passions,” said Spruill. “I am inspired by the cultures of the African Diaspora and hope to provide the viewer with an incisive insight into 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. A Los Angeles-based designer, illustrator, and creative director, Jordan focuses on color, pop culture, the representation of marginalized people, and the intersectionality that exists between these realms.
Other artists whose murals are part of the Art Walk include Chad Mize, Stacey Aoyama and Eric Tan. More artworks by artists from diverse backgrounds will be added to the dedicated space in the coming months.
The Disney Springs Art Walk is just one of the many options guests can take advantage of Celebrate with soul with experiences that honor and celebrate Black heritage and culture through music, food, art and more at Walt Disney World Resort throughout the year, especially in June to celebrate June 16 and Black Music Month.
At Disney Springs, music lovers can switch from arts to entertainment while enjoying the return of Motown Mondays. You can also experience Scat Cat’s Club at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter, where guests can enjoy nightly jazz groups in a New Orleans-style lounge on select nights. Additionally, guests will discover new elements in The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure, a recently updated exhibit in The American Adventure at EPCOT that showcases the rich and dynamic evolution of jazz with a reprogrammed piano.
Some additional ways guests can continue to party soulfully at Walt Disney World Resort include:
Art: Locations within the Disney Parks feature work by Black Creatives
- At Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, guests can meet talented African artisans at the Mombasa Marketplace and even take home some of their unique artworks.
Music: Live performances bring R&B, gospel and more to select Disney locations
- At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, guests can experience the Festival of the Lion King, a Broadway-style show filled with pageantry, puppetry and classic songs from Disney’s hit film The Lion King.
Food: Black culture inspires new culinary creations
- Guests can continue to explore soulful dining throughout Walt Disney World Resort, where a variety of dishes, beverages and ingredients from the Soul’s Kitchen will be on offer. later this month, Cooking with soul will take a look at soulful summer dishes, where guests can explore different African-inspired meat-cooking techniques and variations on southern-inspired home cooking and desserts.
- Local Green Orlando is a black-owned food truck and the first permanent plant-based food location in Disney Springs.