African-American artist from Orlando joins Disney Springs Art Walk
A colorful painting by an African-American artist from the Orlando area has become the latest artwork added to the art murals at Disney Sources this week like Walt Disney World recognizes Juneteenth and Black Music Month.
What is happening:
- 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.
More ways to celebrate Soulfully:
- The Disney Springs Art Walk is just one of the many ways guests can Celebrate with soul 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 in 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 discover new elements in “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure,” a newly refreshed exhibit at The American Adventure at EPCOwhich highlights the rich and dynamic evolution of jazz with a new programmed piano.
- At Disney Animal Kingdomshoppers can meet talented African artisans at the Mombasa market and even take home some of their unique handicrafts.
- 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 take a look at soulful summer dishes, where guests can explore various African-inspired meat cooking techniques and twists on Southern-inspired comfort food and desserts.
- Finally, you can check out Local Green Orlando, a black-owned food truck and the first permanent plant-based eatery in Disney Springs.