A new artwork at Disney Springs pays homage to black music and its impact on the world.
The latest piece to be installed at Disney Springs Art Walk: A Canvas of Expression, is a beautiful musical piece by Everett Spruill. It’s the remnant of a New Orleans jazz club of the past, or for some of us, the Sunday morning church service.
Spruill says his latest piece is an ongoing celebration of his remarkable body of work that pays homage to black music.
“I am inspired by music. That’s what determines what I paint,” he told Travel Noire. “I want to document as many local musicians as international black artists as possible to help document history and culture.”
Partly to preserve the history of jazz music, Spruill has also made it his mission to ensure it is never forgotten.
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“Jazz is in decline,” he says. “I’m an old head trying to bring it back, and art is a way.”
Spruill says it’s important to keep jazz alive because it’s the root of the music we listen to today.
“American genres were built around jazz and blues. Everyone from The [Rolling] Stones to current hip hop artists samples jazz. It’s the root of all our music.
The Walt Disney World team launched the art walk in May 2022 and has already worked with seven artists. Spruill’s mural was featured in June during Black Music Month.
“Our wish with this is that hopefully it will spark conversations among families and friends visiting the property together,” says Darcy Clark, senior marketing strategist for Disney Springs. “We want that, especially for many families with young children.”
She adds, “[parents] may not take the time to take their kids to an art museum, but they do come to Disney Springs. It’s a great way to introduce them to art and what art can be like as a canvas for expression.
Celebrate with soul
Strolling Disney’s Art Walk is just one way for guests to celebrate Soulfully at the resort. Disney presented its moving celebrations in 2021 to celebrate black culture through food, music and art.