Our artwork was commissioned and created by Everett Spruill. Is will be available for sale on line and at the festival along with other merchandise. Everett was born in Birmingham, Ala. 1954 – his exposure to museums and classical music at an early age would prove to have a great influence on his artistic development. Spruill graduated in 1976 from Berea College in Kentucky where he studied Business Management. Spruill is most known for his early collages and works on paper, including his “Old School Jazz and Blues Series,” which features colorful mixed- media collages of the fathers and legends of jazz, America’s unique art form.
For more than 35 years, Spruill has collected and created works of art. Everett is considered one of Central Florida’s biggest influences on African-American Art. He designed and created art for two of Walt Disney World’s Black Heritage Celebrations, seven works for The Amway Art Collection and currently conducts art workshops for central Florida youth through his non-profit arts foundation.
Official Festival Artwork by Everett Spruill
Our Philanthropic Partner
HAPCO’s educational programs help young people in Central Florida further their education through music and the arts. We assist youth, particularly in low-income communities, who are aspiring to a career in the arts as well as those using their talents to fund their higher education. Since 2001, our non-profit foundation has worked to instill in young people a passion for excellence in all facets of their lives.
Youth receive instruction and insights from our strong network of educators and mentors who develop and teach our programs. They include university-level educators, professional musicians and artists, and first and second generation Florida Highwaymen painters. Our program curricula include core theory and technique training, alongside practical information including career options, technical tools and real-world application of skill sets.
Through our Kenneth R. Tolbert Scholarship Fund, HAPCO creates programs and projects to impact young people in our community – opening their eyes to the possibilities the arts offer them as individuals. We also serve our communities’ young-at-heart senior citizens, with special programs that encourage active senior living. We assist both individuals and community programs. Our events are tailored to unite the Central Florida community through music and the arts.