WRC launched its new series, Creative Chat on July 31 at the Chris White Gallery. WRC’s Creative Chat is an informal, interactive series held six times a year to update our community about the vision plan for a Creative District. Each event starts with a networking opportunity followed by a presentation by an expert in the creative or maker field. Creative Chats are free and open to the public.
The kickoff event, titled WRC’s Creative Chat: A Vision for a Creative District in Wilmington, featured special guest Evan Malone, Ph.D., president of NextFab in Philadelphia. Attendees learned about the vision for a Creative District that will establish a creative community with living and work spaces for artists and entrepreneurs in the City of Wilmington. A fabrication lab is a key component of the Creative District Vision Plan.
Dr. Malone talked about NextFab’s model of a collective workspace and idea incubator that brings industrious creatives together and how the for-profit workshop’s membership base has access to two million dollars’ worth of machinery and top-notch instructors to make everything from laser-cut felt jewelry to medical monitoring devices.
Dr. Malone shared his views on the benefits of fabrication labs, “I believe smaller manufacturers result in creating a wide variety of things. Small businesses and fab labs create more diversity in the U.S.” He explained the positive impacts of fabrication labs affect not only entrepreneurs but also students aspiring to be artists, “The labs can help students expand their skills and also help local businesses in need of more foot traffic.”
“WRC is thrilled to introduce its first Creative Chat – which we hope will be one of many events that bring the vision plan of the creative district to life. We will hold a chat every other month to update the community about our vision plan,” said WRC’s managing director, Carrie Gray.