WRC’s 10th Annual Meeting Generates Great Buzz

The house was packed for WRC’s 10th Annual Meeting, “Wilmington’s Future is in the Making.” The event took place on Tuesday, May 10, at World Cafe Live at The Queen. Governor Jack Markell announced the exciting news that Wilmington Renaissance Corporation was awarded a $75,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant for the Creative District’s Vacant to Vibrant project.


WRC Managing Director Dr. Carrie W. Gray presented an update on current and future Creative District initiatives. Already under way are Artist Housing Phase I: Willing Street Artist Village; NextFab, the Veterans Freedom Mural & Public Art Prep Program; the 7th Street Arts Bridge: Inspire Lot events and four public art projects. Coming up are Artist Housing Phase II and 7th Street Arts Bridge Phase II, including The Art-O-Mat, Vacant to Vibrant and a kitchen incubator.

Dr. Evan Malone, President/CEO of NextFab, spoke about opening the City’s first makerspace, noting that NextFab is a great fit for Wilmington. Learn more about NextFab.

Keynote speaker Tanya Menendez, co-founder and CMO of Maker’s Row, engaged the audience with the success story of Maker’s Row – a platform for entrepreneurs to be able to easily access American manufacturers.


The mic was open for guests to ask questions and learn how Wilmington could benefit from a collaborative platform such as Maker’s Row. Visit Maker’s Row to learn more.

A BIG thank-you to Governor Jack Markell, The Mayor’s Chief of Staff; Gary Fullman, City of Wilmington; NextFab’s, Evan Malone; and keynote speaker Tanya Menendez from Maker’s Row for their exciting presentations at this year’s Annual Meeting. Another BIG thank-you to our WRC Board of Directors, sponsors and attendees – we greatly appreciate the time and energy that each of you put into our great City!

THANK YOU to our sponsors:

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Visit WRC’s Flickr page to see additional 2016 Annual Meeting photos.

Photos by Alessandra Nicole

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