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.

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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.

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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

WRC’s June Creative Chat: Dream Streets

WRC held its fifth Creative Chat on Wednesday, June 10, at the Chris White Gallery that featured special guests Margaret Winslow, Associate Curator for Contemporary Art of Delaware Art Museum, Michael Kalmbach, Executive Director of Creative Vision Factory, and accomplished artist Rick Rothrock. Winslow moderated a discussion with Kalmbach and Rothrock about the history that informed the exhibition Dream Streets: Art in Wilmington 1970-1990. Kalmbach and Rothrock described motivations and processes behind past art projects and how they engaged the Delaware community. Specific projects mentioned include Kalmbach’s involvement with the Kalmar Nyckel mural and Rothrock’s creative projects displayed throughout the Brandywine Zoo.

Photo by Brian Wild Photography

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Artist Mixer: The Business of Art

Thursday, July 30th, 5:30pm
Chris White Gallery, 701 N. Shipley Street, Wilmington

Creative District Wilmington teams up with SCORE® and Delaware SCORE as they present a free workshop on how to help artists and arts entrepreneurs choose the right path forward in developing their business. The presentation will provide an overview of SCORE’s services and how they can help individuals make strategic decisions about their business. An artist who has been working with SCORE will also share their experience of this kind of support and how it has impacted their work.

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You’re invited! First Artist Housing for Homeownership in Wilmington’s Creative District Kick-off Event

PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST: This event will now be held indoors at the Friends Meetinghouse, 401 N. West Street, Wilmington.

(WRC) and Creative District housing partner, Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware (ICHDE) will host a kick-off event to announce the renovations of the first artist’s housing development for homeownership entitled, Willing Street Artist Village to be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 3pm on Friends Meetinghouse, 401 N. West Street, Wilmington. Governor Jack Markell, Mayor Dennis P. Williams, Delaware State Housing Authority Director Anas Ben Addi, Rick Gessner ICHDE Chair and Capital One 360 Vice President as well as Glenn Moore WRC Chair and Delmarva Power Vice President will be among the guests speaking at the event.

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WRC’s 2015 Annual Meeting: Placemaking: Why it Matters

WRC’s 9th Annual Meeting, “Placemaking: Why it Matters,” took place on Tuesday, May 5 at World Cafe Live at The Queen. Attendees were updated on the continuing development in Downtown Wilmington as well as provided a presentation on WRC’s core strategic project Wilmington’s Creative District (CD), a vibrant city center, focused on innovative production and consumption, where creative entrepreneurs – artists, musicians, designers and tech innovators – and neighborhood residents thrive and where locally designed goods and original works are made and consumed.

Photo by Alessandra Nicole

Photo by Alessandra Nicole

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