It was a beautiful summer night to "Be the Light, Spread Love" in Wilmington's Creative District!
Artsists Crae and Corei Washington of Smashed Label, Hanifa G.N. Shabazz, 4th District Councilperson, Asia Blu, Spoken Word Artist, Dr. Carrie Gray, Managing Director, Wilmington Renaissance Corporation, Hon. Theopalis K. Gregory, Sr., President, Wilmington City Council, and Laura Semmelroth, Creative District Strategist, Wilmington Renaissance Corporation.
Thank you to all the supporters who attended the first 7th Street Arts Bridge Mural Dedication, located at the corner of 7th & Tatnall Streets.
Wilmington Renaissance Corporation (WRC) and Creative District Wilmington announced the dedication of the first 7th Street Arts Bridge mural, “Be the Light, Spread Love” by Smashed Label. The dedication was held on Friday, August 5th at 5:30 p.m. at W. 7th and N. Tatnall Streets in Wilmington’s Creative District. Mayor Dennis Williams, Council President Theo Gregory, Councilwoman Hanifa Shabazz, and spoken word artist, Asia Blu, were amongst the guests who spoke at the event. Following the dedication, an evening of entertainment and a celebration of the arts was held at The iNSPIRE Lot located at 215-219 W. 7th Street between Orange and Tatnall Streets.
“It is a pleasure to honor Smashed Label artists Corei and Crae Washington for their time and dedication to the production of the first 7SAB mural,” said Carrie W. Gray, Managing Director of Wilmington Renaissance Corporation. “Be the Light, Spread Love” has created a sense of connectivity between strangers, in a time when communities need it the most, reinforcing our belief that art builds community.”
The 7th Street Arts Bridge (7SAB) is the first phase of public art projects within Wilmington’s Creative District. 7SAB is a transformative and unifying project in an area in need of renewal that will connect artists, entrepreneurs and residents to downtown Wilmington. 7SAB will transform this strategic corridor by creating structural, visual, event-driven and spiritual connections between people and places.
“Be the Light, Spread Love” is on the exterior wall of a lot located at 216 W. 7th and 612 N. Tatnall Streets in Wilmington and adjacent to The iNSPIRE Lot, Creative District Wilmington’s open space to host creatively inspired events.
“We are honored to have been chosen for this project. We could feel the outpouring of support from the community while we worked on the mural,” said Smashed Label artists Corei and Crae Washington. “We hope it will be inspiring to the children and the city for many years to come. It proves that art can build bridges and smash labels.”
Watch WITN22 Wilmington’s full coverage of the dedication:
The festivities continued across the street at the Inspire Lot!
The iNSPIRE Lot series featured live music by Brooks Long & the Mad Dog No Good, Artist Trading Cards, Yummy Tummy’s fabulous food and fun!
View photos of the dedication and iNSPIRE LOT Series.