Creative District Wilmington announced the artists selected for the first phase of public art projects for the 7th Street Arts Bridge (7SAB), a transformative and unifying project in an area in need of renewal that will connect artists, entrepreneurs and residents to downtown Wilmington.
The goal of 7SAB is to transform this strategic corridor by creating structural, visual, event-driven and spiritual connections between people and places. The artists selected are Andre Reyneard Hinton, New Wilmington Art Association's Jen Hintz, Jessica Taylor and Anne Yoncha, Smashed Label's Crae and Corei Washington, and Terrance Vann.
Creative District Wilmington solicited responses to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for the phase-one projects that will be located on 7th Street from Shipley to Madison in Wilmington. Specific criteria for each location was provided in accordance with property owners' wishes as well as the Creative District's goals.
"We are very excited to start the first phase of the 7th Street Arts Bridge with such a diverse and exceptionally talented group of artists," said Laura Semmelroth, Creative District Wilmington's strategist and program director. "This project will not only beautify the neighborhoods but also instill a sense of pride, provide employment for artists in their own field, combat vacancy and blight, and engage people in the beautification of their own communities."