Creative District Wilmington announces the next Inspire Lot event, to be held on Friday, June 3, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the new Creative District venue Inspire Lot, 215-219 W. 7th Street, between Orange and Tatnall streets—a part of the district’s 7th Street Arts Bridge (7SAB). This First Friday event will feature fun, food and fabulous creativity. June’s music will be provided by Gable Music Ventures and features Joy Ike. The Inspire Lot location is an exciting addition to the Art on the Town Art Loop. Admission for this event is free; rain date is June 10.
Also taking place at the June 3 event is: a special dedication of the “Hair” mural, with City Theater Company and artist Terrance Vann; a hands-on art activity by the New Wilmington Art Association; and the unveiling of the Wilmington Green Box (WGB).
The Inspire Lot Series runs June 3, August 5, September 2 and October 7, and is sponsored by ACT Generation, Cityfest, City of Wilmington, Colonial Parking, Creative District Wilmington, Downtown Visions, Gable Music Ventures and Wilmington Renaissance Corporation.
About Joy Ike, Performer
Born to Nigerian immigrants, independent artist Joy Ike has drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones and Fiona Apple with her music, voice and writing. But her percussive piano playing and soaring vocals pay homage to her African upbringing. Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Ike has since played hundreds of shows across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. She has shared the stage with and opened for Jeffrey Gaines, Denison Witmer, Deas Vail, Butterfly Boucher, Serena Ryder, Dwele, Chrisette Michele, Tyrone Wells, Najee, the late Allen Toussaint, and Ken Whiteley & The Levy Sisters, to name a few.
About New Wilmington Art Association (NWAA)
Founded in 2008, the New Wilmington Art Association (NWAA) enables artists to work, develop, and think through its creative interventions staged in vacant properties throughout the City of Wilmington. Our organization was formed on the principles of aggressively working to support the creative interests, endeavors, careers and lifestyles of all artists, as well as directly foster the development of a more diverse cultural landscape in Wilmington. Through a juried process, NWAA artists Jen Hintz, Jessica Taylor and Anne Yoncha were selected to create an interactive musical bench for 7SAB. The bench will feature electronically produced music that in some instances will require the participants to hold hands and work together. The NWAA will also be working with 1313 and Barrel of Makers on the project.
About Wilmington Green Box (WGB)
WGB is an initiative of Wilmington Placemakers Inc., the owners of Artist Ave. Station, and employs Wilmington youth to sell healthy food, smoothies and juice from a mobile cart. WGB will partner with local businesses, such as Myster Lemonade, while providing jobs and entrepreneurial training to employees.
About Creative District Wilmington
Wilmington’s Creative District is a part of a national wave of creative placemaking initiatives that seek to transform urban areas. The Creative District encompasses the area bounded by Fourth, Ninth, Market and Washington streets and, with the active engagement of public and private partners, will continue the momentum of LOMA and Market Street. The Creative District is focused on creative production and consumption. It’s a place where creative entrepreneurs—artists, musicians, designers, tech innovators, makers and manufacturers—and neighborhood residents thrive, and where locally designed goods and original works are made and consumed. This revitalization will engage the community—current and future residents, as well as civic and business leaders—in a wide range of initiatives and programs that include affordable housing, greening and streetscape projects, real estate development, programming and community engagement activities, public art and public performance projects, and centers for creative entrepreneurship.
Creative District Wilmington projects have been generously supported by Bank of America, CityFest, City of Wilmington, Colonial Parking, Connections CSP, Delaware Division of the Arts, Delaware Department of State, Delaware State Housing Authority, Delmarva Power, Downtown Visions, DuPont, FHLB Pittsburgh, Gable Music Ventures, Highmark Delaware, IBEW Local #313, Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware, JPMorgan Chase, Kenny Family Foundation, Longwood Foundation, Lowe’s, MSP Equipment Rentals, National Endowment for the Arts, NCALL, NeighborWorks America, TD Bank Foundation, United Way of Delaware and WSFS Bank.