New Date for Market Street Artwork Unveiling Announced

Posted on  02/25/2014 4:05 pm

On Thursday, February 27 at 11:30 a.m., Mayor Dennis P. Williams and Interim Chief Bobby L. Cummings will join with Downtown Visions, the Creative Vision Factory, and the local business community to unveil window art that will cover vacant store fronts in the 400 block of North Market Street.

This art project represents a continuing effort to beautify the Market Street Mall, as part of a crime reduction through environmental design strategy.

The project began in November when Master Corporal Malcolm Stoddard, a 13 year veteran of the department and newly assigned patrolman to the downtown business district, began looking for ways to improve downtown. M/Cpl. Stoddard first enlisted the aid of local schools and Market Street business Jerry’s Artarama to create student painted murals which were installed in a vacant storefront in the 800 block of North Market Street.

Master Corporal Stoddard began a parallel project to improve vacant storefronts recently renovated by Preservation Initiatives in the 400 block of N. Market Street. Downtown Visions graciously provided funding for this project and artists with the Creative Vision Factory created artwork that complimented the coloring schemes of the existing storefront.

Mayor Williams, Interim Chief Cummings, and Master Corporal Stoddard will join with Martin Hageman, Executive Director of Downtown Visions, and Michael Kalmbach, Executive Director of the Creative Vision Factory, as they unveil the new artwork that will positively impact Wilmington’s downtown community.