June 6-8: Art festivities

UD works with 'Wilmington Trap Stars: A Street Art Exhibition'


9:11 a.m., May 29, 2014--The University of Delaware has assisted with the initiation and presentation of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts’ landmark exhibition “Wilmington Trap Stars: A Street Art Exhibition,” which is on view through June 15.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a special weekend of festivities will be held Friday through Sunday, June 6-8.

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On Friday, June 6, the DCCA will host a celebration of this community collaboration and will present the artists of specific works in the exhibition, inviting them to discuss their creative process in the galleries starting at 6:15 p.m. 

The evening will continue with a presentation of remarks by local community participants, and performances of dance, hip-hop, poetry, spoken word, and music by community members and local artists. 

From 8-11 p.m., the city of Wilmington will sponsor the re:fresh Art Loop After Party with DJ and dancing. To complement the evening, Fat Rick's pop-up BBQ and Beer Garden will be serving at the DCCA from 5-11 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, at 2 pm, Greg Lloyd will present his play Second Chances: An American Tale. Tickets for the play are $20.

“Wilmington Trap Stars” is a major community arts collaboration between the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, UD's Department of Black American Studies, the Christiana Cultural Arts Center, the Creative Vision Factory, and Barry's Events. 

This exhibition was initiated and curated by Yasser Payne, associate professor of Black American Studies at UD, with Maiza Hixson, Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts; Raye Jones Avery, executive director of the Christina Cultural Arts Center; Michael Kalmbach, executive director of the Creative Vision Factory; and folk art collector Barry Schlecker of Barry's Events. 

The arts-for-social justice exhibition features over 100 artworks that creatively examine structural inequality and its correlation with physical violence in Wilmington. 

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