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Connections established Gallery 801 in 2015 to engage our clients and local community members with the arts in Wilmington’s Creative District.

News Journal article on Art in the Urban Garden, July 10, 2016

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Art is well known as an effective and powerful tool not only for mental health, but behavioral and physical health as well. The process of painting, dancing, singing, or creating art is therapeutic and can decrease stress and help express emotions.

Gallery 801 is located at 801 N. West Street in Wilmington, which is also home to an integrated health clinic and other Connections’ programs and offices.

The location is a reflection of the nature of the gallery and the clients we serve. We believe each artist’s work holds value and deserves to be appreciated regardless of their age, race, socioeconomic status, ability, or background. We also believe that everyone can create art and benefit from the process.

The gallery has been home to many workshops and events such as our Community Art Day, monthly Art Loops, and Art in the Urban Garden. These activities engage community members while showcasing West Center City’s artistic talent.

On the first Community Art Day we invited the neighborhood to work together to create a mini-mural, create masks and give input on the designs of future community projects.

Most of our events feature local vendors and organizations because we believe in the importance of supporting our community and spreading all of the good that can be found in West Center City.

The gallery was also where community meetings and paint days took place for the Veteran’s Freedom Mural which was dedicated in June of 2016.

The mural is located on the exterior of Marcella’s House, a Connections-owned veterans transitional house in the 900 block of N. Washington St. The mural was designed by artist Eric Okdeh and depicts all of the branches of the military and the various hurdles veterans must overcome when returning home.

In the future, we hope to create new community-driven shows and continue some annual events like the Tattoo Art Show in the winter and Community Gardening Days in the spring. We are always looking for new ideas and inspiration from the community.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/gallery801W/, check out Twitter @Gallery801 or contact Jessica Schulte at JShulte@connectionscsp.org.