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Work Begins on ‘Forest of DREAMS’ Mural in Wilmington

Sunday, April 03, 2016

WCE Professor Janna Robertson is leading a community effort to beautify a section of downtown Wilmington this semester. The project involves painting a 240-foot mural at the corner of 10th and Fanning Streets near DREAMS of Wilmington. The ‘Forest of Dreams’ mural will feature exotic flora and creatures, representing more than 60 community groups assisting with the effort. 

Robertson and Matt Carvin, DREAMS' executive director, discussed the project at a city council meeting in February. After the council granted permission for the city’s wall to be painted, work got underway on March 5.

Hundreds of volunteers from nonprofits, churches, schools, businesses and the Northside neighborhood have signed up to assist with the project, including members of DREAMS' teen council and several groups of UNCW students. The volunteers will join Robertson to help paint the mural on Saturday mornings through April.

News Coverage of the Mural Project at DREAMS of Wilmington

The ‘Forest of DREAMS’ mural was featured on the cover of Encore magazine in March: https://issuu.com/encorepub/docs/march23_issuu

Robertson and the ‘Forest of DREAMS’ mural were also featured in several recent news stories:

StarNews March 11 www.starnewsonline.com/article/20160311/NEWS/160319939?Title=Mural-transforms-wall-in-Wilmington-s-Northside-

TWC News March 24 www.twcnews.com/nc/coastal/news/2016/03/24/uncw-professor-and-volunteers-paint-240-foot-long-mural.html

WECT March 24 www.wect.com/story/31562583/dreams-of-wilmington-partners-with-uncw-to-create-mural

Follow Robertson’s Forest of DREAMS Project on their event website at http://forestofdreamsnc.wix.com/homepage or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1165755930131815/.