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Wilmington Free Events: Hooked on Arts Street Fair

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Hooked on Arts Street Fair is back for Lumina Festival of the Arts Summer 2019! This two-day, family-friendly festival is packed with Wilmington free events for families and arts enthusiasts alike. Uniting art vendors, food trucks, and free entertainment, the Hooked on Arts Street Fair will raise awareness about arts-based therapy and support of addiction-related services/community partners throughout the Cape Fear region.  

Hooked on Arts is a collaboration between the Lumina Festival of the Arts and the UNCW College of Health & Human Services. Arts-based therapy offers creative expression (painting, sculpture, performance, music, and writing) to those recovering from addiction. The Hooked on Arts Street Fair is designed to celebrate those outlets through an accessible and fun, family-friendly weekend. 

Some of the highlights of this year's Hooked on Arts Street Fair are the free performances by Mr. Mark on Saturday morning and Mr. Scooter on Sunday morning. Mr. Mark has been entertaining families all across the Carolinas for seven years, providing entertainment that inspires movement and learning. Mr. Mark is a founding member of the Broccoli Brothers Circus, a Seahawk FAM performer, and studied art at UNCW. 

In an interview with Cape Fear Family Magazine, Mr. Mark said that music is “one of the best forms of visual art and therapy. Sometimes there are kids that seem to be having a bad day, and I can see them just connect to the music.”  

Mr. Scooter, a UNCW graduate, is a storyteller, rapper, and children’s librarian. He has released two children’s albums as the international library sensation Melvil Dewey. The original Melvil Dewey (not to be confused with Hip Hop Superstar Melvil Dewey) was the founder of the Dewey Decimal System. 

With the Street Fair’s focus on creativity as a therapeutic outlet, Hooked on Arts will provide opportunities for fair-goers to create art themselves. Last year’s chalking contest brought together master chalk artists, chalk hobbyists, and chalk novices to cover the sidewalks outside Kenan Auditorium with vibrant sea turtles, sunshine, and flamingos. 

Laura Walsh won last year’s competition with her deep dive into the sea. This year’s chalking contest will take place on Saturday, July 13 with the theme of “Inspiration.” The winner of the chalking contest will be awarded a $500 VISA gift card, and participants must register ahead of time.   

Sign up to participate in the chalk competitionvolunteer, or become a vendor for the Hooked on Arts Street Fair here. Follow this link for more Wilmington free events and arts performances, view the Lumina Festival of the Arts schedule online here.  

-Lindsay Lake