WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Dreams of Wilmington, a non-profit organization, located at 10th and Fanning streets, partnered with UNCW to create a mural that brightened up a large gray wall near its non-profits building.
According to the City of Wilmington, the Dreams Center helps at-risk children through the arts.
Artists of every skill level were invited to paint the mural on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon beginning in March. Volunteers completed the project last week and the mural now boasts around 60 fantasy creatures depicted in a forest of dreams.
Janna Robertson, a professor of education at UNCW, was asked to paint the mural after a grant to decorate it fell through.
Robertson was able to recruit nearly 50 sponsors for the project, each of which funded the project by paying $50 to put a creature in the forest-themed mural. More than 500 volunteers in total worked on the project.
"It has been a fabulous experience because the community is paying for it. When a group comes, they pay $50 for the honor of putting a creature in our forest of dreams," Robertson said.
So far the project has brought together businesses, neighbors, and community members from all over the area.
Executive Director of Dreams of Wilmington Matt Carvin said this is the result of a collaboration not only with UNCW, but with all sectors of Wilmington.
"We've had so many people involved, really it's proven that when you put beautiful things into a community, you can get beautiful things out of a community," Carvin said.