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Urban Artist Exchange

The former Wilmington Police Department mounted patrol horse stables and the Urban Environmental Center have transformed into the Urban Artists Exchange (UAE) — an arts-based community development center that engages and employs young urban artists by offering hands-on education initiatives.

Arts Education Spaces

Phase 1 of this project was the conversion of the decades-long abandoned Wilmington Police Department horse stables into eight art creation and teaching studios, and a group exhibition/gathering area. Phase 1 was completed in Summer of 2019 with the inaugural Arts Work program commencing days after. Future phases of the UAE are envisioned to include an open-seat amphitheater with an integrated wastewater management system, an outdoor public art exhibition, and environmentally sustainable landscaping.

CityFest will present the inaugural Levitt AMP Wilmington Music Series at The Urban Artist Exchange Amphitheater, a key element in the city’s holistic re-imagining of a long-abandoned area into a thriving arts center.

Located in Wilmington’s East Side, a predominantly African American neighborhood, the music series will invest in the artistic equity of the city, helping to reshape the community’s identity, stimulate civic engagement, and inspire economic growth through the power of free, live music. The Levitt AMP Wilmington Music Series at Urban Artist Exchange [UAE] Amphitheater will bring a dynamic addition to the city of nearly 71,000—presenting stellar live music as part of the area’s cultural renaissance and creating a pulse point where community members gather.


Rendering of Artist Studio

Rendering of Group Studio

Rendering of the Amphitheater

Invest In the Vision: Founders Booklet

Arts Work Apprenticeship Program

Cityfest Arts Work Youth Apprenticeship Program (Ages 14-20)

Arts Work is a Summer youth employment opportunity (paid!) through the Wilmington Youth Career Development Program. This six week program teaches youth ages 14-21 artistic professionalism and technique with studio classes taught by local teaching artists. Our program is located at the Urban Artist Exchange. For more information and to register.

Presented by Cityfest, Inc., a City of Wilmington, Delaware-related nonprofit that strives to improve the quality of life for citizens of Wilmington, promote economic development, and stimulate community vitalization primarily through cultural and arts programming, and other community service initiatives, in partnership with the Christina Cultural Arts Center.