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Wilmington arts community aims to promote peace one kiss at a time

Wilmington’s violence issue made national headlines last December when  Newsweek magazine dubbed Delaware’s largest city, “Murder Town USA.”

Since then, the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission was created and the city approved more money for overtime pay and deployment of patrols to the most violence-prone neighborhoods.


Other stakeholders are now getting involved including the city’s arts community.


Maiza Hixon, a former curator for the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, and founder of the Make Out Mob says her and other arts advocates hope to begin creating a new image of Wilmington.


“We want to really take over the message of what this city is rather than having some kind of branding of the “murder town” stereotype on us. With that said, Make Out Mob is an opportunity in a funny, satirical way to combat those negative images.”

The Make Out Mob will take place Wednesday beginning at 6pm at H.B. DuPont Park in Wilmington.

This piece is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.