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Oak Court Celebrates Black History Month

Oak Court Mall Works with Local Artist to Create Vibrant Interior Art Mural

This extension of The Canvas Project will create a lasting, unique piece of art for years to come


MEMPHIS, TN (Feb. 22, 2021)–Oak Court Mall is working with local artists to add color, texture and vibrancy throughout the property for the community to enjoy as part of The Canvas Project. Oak Court Mall has selected Desiree for this specific installation as the town center pays homage to Black History Month. Desiree Nelson, is a local artist from the Memphis area. Her specialty is realism with a twist. Desiree loves to focus on African American art and often incorporates a personal touch of bold and dramatic colors to give her paintings an extra touch. She brings a wide range of talent at only 21 years of age.


Through the Canvas Project, local artists have a space to showcase their art within prominent areas of Washington Prime Group town centers across the country. While celebrating and supporting local artists is at the heart of The Canvas Project, it also provides an opportunity for the community to connect and grow together through art, emotion and imagination.


“We are thrilled to continue enhancing Oak Court Mall through the creativity of local artists,” said Carmen King, General Manager at Oak Court Mall. “What better way to express and display the talent in our very own city. The Canvas Project continues to support our local arts culture, while providing an opportunity for our community to connect.


Oak Court Mall wanted this artwork to be highly visible to the community and guests. Because of that, the mural will be located near the Grove entrance, next to Bath &Body Works. Oak Court Mall has worked closely with Desiree to create a plan for the mural that will inspire the community. The concept comes with perfect timing as it is Black History Month.


Oak Court Mall remains focused on providing a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. In the continued need to address COVID-19, the town center has proactively implemented additions to the Code of Conduct, effective until further notice.


These additions include the following guidelines:

•             Practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people

•             Covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover in accordance with state and local guidelines

•             Do not gather in groups

•             Adhere to each individual tenant’s COVID-19 policies

•             Adhere to all federal, state and local regulations, recommendations and mandates regarding COVID-19


The Code of Conduct is posted at the Center and available here.


Oak Court Mall’s already rigorous disinfectant and cleaning practices will also continue many times per day, including periodically disinfecting areas most susceptible to the spread of germs. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers are located in highly trafficked areas and walkways for public use.


To learn more about The Canvas Project and monitor updates about this project, follow Oak Court Mall on social media.


About Oak Court Mall

Oak Court Mall is Memphis’ premier shopping destination. The town center is home to more than 92 national and local retail, dining and entertainment options, as well as numerous events and activities throughout the year. A dynamic offering of things to do along with things to buy keeps guests engaged and returning often. For more information, please call (901) 682-0642 or visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @OakCourtMall and Instagram @OakCourtMall.