Community Projects

Foundation 45

Foundation 45 is a group of musicians, artists, and Deep Ellum neighbors looking to support those struggling with mental illness, suicidal thoughts, addiction, depression and anxiety. The group funds the Interlude 45 Support Group, which provides free group counseling supervised by licensed professional counselors in Deep Ellum. They also provide support services for those left struggling with the collateral damage of losing a loved one to suicide.

Foundation 45 was founded in 2011 by the Deep Ellum Community Association (DECA) after the suicides of Frankie Campagna and Adam Carter, members of the Dallas punk band Spector 45.

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Deep Ellum Arts Festival

The Deep Ellum Arts Festival first debuted in 1994 as a one block street party and has since become one of the largest visual and performing Arts Festivals in the region achieving international recognition for presenting the finest in original performing and visual artists. The festival consists of over 100 original bands and singer-songwriters performing on 5 stages, 200-juried visual artists displaying and selling their one of a kind works, spontaneous street performances, and great people watching covering seven city blocks and adjacent spaces in the heart of the Deep Ellum.  Ellum  Arts  Festival  ellum  bark  park

Deep Ellum Bark Park

Deep Ellum’s Bark Park is conveniently located just under Central Expressway and is used by residents of Deep Ellum, Farmers Market, and Downtown Dallas. Full of artwork, dog-friendly amenities, and character, it is a one-of-a-kind community amenity brought to life through the advocacy of neighborhood leaders.

Deep ellum outdoor Market

The Deep Ellum Outdoor Market is a weekly event that promotes local talent and businesses. Featuring products from over forty artists and vendors as well as live music and unique performances by creatives from all over the city, the Outdoor Market infuses energy into the atmosphere each weekend in Deep Ellum.
The Deep Ellum Outdoor Market takes place every Saturday.

If you are interested in being a vendor at the market, fill out the Outdoor Market Vendor Application.   ellum  outdoor  Market  Ellum  Urban  Gardens

Deep Ellum Urban Gardens

Deep Ellum Urban Gardens provides opportunities for locals to grow their own food, increase healthy activity, get to know their neighbors, learn from each other, and create a productive and beautiful common garden. Interested in getting your own garden plot? You can learn more by filling out this brief form.

Deep Ellum Public Safety Program

The Deep Ellum Public Safety Program (DEPS) is a community-driven initiative to enhance and promote public safety in the Deep Ellum Public Improvement District. DEPS takes a multi-pronged approach to supporting the vibrancy and activity in Deep Ellum as this important commercial and growing residential area continues to thrive and attract high levels of vitality. If you are in an emergency situation where you need assistance, call 9-1-1. For more information about the program or to learn how to get involved through contributing to the program, please visit the Deep Ellum Public Safety Program website.  Ellum  Public Safety  Program  Ellum  Street  Light Pole  Banners

Deep Ellum Street Light Pole Banners

As you stroll the streets of Deep Ellum, colorful and graphic streetlight pole banners may grab your eye on Elm Street, Main Street and Exposition Avenue. New streetlight pole banners are installed throughout the year to feature, honor and reflect the creativity and individuality of Deep Ellum through design. Scroll through our Instagram page to view past designs and learn more about the artists behind them.

Blues Alley

The culmination of several years of thought, collaboration and planning, Deep Ellum’s Blues Alley kicked off in 2021! This immersive mural experience highlights the history & influence of Deep Ellum’s musicians through the lens of today’s talented local artists. The brainchild of local artist and curation team, Dan and Cathryn Colcer, Blues Alley is a truly collaborative effort between local artists, property owners, and community members.