Life In Deep Ellum

Life in Deep Ellum is a cultural center built for the artistic, social, economic, and spiritual benefit of Deep Ellum and urban Dallas.

Life in Deep Ellum is a cultural center built for the artistic, social, economic, and spiritual benefit of Deep Ellum and urban Dallas. Through its four pillars of Art, Music, Commerce, and Community, it strives to promote life and growth in our city through creative initiatives and strategic partnerships. Life in Deep Ellum is about a way of life, cultivating purpose, and guiding people into relationship with God.

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Blood Sweat Art


Archival Map Art affixed with handmade wheat paste by for DECA Deep Ellum History Project

The Deep Ellum Community Association proudly presents the Deep Ellum History Project: Exhibit One 1873 - 1929

Join us for the opening reception at the Deep Ellum Open Studios Saturday September 21st 12 - 7 p.m. at Life in Deep Ellum 2803 Taylor St. Dallas, 75226

The first of series, Exhibit One invites you to experience the history and feels of this vibrant neighborhood from its founding in 1873 as a freedman's town through the dawn of the blues era. Discover how Deep Ellum began and how it got its name. See the neighborhood's original boundaries in detail and learn about the industrial boom that stretched those boundaries with Deep Ellum's landmark buildings still standing today.

To add the icing on the proverbial cake, we are bringing out the Tunnel Vision project in homage to Deep Ellum's beloved Good Latimer tunnel which once marked the gateway to the neighborhood.

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[05/29/19]   The kickoff picnic at Exall Park is canceled this evening due to inclement weather.

Umbrella Gallery

Braced: New Drawings by Joel Murray

Braced is a group of small-scale drawings of young children holding one another in ambiguous embrace. These intimate ink and watercolor line drawings show moments when young children grapple or hug. Each drawing raises questions regarding the nature of the participants’ relationship. Is it combative or loving? The synchronous clasp of bodies stands as a metaphor for the much larger issues of racial tension and divide in the United States. For me, drawing is a form of rumination, or meditation and it’s the method I use to begin to talk about and understand difficult matters of race. It is also an absurd notion that one or multiple drawings can give total shape to this complex topic.

Race is a significant social category for almost all humans. In the United States, our specific history, and the way that we have or have not dealt with it makes it even more complicated. Obviously, the environment that we create as a society has so much influence over the way children begin to perceive and attach meaning to race. I taught pre-school children for 6 years and this experience informed my decision to make this kind of work. These drawings are idealized imaginings of interconnectivity between children of different races, but they also comment on the difficulty of reconciling complex social categories with their own experience. The result is this group of drawings in which human relationships are more-than-strained – they’re knotted.

DaVerse Lounge

The talented artist Samax Amen is our scribe for the last #DaVerseLounge of the season! Come out to Life In Deep Ellum for a night of spoken word, art, and hope.


The Delzells on just before church begins with Life In Deep Ellum. Only Deep Ellum Arts Festival!

Hello everybody! I am looking for someone to help out with facilities (paid hourly) tomorrow (Saturday) from 1:00pm-5:30pm. The harpist from the DSO is doing a concert in Mokah, and we need 100 chairs set up and furniture moved around. Please let me know if you're interested!

Education Education

We're partnering with Commit!, New Horizons and DISD teachers and staff on this one! Come get educated on the state of education in Dallas! Lunch from Maracas to follow. Please RSVP! Did you know that Dallas County has the 2nd highest child asset poverty rate in the US? Did you know

Teach For America DFW

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Raise the Arts

3 days left!! If you would like to contribute to Raise the Arts, please consider doing so now. Thanks everyone! Welcome to the 5th Annual Raise the Arts!! Deep Ellum loves art and music and is excited about giving back this holiday season. Please consider giving to the art and music departments of Martin Lut...

Raise the Arts

The 5th Annual Raise the Arts is here!! We have 11 days to give to these amazing schools in and around Deep Ellum. Please consider giving during the holidays!! Thanks everyone! Welcome to the 5th Annual Raise the Arts!! Deep Ellum loves art and music and is excited about giving back this holiday season. Please consider giving to the art and music departments of Martin Lut...

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Howdy Neighbor!

Howdy Neighbor! Umbrella Gallery is proud to present Scott Bell's latest solo exhibition Howdy Neighbor. Transplanted from the lush tropics of Florida to the suburbia of Dallas, Scott Bell paints in moments, cut and pasted together from shreds of memories and feelings that illustrate his journey. His narrative betw...

Deep Ellum Urban Race

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Deep Ellum Urban Race

We're very excited to be hosting the 3rd annual Deep Ellum Urban Race on Oct 1st! Thanks to our friend Andrew Holzschuh for the awesome video!

Who's ready to explore Deep Ellum? We've got some amazing new clues and challenges planned this year to make sure everyone has a blast. The Urban Race is Oct 1st and coming up quick, so get your team together, lace up those sneakers, and sign up today!

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Kati, Katie, and One-Night-Only Affairs

Kati, Katie, and One-Night-Only Affairs

Kati, Katie, and One-Night-Only Affairs Join us on Saturday from 6-9 pm for a closing reception celebrating our current exhibition Miles Between, featuring painters Kati Ramer and Katie Craig! As artists and native Californians, Katie and Kati are moved to capture the energy of the surroundings that shaped them (Northern + Southern Califo...

MICROGALLERY is Back Sept 24th!

MICROGALLERY is Back Sept 24th! Umbrella Gallery is excited to present MICROGALLERY, our biannual pop-up art show and sale on September 24th from 7-11pm! MICROGALLERY is modeled after the concept made popular in cities like New York and LA, which features local artists showing alongside each other in a salon-style exhibition of sm...

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Shall we dance?

Shall we dance? When: July 26 - Aug 14, 2016. Opening Reception July 30, 6-9pm Rachael Anderson, Minna Jain, Linda Gossett and Abby Bagby are joining forces as highly unique sculptresses to harmonize in a group exhibition revolving around dance. All four artists engage nostalgia and handy-craft aesthetics in their…

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Cardboard Kids, Art Enlightenment and Tiny Works

Cardboard Kids, Art Enlightenment, and Tiny Works Come see Umbrella's newest exhibit, Playground, by paper manipulator Ali Golzad. His acrdboard portraits are gripping and awe-inspiring through his masterful working and overworking of the material, and in his message about the differing cultures that are now connected more than ever through technol...

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ArtSkool and Alternative Painting

Update from Umbrella Gallery


Well, it's grey outside go check out some greyscale art this Saturday!

ANONYMOUS will be featuring 39 local artists, 2 bands, 1 DJ and YOU.
ANONYMOUS’ artists were challenged to create a piece of collectible art using only grayscale values, allowing us to construct an atmosphere of anonymity as, at first glance, each creation and it’s creator will seem anonymous. All works will be up for Art Con-style auction as we kick off our 2016 community-driven philanthropy.

Mark on the Radio

Art Conspiracy always puts on one of my favourite events of the year in Dallas. There will be fun, local art auctions benefiting a deserving local arts charity. There will be local musics from Vodeo, SuperSonic Lips and DJ Son of Stan. And I'll be your humble emcee.

Tomorrow night (indoors) at Life In Deep Ellum!

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ArtSkool is Back in Session!

ArtSkool is Back in Session! Initiated in 2015 by John Logan, Abby Bagby, and Rachael Anderson, ArtSkool was designed to make the art world more accessible to the common person through lectures and discussions about art theory and practice. Back this year,and joined by Liz Trosper, Skool is about to get a lot cooler with the ad...

Papermaking and Fashion Shows

Papermaking and Fashion Shows

Please sign up for 2016 Deep Ellum Arts Festival on VolunteerSpot today!

The 2016 Arts Festival starts tomorrow!!! If you would like to help out, they need help with setup tonight at 7pm and tomorrow morning at 9:30am, both at the corner of Malcolm X and Taylor. If you would like to help out during the festival, you can sign up for a spot here. Thanks everyone!!! This sign up is for 2016 Deep Ellum Arts Festival. Sign up online today and receive automated reminders for your spot!

MICROGALLERY and Metal Lines

Update from Umbrella Gallery University of Dallas Master of Fine Art Candidate Josh Monroe presents a body of cast pulp prints, exploring modes from papermaking, sculpture and printmaking. Join us to explore an interdisciplinary body of work that defies easy categorization and explores themes of space, surface, movement and col…

Umbrella Gallery

Come out THIS SATURDAY to the opening reception for Jennifer Wester's first solo show since returning to Dallas! Doors open at 6pm, artist talk at 7:30.

See you there!

Ice Dancers Who Weld and Other News

Ice Dancers Who Weld and Other News Wester was raised in the Dallas-Ft.Worth Metroplex until 15 years old when she moved to Italy to train as an international figure skating competitor for the United States of America. From 2005-2010, she competed around the world as a member of Team USA in Ice Dance. Following a career as a professio…

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Mokah Gallery Is Changing Its Name! Kyle Steed, Local Muralist Up Next

Mokah Gallery is Changing its Name! Umbrella Launches THIS WEEKEND! Don't worry, we are still dedicated to showing the most innovative and interesting local art around.  We still welcome those who are emerging into the art scene, and celebrate those who have established careers.  We love to turn every opening into a party, and every artist into a celebrity, because…

December 24 at 6:00pm

Christmas Eve service at 6pm.

Online release at 7pm

Found! FireBible Student Edition with purple writing on the inside front cover. Come claim it in the office by the supply closet if it's yours!

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Joel Triska (@joeltriska) posted a photo on Twitter Get the whole picture - and other photos from Joel Triska

Raise the Arts

Raise the Arts is a little over halfway to its goal!! You can give now to support MLK Learning Center and Uplift Luna. Deep Ellum is all about art and music, yet our neighboring schools (Martin Luther King Learning Center and Luna Preparatory) have little to no budget for art and music supplies. So we help them ever…

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