With crisis, comes opportunity for creativity, growth and healing.  

Published on Nov 10, 2015

The Dallas Morning News Charities visited the art program at the Stewpot. Charles Williams is a client of the Stewpot and a natural artist. They spoke to Charles about his life on the street and how the art program has helped him find himself. The Stewpot is one of 23 recipients of the DMN charities.

One of the best known and most beloved Stewpot programs, the Art Program is a community outreach program serving the homeless and at-risk populations of Dallas. It is open to people looking for an environment to express and create through the medium of art.  Classes are held daily on Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning and afternoon, and Thursday morning and afternoon. Exhibitions of work are held throughout the year. For Stewpot Art Program enrollment, come to the Stewpot front desk at 9:30 a.m. on Fridays and ask to meet the Art Program Director.

Help is needed in procuring art supplies, including acrylic paints, stretched canvas, drawing pads, brushes, and jewelry making supplies. Picture frames in the following sizes are needed: 16” X 20” & 18” X 24”.  If you would like to volunteer in the Art Program, email Betty Heckman, Stewpot Art Program Director or call 214.382.5912.

The members of the Stewpot Art Program are usually self-taught artists and paint in various styles. This is a small selection of the work by Stewpot artists. The artist receives 90% of the sale (minus sales tax) and 10% goes to the art program for supplies and field trips for the artists. If you would like to purchase any of the work, please email Betty Heckman. Most of the artists have more work available for view and you can make an appointment to come see our gallery at The Stewpot by contacting the Art Program Director.

Meet the Artists - Artists' Portfolios

Excerpt from Serving Second Chances, a film by Alan Govenar. Courtesy of The Museum of Street Culture at Encore Park.