The spark.

It started on the beach.

In the summer of 2015, these artists came together on the beach and joined forces to forge a creative future... without any intention of doing so. Brought together by our local skim community through Alley Oop Skim and Skim USA; Amanda Pace, Angelica Clemmer, Michael Johnson, Timmy Bada, and Leah Beach were just some artists collaborating and having a great time while doing it.

The inspiration.

Bringing artists together.

When the air grew cold and the tourists left, Amanda Pace, Leah Beach, and Jason Wilson owner of Alley Oop Skim brought together 18 artists on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday in the Starboard parking lot for the Dewey Sip and Shop. In three weeks they pulled together the logistics, some awesome breweries, and an inspired group of artists.The community embraced our artists and we realized there was a need to connect them to our community in an innovative way.

Houston, we have lift off.

Forging a creative future.

Coming together for the sake of art is easy, but the journey getting there is filled with bumps and turns. In the beginning, the DAC was a small group of artists creating art and making opportunities to connect the community with it. Through Pop-up Galleries in breweries and restaurants, as well as partnering with other organizations and businesses to enhance their events, our humble little organization was dedicated to getting our name out there without much of a interest in what the future could hold.

In May of 2017, we incorporated the Dewey Artist Collaboration into a 501c3 non-profit with a vision to build the careers of artists and connect them to our community. That vision grew into our organization model of empowering their careers, enticing them to give back through our art therapy and beautification initiatives as well as our income generating program all while offering them amazing perks to grow their careers sustainably. This realization led us to our transition, that our purpose is not to serve a population, but to serve a community.

We are the Developing Artist Collaboration.

One word. One big change.
This is what we do...

Artist Development

We give our artists resources, career building tools, and an innovative space dedicated to them collaborating and building a creative community.


Partnering our artists & volunteers with schools and at risk groups to create art therapy initiatives as well as murals and beautification projects.


Our events and Dirty Hands program generates income for Artreach, Operations, and Artist Development.

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Artist Development