The Museum of Street Culture validates the history and everyday experience of people in public places through diverse forms of art, education, and new ideas activating social change and building community.
Encore Park operates in the heart of a historic area of downtown Dallas flanked by the Farmer’s Market, City Hall, and the Main Street District. Founded as a 501(c)(3) in 2013, the organization works with a diverse coalition of partners to coordinate programming that unites human services, creative arts, and historic preservation in an unprecedented collaborative system focused on restoring community and abundant life. Critical to the mission of the organization are the neighborhood and the environment. More than 40 years ago First Presbyterian Church of Dallas pioneered the area as a home for social services delivery with its establishment of The Stewpot, and its relocation to 1822 Young Street in 1991. Encore Park will build on the success of The Stewpot, working with partners including the Dallas Police Athletics and Activities League, the Dallas Winds, and an expanded relationship with Crossroads Community Services. Other features in development include the restored historic 508 Park building, an outdoor amphitheater, sculpture wall, and community garden. Leading a singular approach to the pursuit of social justice and human service through urban creative arts, The Museum of Street Culture will encompass a groundbreaking array of exhibitions, public art, and interactive visual and performing arts programming that will permeate all aspects of the project.