We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Andrea, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Dallas Art Therapy was founded to fill an unmet need in the Dallas area, access to art therapy services for underserved populations. For the past four years, we have provided individual and group art therapy for free or low cost to youth, teens and adults. This year we are expanding by adding wraparound services for families and increased access to art as a social prescription for well being.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been an art therapist for 15 years and in that time I have worked for nonprofits and hospitals as well as in private practice. Long ago, I was even a school teacher! All of my experiences have been important and have provided vital knowledge for founding the nonprofit, Dallas Art Therapy. The first five years for a nonprofit are rough. Our team has worked really hard to overcome the struggle to find where we belong straddled in-between the worlds of art and mental health. We moved our office to Richardson two years ago. We have had a very busy year providing tele-mental healthcare during the heights of Covid and moved back to in person care in 2021. We are experiencing a growing interest in art therapy along with prolonged stress in the community.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would have to take them to visit my cousins at Jimmy’s Food store for a good old fashioned meatball sub and some fig cookies made by Mary. Next we would have to see some art and Dallas has so many places to visit. I would take them mural hunting in Deep Ellum and end in Richardson for a drink at The Wine Authority.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to Sarah Davenport. In 2020, Sarah died unexpectedly for medical reasons. Sarah was a lifelong artist and poet and a passionate advocate for the benefits of art therapy. She had a desire to share her story if it would help others who suffer find relief. Sarah loved Batman and the color red as these gave her a sense of comfort and safety. The SOS group uses the red bat signal as its symbol. The red bat signal is a special way that Batman would call out for support from his closest allies. SOS: Sarah’s Open Studio calls out to those in our community who need support, just as Sarah would have wanted.

Website: https://www.dallasarttherapy.org

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