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Art Conspiracy Revealed

by Anne Bothwell 3 Nov 2009 11:38 AM

Art Conspiracy turns 5 this year, and Art&Seek is thrilled to be partnering with the group to bring you this year’s event. Today we reveal the location, the bands, the beneficiary and more!


Art Conspiracy is a grassroots fund-raiser, art auction, concert and all-around heck of a party.  The venue and the beneficiary change every year, and today details were announced for ArtCon 5.

Here’s the skinny:

Date: 7 p.m., Dec. 12

Location: A warehouse at 511 West Commerce, Dallas. It will be transformed into a performance space and gallery for the evening.

The Art: 150 artists contribute their work, all created on Dec. 11, just for the event.

The bands:  Telegraph Canyon, The Crash that Took Me, The Boom Boom Box and RTB2

Your host: The fabulous Paul Slavens, of 90.1 at Night, now on KERA radio, soon to be on KXT.

Admission: $10

The beneficiary: Resolana. The group provides rehabilitative arts programming to women in jail in Dallas.

If you are an artist, and want to participate, you need to take action at noon today.

You’ll hear a lot more about Art Con here in the coming weeks, because Art&Seek is partnering with the group on this year’s event. So stay tuned for more.

Press release after the jump

Art Conspiracy is Turning Five

December 12th event is equal parts off-the-grid art show, concert and fundraiser

November 3, 2009 – DALLAS, TX – What started off as a “one time only” fundraiser has become one of the most anticipated annual art events in Dallas.  On Saturday, December 12, starting at 7:00 p.m., Art Conspiracy will mark its fifth year of bringing artists and musicians together to “conspire” for good causes.

This year’s Art Conspiracy will be held at 511 West Commerce in Dallas. Once again the Art Conspiracy crew will transform an empty warehouse into a one-night-only art gallery and performance space. The event will feature music from Telegraph Canyon, The Crash That Took Me, The Boom Boom Box and RTB2, video installations from Edward Ruiz, art from 150 Dallas area artists and emcee, Paul Slavens, host of KERA-FM’s 90.1 at Night.

Art Conspiracy differs from other arts fundraisers because the artists do their work on site the day before the event. On the eve of Art Conspiracy, artists work in shifts to fill 150 18 x 18 plywood canvasses. During the actual event on Saturday, December 12, all pieces will be sold in rapid-fire live auctions. Starting bids for all pieces is $20.

“We’ve worked to make Art Conspiracy unique, it’s an event built on creativity but the end game is doing good,” says Cari Weinberg, Executive Director, Art Conspiracy. “Art Conspiracy is fun, fast-paced and accessible to everyone. Over the last five years thousands of people have given us their time, talent and support. The result is a collaborative night showcasing the best of the creative community in Dallas while raising money.”

This year Art Conspiracy has formed a partnership with KERA’s Art&Seek, an online community at where creative people can come together to find, discuss, create and react to art. “Art Conspiracy shows that powerful – and really fun –  things happen when artists come together as a community,” says Anne Bothwell, director of Art&Seek.  “And our Art&Seek community shares so many of Art Con’s values and goals, it’s a natural fit. We’re excited to partner with Art Conspiracy as it continues to grow.”

In 2009, Art Conspiracy will donate the proceeds of the event to Resolana, an organization that provides rehabilitative arts programming for women in the Dallas County Jail and Dawson State Jail in Dallas.

“In an uncertain economy, being the beneficiary of the Art Conspiracy is  a tremendous gift . . . a real godsend,” says Bette Buschow, Executive Director, Resolana.  “Resolana has recently been assigned its own classroom space in the new addition to Dallas County Jail and over the last six months, our programming has grown from six hours of classes per week to 16-20 hours per week.  The funding from Art Conspiracy will make a HUGE difference in our ability to support and sustain this growth and in our ability to serve the women at Dallas County Jail.”

Since 2005, Art Conspiracy has raised over $50,000 for groups including

  • Preservation LINK, an organization that teaches audio and visual media to students in South Dallas and Fair Park
  • La Reunion TX, an arts residency in the making on a 35 acre urban forest engaged as outdoor studio space and gallery.
  • St. Anthony Community Center, a center that offers visual art, music and dance to more than 800 children in South Dallas.

Art Conspiracy is street level philanthropy. Members of the creative community in North Texas pool their talents to create bi-annual fundraising events that support other nonprofit arts programs. Art Conspiracy events are designed to be affordable and offer everyone a chance to purchase original artwork at a reasonable level. Art Conspiracy is a 501c3 organization with IRS nonprofit status (so your donations are tax deductible!) More information is available at

Media Info:

Art Conspiracy organizers, musicians, and artists are available for interviews. For more

information and/or Art Conspiracy artwork, please contact Cari Weinberg at

[email protected] or call 214-794-3510.

Art Conspiracy Details:

Date: 7:00 p.m., Saturday, December 12

Location: 511 W. Commerce, Dallas, TX 75208

Participants: 150 Dallas Artists, 4 Bands

Admission: $10

Benefiting: Resolana

  • I’m positively giddy!

  • Hooray, can’t wait

  • Jessica Shaw

    Music and art, hard to go wrong with that combination!

  • look forward to it every year…makes the holiday season even better.