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Art Conspiracy Moves to October, Announces Location, Bands

by Anne Bothwell 13 Sep 2010 9:39 AM

Leave the mittens at home. The annual art auction and party happens a few months earlier this year. More details, including the bands and the location.


You may love Art Conspiracy, the annual grassroots art auction and fundraiser. But did you really enjoy standing around a heat lamp in a chilly warehouse in December? Well, hopefully, that is no more.

This year’s event will take place Oct. 23 at the same location as last year, 511 West Commerce St.

150 Dallas artists will create a piece in 24 hours, and then, the party – and auction – starts. The beneficiary this year is Today Marks the Beginning, a non-profit that uses art to teach children about non-violence. Last year the event raised around $20,000 for Resolana.

This year’s bands:



Dem Southernfolkz

It will all be hosted by KXT 91.7’s Paul Slavens. And once again, Art&Seek will be on site, offering all attendees the chance to quickly create a piece for the Art&Seek ConArtist Gallery.

Watch the warehouse fill up and highlights from last year’s party in this video from our friend Cindy Chaffin:

ArtCon 5 Rehash #1 from Cindy Chaffin on Vimeo.

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September 10, 2010 – DALLAS, TX – For the past few years it seems that chilly temperatures were as much of a part of Art Conspiracy as the stellar art, raucous live auctions and music from local bands. This year you can expect the same Art Conspiracy that you know and love, but this time you can leave your knit caps and woolly gloves at home since we’re moving the event from December to October.

Art Conspiracy 6, will be held on October 23rd at 511 West Commerce in Dallas. This year’s Art Conspiracy will be hosted by KXT-FM’s Paul Slavens, will feature live music from Ishi, Seryn and Dem Southernfolkz, dynamic stage design from Edward Ruiz and Courtney Miles and art from 150 area artists.

“Art Conspiracy is a unlike any other event in Dallas. People from all parts of the community pool their talents to transform a warehouse into a temporary art gallery/concert venue,” said Erik Glissmann, Executive Director, Art Conspiracy. “Every year the format of the event is the same, but the music, art and feel of the event are different. We want to create a new experience for attendees every year.”

Money raised at Art Conspiracy event will be donated to Today Marks the Beginning, a non-profit organization that uses art to impact awareness of social issues and teach children about non-violence. Students participating in TMtB’s MasterPEACE: Young Artists Making a Kinder World classes will be contributing some artwork for auction during Art Conspiracy.

”We are honored to be Art Conspiracy’s 2010 beneficiary,” says Karen Blessen, co-founder of Today Marks the Beginning and Program Director of MasterPEACE. “The work that I see Art Con doing in our community leaves me feeling full of optimism. The world would be a better place with more and more Art Conspirators!”
This year, Art Conspiracy is once again partnering with Art&Seek, which brings coverage of North Texas arts and culture to KERA FM, KERA television, KXT 91.7 FM and to the web at And just like last year, the Art&Seek team and volunteers will be on-site at Art Conspiracy, offering all co-conspirators the chance to quickly create a piece for the Art&Seek ConArtist Gallery.

“We believe engaging with creativity brings deep rewards. Art Conspiracy is a logical partner for us because we share the vision that creating art can also strengthen community,” says Art&Seek Director Anne Bothwell. “Artists have only 24 hours to create a piece for the Art Con auction. We invite everyone to stop by the ConArtist gallery to see what they can create in 24 minutes. Or 24 seconds.”

Since 2005, Art Conspiracy has raised over $70,000 for groups including

  • Resolana, a group that provides rehabilitative arts programming for women in the Dallas County Jail
  • Preservation LINK, an organization that teaches audio and visual media to students in South Dallas and Fair Park
  • La Reunion TX, an artist residency in the making in Dallas
  • 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

Art Conspiracy Details:

Date: 7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 23

Location: 511 W. Commerce, Dallas, TX 75208

Participants: 150 Dallas Artists, 3 Bands

Admission: $10, opening bid for art is $20

Benefiting: Today Marks the Beginning