Art Conspiracy

Swift, CloudKit, CoreData, FileMaker, Firebase, Twilio (SMS), PHP, jQuery

Art Conspiracy is street level philanthropy with equal parts community art event and fundraiser. Each November, 150 artists converge on a warehouse-turned-art studio to create unique works of art on 18″ x 18″ boards. The work is auctioned the following week, in a high energy, one-night event raising tens of thousands of dollars for other non-profit arts organizations serving the City of Dallas.

A signature event like Art Con involves hundreds of people; volunteers, artists, musicians, food trucks, sponsors, etc. Trying to manage all of that with a spreadsheet is nuts, so I developed a FileMaker database (and app) to better handle this mountain of data. Having the right tool has utterly re-invented the way Art Con produces events.

The Volunteer Director uses specialized layouts to process volunteer submissions and build teams, and to communicate with volunteers leading up to the event. A text bot (Twilio, SMS) is available for volunteers to easily log their hours back to FileMaker. Volunteers are checked-in and managed ‘night of’ the event using FileMaker Go.

Artist Call responses are curated in FileMaker as well. Each artist and their event history is readily available to the Art Team. Check-ins (and -outs) are managed with FileMaker Go on the extremely busy ‘Artist Workday’. And artists can update their profile anytime via web form or text bot. All of this drives production of auction labels, projected slides, and seeds the ‘Artist’ and ‘Auction’ areas of the iPhone app.


Get the Art Con app (iOS 9.3+)