Art Conspiracy

Swift, CloudKit, CoreData, Apple Music SDK, Spotify SDK, Facebook SDK, Estimote SDK (iBeacon), FileMaker Data API, Firebase Cloud Messaging, Twilio API, Slack API

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. Managing that with a spreadsheet is nuts, so I developed a FileMaker database (and Swift app, pictured) to better handle this mountain of data. Having the right tools has re-invented the way Art Con produces events.

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

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 on the extremely busy ‘Artist Workday’, and artists can update their profile anytime via web or text bot. These tools help drive production of auction labels, projected slides, and seed the ‘Artist’ and ‘Auction’ areas of the iPhone app.


Download the Art Con app (iOS 10+)