When the art, t-shirts, tickets, etc. were auctioned, sold, and accounted for, the annual Art Conspiracy charitable event raised $30,000, which will be donated to Today Marks the Beginning, a non-profit that promotes peace through the arts. The organization says it will use the grant to help fund its “MasterPEACE: Young Artists Making A Kinder World” program, which offers social awareness and non-violence programs to children. The gift brings the total dollar amount of money raised by Art Con since it was conceived in 2005 to $110,000. A full release is after the jump. Below, video hightlights from the event.
“All of us in Today Marks the Beginning are ecstatic about the news that we will receive a check for $30,000 from Art Conspiracy! This is the largest single donation that we have received in the history of our organization,” says Karen Blessen, co-founder, Today Marks the Beginning.
Blessen went on to say, “This money will allow us to bring our MasterPEACE programming to hundreds of Dallas children, and we are incredibly grateful for that. Additionally, I am left with an enormous optimism about the combined power of positive creativity and community. Major kudos and hats off to Art Conspiracy, all the contributing artists, and the volunteers!”
Over 120 artists created artwork for the October 23
Since 2005, Art Conspiracy has raised over $110,000 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.