Art Con Raises $30K For ‘Today Marks the Beginning’

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.


Art Conspiracy Will Give $30,000 to Today Marks the Beginning Art Conspiracy is excited to announce that it will be able to donate $30,000 to our 2010 beneficiary, Today Marks the Beginning. TMtB will use this money to help bolster their MasterPEACE program which uses art to impact awareness of social issues and teach children about non-violence.

“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:

rdevent and dozens and dozens of volunteers did everything from selling t-shirts to building the stage to taking out trash. Art Conspiracy is equal parts community event and fundraiser that supports a new Dallas-area creative beneficiary each year.


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.

About Art Conspiracy


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: For more information contact [email protected]