Misfit Media partnered with the organization Arts in Bushwick to design and build a custom website for a membership of over 1,000 artists that live in and around the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The organization facilitates the annual three-day Bushwick Open Studios festival in June and runs community programming throughout the year.
Public pages on the site offer a blog and event calendar with ticketing, while a private walled-off membership community exists for local artist members to engage with each other through friendship connections, classified listings, groups, status updates and private messaging.
Profile pages for each artist are both a public calling card and privately, a central way for each participant to interact with each other and the organization, whether to submit work for exhibition or list their events on the community arts calendar.
The local blog Bushwick Daily included Arts in Bushwick on “10 Volunteer Organizations to Get Involved In” and had this to say.
Arts in Bushwick makes connecting with art accessible in a variety of ways. Bushwick Open Studios started in 2006 and since then, its founders have fostered an inclusive artistic community connecting local artists with their community through exhibitions, events, and mixers. You can volunteer to help organize and execute some of these, or submit your work through their aesthetically pleasing (duh) website.
Below are screenshots of what artsinbushwick.org looks like for members starting with the profile page.
Registration page for Bushwick Open Studios.
Classifieds listings for spaces and artists to connect and exhibit art.
Newsfeed for community visibility.
Submissions forms for arts programming.
Public events are turned into ESS feeds, geotagged and displayed on a custom google map.
Location pages list all events in each building and allow visitors to add events to iCal in bulk.
Event pages sell tickets in tiers with fine tuning editing capabilities. Sales can be sold privately to members of the site, or publicly to visitors to the site, or both, and display related events.
Event organizers can easily edit events and export a list of attendees before the event from their administrative accounts. The site acts as a central content creation point for all social media networks, efficiently publishing simultaneously across all feeds at once.