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This is an archived post from our old blog. It's here for the sake of posterity (and to keep the search engines happy). Our new blog can be found at http://blog.fracturedatlas.org.

ATHENA 1.0 is Here

It's been a long almost 18 months since I first announced that Fractured Atlas was building open source ticketing software called ATHENA Tix. Boy have we been busy! Today (admittedly a few months later than originally planned), I am very happy to announce the first official release of the ATHENA software platform. As planned, it's free, it's open source, and it's designed from scratch to meet the needs of the cultural sector. The software source code for ATHENA 1.0 is here.

You may have noticed that I dropped the "Tix" in that last sentence. That's because ticketing is really just one piece of what we've released. ATHENA itself is envisioned as a framework of software components that can manage any or every aspect of a non-profit cultural organization's operations. That vision is still a long way off, but we have managed to kick things off a bit more broadly than originally planned. Specifically, ATHENA is launching with basic support for both ticketing and donor/patron management (sometimes called CRM, for "Customer Relationship Management"). In truth, we probably could have saved ourselves a lot of headaches by doing this stuff sequentially instead of all at once, but very early on in the community design process it became clear that ticketing without integrated patron-management was a non-starter.

Now, before getting to the nitty-gritty, I want to take a moment to thank the generous folks who provided the resources to make this possible (because let me tell you, serious software development ain't cheap!) ATHENA quite simply wouldn't exist without the leadership and support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation.

Interested in learning more? Choose your own adventure.

I'm an independent artist or small arts organization looking for new tools and greater control over my ticketing and donor relationships.

In that case, your best bet is to use Artful.ly, our cloud-based version of ATHENA designed with you in mind. It isn't quite ready to release yet, but should be here in 4-6 weeks or so. In the meantime, visit the Artful.ly home page and sign up to receive updates when we launch.
I'm not sure what I need, but I'd like to learn more.

Check out the project website, join the Google Group, or (if you're prepared to geek out a bit) read the documentation.
I'm a hard-core techie. I've got my laptop, a 48 hour supply of Red Bull, and I'm ready to get my hands dirty. Show me the code.

But of course! The entire ATHENA codebase is online and freely available here. Please let us know what you think. (And heck, contribute a few lines if you're so inspired!)