C. E. Monds is creating Photography
9

patrons

$40
per month
I'm Crystal E. Monds, a southern born creative merging the intrinsic cultural powers of visual arts and healing arts.

I work to blend my education in both fine arts and traditional healing arts to produce work that is culturally aware and uplifting to the many intersecting identities I identify with. As a Black queer woman with Creole roots, I work to consistently make people like me more visible in the art world and in fine art exhibit spaces. Because our everyday experiences are often unseen by those not like us, I want to create the work that speaks to us specifically, that features us, and that comes from a familiar place of experience.

Each person who has supported my work over the last decade, and those who are new to my work are helping to carve more space in the industry for stories like ours. With each new supporter and each new resource, the process of creating these works becomes more accessible and streamlined, so that we may create with abundance. I am grateful for each step forward.

Art is cultural education. Art is healing. Art is activism. Art is storytelling.
These are how we have continued to survive and thrive.
Tiers
Love Jar
$2 or more per month 3 patrons
If you've ever been to my class at that lovely feminist bookstore, or tipped a bartender at one of the Honeycomb Haven art-centered events I've hosted, you know the "Love box" is where you give your donations, your tips, your extra love & appreciation in the form of $.

This $2 tier makes it easier to subscribe if you're on a limited budget, but still want to show appreciation for my work.

  • Access to patron-only content
  • Occasional behind the scenes footage.
Be About it!
$5 or more per month 7 patrons
There are so many people that have shown up at every exhibition (or most), have increased my visibility, who've volunteered at shows in order to experience the work, who's friendship was sparked by seeing my art, vision, performances, and thought patterns. Some of these folks have also been unable to purchase final works (let's face it, most pro photographers can't afford our OWN work for a time).

To these folks, I'm deeply grateful for you seeing me. This $5 tier is also made to be accessible while putting a greater investment into the creation of my work. Because you believe in it.
  • All previous rewards
  • See works in progress
  • Participate in patron-only polls
Starving Artist Fund
$15 or more per month 1 patron
Ok, I'm not starving [this month]. But, that's only because I grow food & have a great community that also keeps me fed.

This one's for the folks who champion art activism, who know that many Black artists were educators & activists before #artivism became a hashtag, who understand that artists create culture and move movement work, and who see that Black women in the arts have significantly less reach and clout simply due to a slew of intersecting issues that limit resources and access to better quality materials for creating.

This $15 tier is almost like paying your monthly Spotify or Tidal subscription, only you're putting the money directly in the hands of an independent artist so she can create more quality work. Go you!

  • All previous rewards
  • Patron-only livestreams + Q&A
Put On A Show!
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
I've been doing one big-deal exhibition per year since about 2007ish. Except that one year I was exploring performance art/dance and that year I had a bad car accident.

The reality is that I intend to grow this trend and continue doing quality shows whether or not grants or funding happen beforehand. I tend to make things work. Sometimes that includes picking up more gigs, sleeping less, building things on my own, maxing credit cards, etc, etc, etc.

However, knowing that some of the cost of creation is being alleviated because there are people committed to the process lifts a huge burden and greatly reduces me falling into a pit of artistic debt and general fatigue.

This $30 tier is for those who have a little more, like to see artists thrive, and love to invest in content and culture creators. 


Think of it as your really cheap daily coffee that gives more over time rather than leaving you with a caffeine crash.

  • All previous rewards
  • See what I'm researching & how it builds into a final product
  • All behind the scenes footage
C.E. Collector
$50 or more per month 0 of 30 patrons
You believe in my voice, my work, my path & I'm grateful.

At this level, you get all the previous rewards plus a single signed archival quality print of each new project moving forward, randomly selected.
Go ahead and get your displays ready! <3
Goals
$40 of $100 per month
At this level I will be able to purchase continuous lighting to expand my video work.
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I'm Crystal E. Monds, a southern born creative merging the intrinsic cultural powers of visual arts and healing arts.

I work to blend my education in both fine arts and traditional healing arts to produce work that is culturally aware and uplifting to the many intersecting identities I identify with. As a Black queer woman with Creole roots, I work to consistently make people like me more visible in the art world and in fine art exhibit spaces. Because our everyday experiences are often unseen by those not like us, I want to create the work that speaks to us specifically, that features us, and that comes from a familiar place of experience.

Each person who has supported my work over the last decade, and those who are new to my work are helping to carve more space in the industry for stories like ours. With each new supporter and each new resource, the process of creating these works becomes more accessible and streamlined, so that we may create with abundance. I am grateful for each step forward.

Art is cultural education. Art is healing. Art is activism. Art is storytelling.
These are how we have continued to survive and thrive.

Recent posts by C. E. Monds

Tiers
Love Jar
$2 or more per month 3 patrons
If you've ever been to my class at that lovely feminist bookstore, or tipped a bartender at one of the Honeycomb Haven art-centered events I've hosted, you know the "Love box" is where you give your donations, your tips, your extra love & appreciation in the form of $.

This $2 tier makes it easier to subscribe if you're on a limited budget, but still want to show appreciation for my work.

  • Access to patron-only content
  • Occasional behind the scenes footage.
Be About it!
$5 or more per month 7 patrons
There are so many people that have shown up at every exhibition (or most), have increased my visibility, who've volunteered at shows in order to experience the work, who's friendship was sparked by seeing my art, vision, performances, and thought patterns. Some of these folks have also been unable to purchase final works (let's face it, most pro photographers can't afford our OWN work for a time).

To these folks, I'm deeply grateful for you seeing me. This $5 tier is also made to be accessible while putting a greater investment into the creation of my work. Because you believe in it.
  • All previous rewards
  • See works in progress
  • Participate in patron-only polls
Starving Artist Fund
$15 or more per month 1 patron
Ok, I'm not starving [this month]. But, that's only because I grow food & have a great community that also keeps me fed.

This one's for the folks who champion art activism, who know that many Black artists were educators & activists before #artivism became a hashtag, who understand that artists create culture and move movement work, and who see that Black women in the arts have significantly less reach and clout simply due to a slew of intersecting issues that limit resources and access to better quality materials for creating.

This $15 tier is almost like paying your monthly Spotify or Tidal subscription, only you're putting the money directly in the hands of an independent artist so she can create more quality work. Go you!

  • All previous rewards
  • Patron-only livestreams + Q&A
Put On A Show!
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
I've been doing one big-deal exhibition per year since about 2007ish. Except that one year I was exploring performance art/dance and that year I had a bad car accident.

The reality is that I intend to grow this trend and continue doing quality shows whether or not grants or funding happen beforehand. I tend to make things work. Sometimes that includes picking up more gigs, sleeping less, building things on my own, maxing credit cards, etc, etc, etc.

However, knowing that some of the cost of creation is being alleviated because there are people committed to the process lifts a huge burden and greatly reduces me falling into a pit of artistic debt and general fatigue.

This $30 tier is for those who have a little more, like to see artists thrive, and love to invest in content and culture creators. 


Think of it as your really cheap daily coffee that gives more over time rather than leaving you with a caffeine crash.

  • All previous rewards
  • See what I'm researching & how it builds into a final product
  • All behind the scenes footage
C.E. Collector
$50 or more per month 0 of 30 patrons
You believe in my voice, my work, my path & I'm grateful.

At this level, you get all the previous rewards plus a single signed archival quality print of each new project moving forward, randomly selected.
Go ahead and get your displays ready! <3