Stain'd Arts is creating visual and literary arts platforms
17

patrons

$131
per month

About Stain'd Arts

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there."

[














Music in Video by Kayla Marque. More music from Kayla here: https://youtu.be/plRvZC4UjyQ
and @Iamkaylamarque]

Stain’d Arts is dedicated to creating platforms for an intersectional community of artists to explore subversive topics in print and in person. Our work springs to life through a number of Stain’d literary/arts publications and cultural events held in Denver. Stain’d Arts brings unseen artists and their creative work into the public eye with the core philosophy that art which challenges unquestioned beliefs is art doing its best service to society. Stain’d operates from the principle that art is a force for liberation, particularly when it elevates historically unheard perspectives, and presents honest and unfamiliar world views. By creating avenues into the arts for emerging artists with limited opportunities, while simultaneously increasing public exposure to original content, Stain’d mobilizes consciousness, tapping into the power of art to enhance lives.

Thank you to those among us who have long supported our work, who recognize the need for subversive arts spaces, who blow the wind in our sails to keep this whole thing going. You are everything to us. Want a little story?

Our Story:

The founders of Stain'd Arts, Noah (sweeeet Noah-love) and myself, Delia (hey there), took a break from our studies (most likely Emily Dickinson and Diane di Prima, respectively) one day in August of 2015 to breathe some air together in an alleyway, and there laid the groundwork for a shared vision of a literary and arts publication committed to uncovering the washed out wonders of the world. We swapped dreams back and forth, met with friends over beers in the second-rate bar on campus, bounced ideas, played with words and finally launched our website in November of that year. It has grown exponentially since then. We've continued to run an online space for visual and literary artists to present their work. This past fall (2017) we came out with our first printed volume of Stain'd Magazine, the Masculinity Issue. It was our baby, through and through and fittingly featured a screaming infant (courtesy of Mike Roderique's art) on the cover.

Stain’d now produces a twice-annual print publication, and curates popular ongoing series of literary/arts events in and around Denver, including:
-A monthly open-mic featuring an upcoming local artist/writer
-A storytelling event in collaboration with Soul Stories
-A summer reading series which elevates the work of emerging artists
-A free weekly creative writing critique group
-Workshops which create affordable access to literary/arts skills for the community
We seek out artists who are engaged in subversive art, whose work has often been excluded from the mainstream, in any manner of ways. We believe by bringing this type of art into people's consciousness, into their Friday nights, onto their coffee tables and the backs of their toilets, we can create a more connected, honest and vibrant world. We believe that art which disrupts habituated lives has the power of joint liberation (you, the artist, me). 

Through the often unheard and the unseen we are exploring unusual representations of beauty and the humanity within. We seek work that examines the ambiguous spaces, the nuanced realms that exist outside of dualism. Artists are the world's story-tellers. We want to see the story which is pocked with scars and smudged with stains. We want to see the bruises of heartache, the blood of blundering. We want the stories that stop everything, the ones that shake us out of our routines and challenge every little thing we thought we knew. And, perhaps most importantly, we PAY OUR ARTISTS for their work. We believe so much in this vision that we've paid out thousands of dollars to artists before ever pocketing a dime. 

Both being artists ourselves, neither of us exactly have a mind for business. In fact, one, if not both of us, are staunch anti-capitalists. This puts us in a tough place given that neither of us is very interested in analyzing business strategies for a living. Because we are such a small company and we both work outside jobs (full time high school teacher, and barista respectively), we've been able to make it work, more or less.  

However- we're growing. Fast. We are taking on a larger role in our community, working harder to create accessible avenues into the arts, and supporting more artists in more significant ways. We have a huge vision and with a highly engaged readership and 80+ contributing artists each year we've got lots of momentum. 

So here's the deal.
I am putting in around 30-40 hours a week on this project and still see so much more I would like to do. It takes a lot to produce all of the work that Stain'd does. Plus, it is super important that we don't get bogged down in the details and can remain visionaries for the project. You're already on Patreon, so I'm going to assume you get it: Our visions cannot simply be converted into a meaningful piece of art or experience with only the addition of time. Creativity requires space and nourishment, time to be gazed at and wondered about. Right now, I'm running myself a bit thin here trying to keep it all afloat. Your financial contribution to our Patreon is HUGE for us, for me, for the artists we support. 

I absolutely love this work. I get lost doing this work. It's an incredible amount of fun for me, very rewarding and purposeful. I get to bring art into the world. I get to engage with difficult topics. I get to highlight the incredible work of emerging artists and find ways to support the making of that subversive art. I feel like the resistance. I feel like the work I'm doing is exactly what the world is asking for. And mostly, I feel incredibly grateful to the community who has supported it, and us, so far. To the artists who have shared the deep recesses of their souls with me via interviews (you sustain me), to those who have reminded me time and again that we have to fight for what we believe in (I'm stronger for it), to those who come out for every event and are thrilled by what we're doing. I want to continue this work for a long time. And I'm very excited to see how it evolves. 

Stain'd needs to become sustainable. I can't dump my paychecks into funding this project too much longer. 

We are, therefore relying on individual donations. 

Patreon allows readers and community members to donate whatever they want per month; the donation is recurring each month. So anything, from $1 a month and up, is hugely helpful.

Want to know that your money will be put to good use?


Our goal is $2,000 a month. That money plus the income from magazine sales (which essentially goes right back into printing at this point) will be enough to keep Stain'd going with all of our current projects in place (and there are so many that have just gotten started!).
Stain'd Budget:
  • Paying our artists. This is one of our highest priorities as an arts organization. We pay a fairly small honorarium to artists for contributions. We also like to pay featured artists at our open mics, at fundraisers and other events we run. This is super important to us. We also have various guest artists facilitate workshops. These are sadly unpaid individuals. They should be given stipends for their important work.
  • Website fees. It's not that much money, but a few hundred dollars a year for domain, square space, email, etc etc.
  • Printing costs. These are not insignificant. Not at all. Every year these amount to around 12,000. Yes, magazine sales cover nearly all of this, but there are lots of little things we'd like to do differently regarding printing. We've had issues with censorship in the past with various print houses, and have had to be selective in where we print our publications. Which means we are having to pay a less-competitive company and the cost to produce each issue is more than we'd hoped it would be. 
  • New projects. We've got so many project ideas. Specifically- there's a photographer with whom we would love to create a book. He is a young man doing very important work highlighting the former refugee experience. Also, a children's book we've been working on. And so many other such projects! 
  • Social media marketing. We don't do a lot of it. But Facebook post "boosts" and sponsored Instagram ads help us cast our call for submissions out to wider waters. Is that the saying? As far as outreach to artists go, these are pretty effective tools.
  • Me. I've gotten to be pretty damn frugal. I quite pride myself on it. But I've learned that it is important to continue to be able to cook meals, buy toilet paper, etc. If I were able to quit my job and say farewell to bleach once and for all, Stain'd could become so much more. Currently, I have a team of very committed family members and friends who take on the things that I absolutely cannot. While they never once complain, free labor simply isn't any fun unless it's your own project. And even then, it grows old. 

Both Noah and I are abundantly grateful for any support you can offer. You would be helping to create art spaces, and enhance the arts not just in Denver but also through support of artists throughout the nation. We are indebted to your vision for a better world. 

– Delia
Tiers
Bee
$1 or more per month 5 patrons
Thank you for being a part of what keeps our world alive. You are special, you are essential. We appreciate you deeply.
The Bud
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
Thank you for being who you are, for giving what you've given, for believing in art, and the world, and its inhabitants. You are the bud in the springtime, the burst of color from the snow, the delicate essence that makes our hearts beat a little faster. Thanks to your contribution we are able to pay our artists a little more. That is huge! It means so much that you support this work. We could not do this without you. 
Babe
$10 or more per month 5 patrons
You are just divine. Truly. Your support is enormous. It's ground breaking. It's earth shattering. Your support allows us to expand programming into neighborhoods and communities historically denied access to the arts. You have given us the capacity to look beyond what we currently do and envision more. This is very significant for us.


At this membership level we will automatically send you a copy of Stain'd each time we go to print (twice a year). 

Mega Babe
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
We are so grateful for you. Awed by you. Gazing up lovingly at you. How'd you get to be so fine? Your passion, your commitment, your values- just stunning.


At this membership level you'll receive a yearly subscription **Plus** We are giving you a ticket to our liminal event each time they come around (twice a year, on average). These storytelling events happen twice a year and tickets usually go for between $10-20! 


And, access to membership-only materials like videos from the open mic, snippets of readers from our reading series and the like. (Don't worry you don't have to seek them out, we'll send them straight to your inbox!)

Community Advisory Board
$20 or more per month 3 of 20 patrons
Wow. You. You seem to really believe in what we're doing. We'd be honored if you'd become a community advisory board member. Our advisory board is essentially the wind in our sails. These are our people. These are the people we go to for advice, we bounce with ideas with, we look to to know how to execute something with our mission in mind. As a Community Advisory Board Member you are a Stain'd ambassador. You are a representative of this growing, vibrant, dynamic community of artists. You also get to serve as a check and balance to our Governing Board. So that's kind of fun. Plus, no legal responsibilities ;)


And! Yearly subscription.

Ticket to our liminal event, each time they happen (twice a year, if all goes according to plan).

Plus, behind the scenes, and membership-only access to photographs of events, video clips of musicians etc. 

Supa-star
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
You are a gift. 


Please enjoy our yearly subscription of Stain'd Magazine in print. 

We'll also reserve tickets for you to our twice annual Liminal storytelling event. We will contact you in advance to see if you'd like to reserve!

Every  month we'll be sending out little poems. These might be originals, might be famous, might be from our community, pieces we want to highlight and bring into your lives! We'll send these to the mailing address on file, so keep it up to date.

Lastly, we'd be honored if you joined our community advisory board. You'll be privy to decision-making meetings and conversations with lots of opportunities to weigh in. You will very much be considered a Stain'd Ambassador, and we are highly appreciative of your support. 


Plus, behind the scenes, and membership-only access to photographs of events, video clips of musicians etc. 


<3. 

Soulshine
$30 or more per month 0 of 40 patrons
Yes, you would be my Soulshine. 


If you are committing this much to us every month I feel we must really have something special here. I can hardly wait to share with you the joys of my job and hear your feedback and vision for our work. 


Yearly subscription, most definitely. 

Because this is such a significant contribution, we'd like to give you two liminal tickets, twice a year.

Poetry subscription service!! Poetry, sent to your door. Every other month, at least.


In addition to having the option of being on our Community Advisory Board we would send you little rewards (such as our hand-made bookmark, or a zine from our Tiny Poem Picture Project workshop) throughout the year. 

We would also send you insider-only content such as videos, photographs and other fun stuff from our events. 

Your name will appear under our list of sponsors in our publication

The Apple of My Eye (Sorry Noah)
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Truly though...This is ridiculous. From the deepest recesses of our hearts, thank you for your support of our work. Thank you for fostering the expansion of the arts, for facilitating the support of subversive, honest and raw work. Thank you for letting us do our work in the world, and in turn providing a platform for other artists to do what they love, too.


For your support:

Your name will be listed on our website and within our publication under sponsors

You'll have the opportunity to be placed on our Community Advisory Board, offering your insight, sharing your vision for the organization and serving as a counsel to us as we make decisions for both the publication and the organization as a whole.

We'd like to send you two copies of our print publication, each time they go to print, in appreciation of your support. And so, we'll be doing just that! 

We'll give you not one but TWO tickets to each of our liminal storytelling events at the Mercury. 

You'll be receiving all the zines and other goodies we produce sporadically (and some regularly) throughout the year (we'll send you a copy of Volume I as well)

We'll send you insider media like videos, pictures and other updates from our events 

And lastly, you'll be receiving hand-written notes with news, musings and appreciation a few times a year. 

Goals
$131 of $200 per month
When we reach $200 a month, publish our first ever poetry anthology! This anthology will be full of hand-selected poets whose work we love and cherish. This is an opportunity for their work to be featured, but it is also an offering to you, our patrons. We've already gotten many submissions for this. It's bound to be lovely. With your help, we will be able to publish this annually.
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About Stain'd Arts

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there."

[














Music in Video by Kayla Marque. More music from Kayla here: https://youtu.be/plRvZC4UjyQ
and @Iamkaylamarque]

Stain’d Arts is dedicated to creating platforms for an intersectional community of artists to explore subversive topics in print and in person. Our work springs to life through a number of Stain’d literary/arts publications and cultural events held in Denver. Stain’d Arts brings unseen artists and their creative work into the public eye with the core philosophy that art which challenges unquestioned beliefs is art doing its best service to society. Stain’d operates from the principle that art is a force for liberation, particularly when it elevates historically unheard perspectives, and presents honest and unfamiliar world views. By creating avenues into the arts for emerging artists with limited opportunities, while simultaneously increasing public exposure to original content, Stain’d mobilizes consciousness, tapping into the power of art to enhance lives.

Thank you to those among us who have long supported our work, who recognize the need for subversive arts spaces, who blow the wind in our sails to keep this whole thing going. You are everything to us. Want a little story?

Our Story:

The founders of Stain'd Arts, Noah (sweeeet Noah-love) and myself, Delia (hey there), took a break from our studies (most likely Emily Dickinson and Diane di Prima, respectively) one day in August of 2015 to breathe some air together in an alleyway, and there laid the groundwork for a shared vision of a literary and arts publication committed to uncovering the washed out wonders of the world. We swapped dreams back and forth, met with friends over beers in the second-rate bar on campus, bounced ideas, played with words and finally launched our website in November of that year. It has grown exponentially since then. We've continued to run an online space for visual and literary artists to present their work. This past fall (2017) we came out with our first printed volume of Stain'd Magazine, the Masculinity Issue. It was our baby, through and through and fittingly featured a screaming infant (courtesy of Mike Roderique's art) on the cover.

Stain’d now produces a twice-annual print publication, and curates popular ongoing series of literary/arts events in and around Denver, including:
-A monthly open-mic featuring an upcoming local artist/writer
-A storytelling event in collaboration with Soul Stories
-A summer reading series which elevates the work of emerging artists
-A free weekly creative writing critique group
-Workshops which create affordable access to literary/arts skills for the community
We seek out artists who are engaged in subversive art, whose work has often been excluded from the mainstream, in any manner of ways. We believe by bringing this type of art into people's consciousness, into their Friday nights, onto their coffee tables and the backs of their toilets, we can create a more connected, honest and vibrant world. We believe that art which disrupts habituated lives has the power of joint liberation (you, the artist, me). 

Through the often unheard and the unseen we are exploring unusual representations of beauty and the humanity within. We seek work that examines the ambiguous spaces, the nuanced realms that exist outside of dualism. Artists are the world's story-tellers. We want to see the story which is pocked with scars and smudged with stains. We want to see the bruises of heartache, the blood of blundering. We want the stories that stop everything, the ones that shake us out of our routines and challenge every little thing we thought we knew. And, perhaps most importantly, we PAY OUR ARTISTS for their work. We believe so much in this vision that we've paid out thousands of dollars to artists before ever pocketing a dime. 

Both being artists ourselves, neither of us exactly have a mind for business. In fact, one, if not both of us, are staunch anti-capitalists. This puts us in a tough place given that neither of us is very interested in analyzing business strategies for a living. Because we are such a small company and we both work outside jobs (full time high school teacher, and barista respectively), we've been able to make it work, more or less.  

However- we're growing. Fast. We are taking on a larger role in our community, working harder to create accessible avenues into the arts, and supporting more artists in more significant ways. We have a huge vision and with a highly engaged readership and 80+ contributing artists each year we've got lots of momentum. 

So here's the deal.
I am putting in around 30-40 hours a week on this project and still see so much more I would like to do. It takes a lot to produce all of the work that Stain'd does. Plus, it is super important that we don't get bogged down in the details and can remain visionaries for the project. You're already on Patreon, so I'm going to assume you get it: Our visions cannot simply be converted into a meaningful piece of art or experience with only the addition of time. Creativity requires space and nourishment, time to be gazed at and wondered about. Right now, I'm running myself a bit thin here trying to keep it all afloat. Your financial contribution to our Patreon is HUGE for us, for me, for the artists we support. 

I absolutely love this work. I get lost doing this work. It's an incredible amount of fun for me, very rewarding and purposeful. I get to bring art into the world. I get to engage with difficult topics. I get to highlight the incredible work of emerging artists and find ways to support the making of that subversive art. I feel like the resistance. I feel like the work I'm doing is exactly what the world is asking for. And mostly, I feel incredibly grateful to the community who has supported it, and us, so far. To the artists who have shared the deep recesses of their souls with me via interviews (you sustain me), to those who have reminded me time and again that we have to fight for what we believe in (I'm stronger for it), to those who come out for every event and are thrilled by what we're doing. I want to continue this work for a long time. And I'm very excited to see how it evolves. 

Stain'd needs to become sustainable. I can't dump my paychecks into funding this project too much longer. 

We are, therefore relying on individual donations. 

Patreon allows readers and community members to donate whatever they want per month; the donation is recurring each month. So anything, from $1 a month and up, is hugely helpful.

Want to know that your money will be put to good use?


Our goal is $2,000 a month. That money plus the income from magazine sales (which essentially goes right back into printing at this point) will be enough to keep Stain'd going with all of our current projects in place (and there are so many that have just gotten started!).
Stain'd Budget:
  • Paying our artists. This is one of our highest priorities as an arts organization. We pay a fairly small honorarium to artists for contributions. We also like to pay featured artists at our open mics, at fundraisers and other events we run. This is super important to us. We also have various guest artists facilitate workshops. These are sadly unpaid individuals. They should be given stipends for their important work.
  • Website fees. It's not that much money, but a few hundred dollars a year for domain, square space, email, etc etc.
  • Printing costs. These are not insignificant. Not at all. Every year these amount to around 12,000. Yes, magazine sales cover nearly all of this, but there are lots of little things we'd like to do differently regarding printing. We've had issues with censorship in the past with various print houses, and have had to be selective in where we print our publications. Which means we are having to pay a less-competitive company and the cost to produce each issue is more than we'd hoped it would be. 
  • New projects. We've got so many project ideas. Specifically- there's a photographer with whom we would love to create a book. He is a young man doing very important work highlighting the former refugee experience. Also, a children's book we've been working on. And so many other such projects! 
  • Social media marketing. We don't do a lot of it. But Facebook post "boosts" and sponsored Instagram ads help us cast our call for submissions out to wider waters. Is that the saying? As far as outreach to artists go, these are pretty effective tools.
  • Me. I've gotten to be pretty damn frugal. I quite pride myself on it. But I've learned that it is important to continue to be able to cook meals, buy toilet paper, etc. If I were able to quit my job and say farewell to bleach once and for all, Stain'd could become so much more. Currently, I have a team of very committed family members and friends who take on the things that I absolutely cannot. While they never once complain, free labor simply isn't any fun unless it's your own project. And even then, it grows old. 

Both Noah and I are abundantly grateful for any support you can offer. You would be helping to create art spaces, and enhance the arts not just in Denver but also through support of artists throughout the nation. We are indebted to your vision for a better world. 

– Delia

Recent posts by Stain'd Arts

Tiers
Bee
$1 or more per month 5 patrons
Thank you for being a part of what keeps our world alive. You are special, you are essential. We appreciate you deeply.
The Bud
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
Thank you for being who you are, for giving what you've given, for believing in art, and the world, and its inhabitants. You are the bud in the springtime, the burst of color from the snow, the delicate essence that makes our hearts beat a little faster. Thanks to your contribution we are able to pay our artists a little more. That is huge! It means so much that you support this work. We could not do this without you. 
Babe
$10 or more per month 5 patrons
You are just divine. Truly. Your support is enormous. It's ground breaking. It's earth shattering. Your support allows us to expand programming into neighborhoods and communities historically denied access to the arts. You have given us the capacity to look beyond what we currently do and envision more. This is very significant for us.


At this membership level we will automatically send you a copy of Stain'd each time we go to print (twice a year). 

Mega Babe
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
We are so grateful for you. Awed by you. Gazing up lovingly at you. How'd you get to be so fine? Your passion, your commitment, your values- just stunning.


At this membership level you'll receive a yearly subscription **Plus** We are giving you a ticket to our liminal event each time they come around (twice a year, on average). These storytelling events happen twice a year and tickets usually go for between $10-20! 


And, access to membership-only materials like videos from the open mic, snippets of readers from our reading series and the like. (Don't worry you don't have to seek them out, we'll send them straight to your inbox!)

Community Advisory Board
$20 or more per month 3 of 20 patrons
Wow. You. You seem to really believe in what we're doing. We'd be honored if you'd become a community advisory board member. Our advisory board is essentially the wind in our sails. These are our people. These are the people we go to for advice, we bounce with ideas with, we look to to know how to execute something with our mission in mind. As a Community Advisory Board Member you are a Stain'd ambassador. You are a representative of this growing, vibrant, dynamic community of artists. You also get to serve as a check and balance to our Governing Board. So that's kind of fun. Plus, no legal responsibilities ;)


And! Yearly subscription.

Ticket to our liminal event, each time they happen (twice a year, if all goes according to plan).

Plus, behind the scenes, and membership-only access to photographs of events, video clips of musicians etc. 

Supa-star
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
You are a gift. 


Please enjoy our yearly subscription of Stain'd Magazine in print. 

We'll also reserve tickets for you to our twice annual Liminal storytelling event. We will contact you in advance to see if you'd like to reserve!

Every  month we'll be sending out little poems. These might be originals, might be famous, might be from our community, pieces we want to highlight and bring into your lives! We'll send these to the mailing address on file, so keep it up to date.

Lastly, we'd be honored if you joined our community advisory board. You'll be privy to decision-making meetings and conversations with lots of opportunities to weigh in. You will very much be considered a Stain'd Ambassador, and we are highly appreciative of your support. 


Plus, behind the scenes, and membership-only access to photographs of events, video clips of musicians etc. 


<3. 

Soulshine
$30 or more per month 0 of 40 patrons
Yes, you would be my Soulshine. 


If you are committing this much to us every month I feel we must really have something special here. I can hardly wait to share with you the joys of my job and hear your feedback and vision for our work. 


Yearly subscription, most definitely. 

Because this is such a significant contribution, we'd like to give you two liminal tickets, twice a year.

Poetry subscription service!! Poetry, sent to your door. Every other month, at least.


In addition to having the option of being on our Community Advisory Board we would send you little rewards (such as our hand-made bookmark, or a zine from our Tiny Poem Picture Project workshop) throughout the year. 

We would also send you insider-only content such as videos, photographs and other fun stuff from our events. 

Your name will appear under our list of sponsors in our publication

The Apple of My Eye (Sorry Noah)
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Truly though...This is ridiculous. From the deepest recesses of our hearts, thank you for your support of our work. Thank you for fostering the expansion of the arts, for facilitating the support of subversive, honest and raw work. Thank you for letting us do our work in the world, and in turn providing a platform for other artists to do what they love, too.


For your support:

Your name will be listed on our website and within our publication under sponsors

You'll have the opportunity to be placed on our Community Advisory Board, offering your insight, sharing your vision for the organization and serving as a counsel to us as we make decisions for both the publication and the organization as a whole.

We'd like to send you two copies of our print publication, each time they go to print, in appreciation of your support. And so, we'll be doing just that! 

We'll give you not one but TWO tickets to each of our liminal storytelling events at the Mercury. 

You'll be receiving all the zines and other goodies we produce sporadically (and some regularly) throughout the year (we'll send you a copy of Volume I as well)

We'll send you insider media like videos, pictures and other updates from our events 

And lastly, you'll be receiving hand-written notes with news, musings and appreciation a few times a year.