Monolight

is creating community space for creativity in the Hudson Valley

1

patron

$4

per month
Monolight for the past year has been a conglomeration of interests and a bit of community speculation. Upon first arriving to the Hudson Valley, we noticed the disparate creative communities struggling to connect. With each small town ~30 minutes away from the next, we were distanced from a collective whole by minutes, miles, and most often bad weather. We created Monolight to serve as the nexus of creativity in the home. After a year of surveying the landscape, we have decided to officially restructure Monolight with a singular purpose: creating space for community creatives to expand their vision, their practice, and their reach. Our mission is to engender inspiration through community, creation, and catharsis.

We want this space to work for and with our local community, but to be diverse enough to include programming worthy of tourists and those visiting. The primary public benefit is to provide a space where we can come together to interact, exchange ideas, and work on our creative process and ideas. Spaces like these are slowly disappearing from the public arena. Monolight hopes to serve the community as an alternative to bars and cafes. Our product is inspiration, by providing events and classes to engage, interact, and connect.

What We've Created
Still Chill - A twice monthly still life drawing night. Designed by local artists, a still life will be the centerpiece for each of these nights. Locals can come, enjoy refreshments, meet new people, and spend a couple of hours sketching the still life. We have already seen some success with this event, but would like to expand. With more seating and tools, this night provides a safe space to practice.
The Writer’s Table - A monthly literary arts meeting. This event is a night for writer’s to gather around a table, not only to share their work, but to share writing tips, talk about what they are reading, give prompts, and ultimately interact with other writer’s in what is a sometimes lonely profession.
Art Openings - Our gallery space focuses on emerging Hudson Valley artists. We curate shows based on the ideas around home, place, and being. The openings frequently feature local musicians performing and local food vendors. We hope to create a space where people can interact with art without intimidation.
Workshops - We just hosted our first workshop on how to make a zine, which was in conjunction with a zine exchange event Monolight is cosponsoring.

What We Dream
Creative Mornings - Hosting small groups of people to come and discuss their own creative process. This is meant to create a support system and accountability.
Study Hall - Quiet, unstructured afternoons at Monolight where you can come work freely on your next project.
Life Drawing Outings - During the warmer months, we are looking to host group field trips to remote locations to work on life drawing sessions outdoors.
Also - movie screenings, literary readings, like music performances, a community podcast, and other group outings.

Most Importantly becoming a member means access not only to our events, but a consistent stream of inspiration found around the Hudson Valley. We desire to become the hub for creative minds in the Hudson Valley, with a network of support spreading out from our little village of Red Hook, NY.
Tiers
Pencil
$5 or more per month

Our Pencil level provides the necessary support to keep Monolight running as a light space for community creativity. 

You will receive 

  • A monthly email detailing our many events, and a note from the Monolight team on our current inspiration. This email also includes our curated list of where to find inspiration, prompts for your own creativity, and the monthly Monolight playlist to set the vibe right.
  • A personalized thank you message in the mail with a unique drawing and membership card created by yours truly. 
Pen
$10 or more per month

Our Pen level provides a needed contribution for keeping creative community growing in the Hudson Valley. 
You will receive 

  • A monthly email detailing our many events, and a note from the Monolight team on our current inspiration. This email also includes our curated list of where to find inspiration, prompts for your own creativity, and the monthly Monolight playlist to set the vibe right.
  • A personalized thank you message in the mail with a unique drawing and membership card created by yours truly. 
  • A zine library membership card!
  • Attend one paid Monolight event per month for free!
Brush
$25 or more per month

Our Brush level provides an enormous benefit for keeping creative community growing in the Hudson Valley. 


You will receive 

  • A monthly email detailing our many events, and a note from the Monolight team on our current inspiration. This email also includes our curated list of where to find inspiration, prompts for your own creativity, and the monthly Monolight playlist to set the vibe right.
  • A personalized thank you message in the mail with a unique drawing and membership card created by yours truly. 
  • A zine library membership card!
  • Attend two paid Monolight events per month for free!
  • You will automatically become a honorary Small Press Club member, receiving a package of curated zines and artists books.
Canvas
$50 or more per month

Our Canvas level provides an enormous benefit for keeping creative community growing in the Hudson Valley. 


You will receive 

Our Marble Bookend level provides an enormous benefit for keeping creative community growing in the Hudson Valley.  


You will receive 

  • A monthly email detailing our many events, and a note from the Monolight team on our current inspiration. This email also includes our curated list of where to find inspiration, prompts for your own creativity, and the monthly Monolight playlist to set the vibe right.
  • A personalized thank you message in the mail with a unique drawing and membership card created by yours truly. 
  • A zine library membership card!
  • Attend all paid Monolight events per month for free!
  • You will automatically become a honorary Small Press Club member, receiving a package of curated zines and artists books.
  • Lucite Lamp level patrons will receive a monthly a private hour long 1-on-1 creative consulting session either over video or in person if local.
Goals
$4 of $500 per month
With a goal of $500 we plan to convert our back room into a lounge area for members. We are currently planning to add a set of couches, a work table, better lighting, a lending library, and a small kitchenette area to create an inviting space to sit and stay for awhile.
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Monolight for the past year has been a conglomeration of interests and a bit of community speculation. Upon first arriving to the Hudson Valley, we noticed the disparate creative communities struggling to connect. With each small town ~30 minutes away from the next, we were distanced from a collective whole by minutes, miles, and most often bad weather. We created Monolight to serve as the nexus of creativity in the home. After a year of surveying the landscape, we have decided to officially restructure Monolight with a singular purpose: creating space for community creatives to expand their vision, their practice, and their reach. Our mission is to engender inspiration through community, creation, and catharsis.

We want this space to work for and with our local community, but to be diverse enough to include programming worthy of tourists and those visiting. The primary public benefit is to provide a space where we can come together to interact, exchange ideas, and work on our creative process and ideas. Spaces like these are slowly disappearing from the public arena. Monolight hopes to serve the community as an alternative to bars and cafes. Our product is inspiration, by providing events and classes to engage, interact, and connect.

What We've Created
Still Chill - A twice monthly still life drawing night. Designed by local artists, a still life will be the centerpiece for each of these nights. Locals can come, enjoy refreshments, meet new people, and spend a couple of hours sketching the still life. We have already seen some success with this event, but would like to expand. With more seating and tools, this night provides a safe space to practice.
The Writer’s Table - A monthly literary arts meeting. This event is a night for writer’s to gather around a table, not only to share their work, but to share writing tips, talk about what they are reading, give prompts, and ultimately interact with other writer’s in what is a sometimes lonely profession.
Art Openings - Our gallery space focuses on emerging Hudson Valley artists. We curate shows based on the ideas around home, place, and being. The openings frequently feature local musicians performing and local food vendors. We hope to create a space where people can interact with art without intimidation.
Workshops - We just hosted our first workshop on how to make a zine, which was in conjunction with a zine exchange event Monolight is cosponsoring.

What We Dream
Creative Mornings - Hosting small groups of people to come and discuss their own creative process. This is meant to create a support system and accountability.
Study Hall - Quiet, unstructured afternoons at Monolight where you can come work freely on your next project.
Life Drawing Outings - During the warmer months, we are looking to host group field trips to remote locations to work on life drawing sessions outdoors.
Also - movie screenings, literary readings, like music performances, a community podcast, and other group outings.

Most Importantly becoming a member means access not only to our events, but a consistent stream of inspiration found around the Hudson Valley. We desire to become the hub for creative minds in the Hudson Valley, with a network of support spreading out from our little village of Red Hook, NY.

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Tiers
Pencil
$5 or more per month

Our Pencil level provides the necessary support to keep Monolight running as a light space for community creativity. 

You will receive 

  • A monthly email detailing our many events, and a note from the Monolight team on our current inspiration. This email also includes our curated list of where to find inspiration, prompts for your own creativity, and the monthly Monolight playlist to set the vibe right.
  • A personalized thank you message in the mail with a unique drawing and membership card created by yours truly. 
Pen
$10 or more per month

Our Pen level provides a needed contribution for keeping creative community growing in the Hudson Valley. 
You will receive 

  • A monthly email detailing our many events, and a note from the Monolight team on our current inspiration. This email also includes our curated list of where to find inspiration, prompts for your own creativity, and the monthly Monolight playlist to set the vibe right.
  • A personalized thank you message in the mail with a unique drawing and membership card created by yours truly. 
  • A zine library membership card!
  • Attend one paid Monolight event per month for free!
Brush
$25 or more per month

Our Brush level provides an enormous benefit for keeping creative community growing in the Hudson Valley. 


You will receive 

  • A monthly email detailing our many events, and a note from the Monolight team on our current inspiration. This email also includes our curated list of where to find inspiration, prompts for your own creativity, and the monthly Monolight playlist to set the vibe right.
  • A personalized thank you message in the mail with a unique drawing and membership card created by yours truly. 
  • A zine library membership card!
  • Attend two paid Monolight events per month for free!
  • You will automatically become a honorary Small Press Club member, receiving a package of curated zines and artists books.
Canvas
$50 or more per month

Our Canvas level provides an enormous benefit for keeping creative community growing in the Hudson Valley. 


You will receive 

Our Marble Bookend level provides an enormous benefit for keeping creative community growing in the Hudson Valley.  


You will receive 

  • A monthly email detailing our many events, and a note from the Monolight team on our current inspiration. This email also includes our curated list of where to find inspiration, prompts for your own creativity, and the monthly Monolight playlist to set the vibe right.
  • A personalized thank you message in the mail with a unique drawing and membership card created by yours truly. 
  • A zine library membership card!
  • Attend all paid Monolight events per month for free!
  • You will automatically become a honorary Small Press Club member, receiving a package of curated zines and artists books.
  • Lucite Lamp level patrons will receive a monthly a private hour long 1-on-1 creative consulting session either over video or in person if local.