Stain'd is a non-profit arts organization which creates platforms for an intersectional community of artists to explore subversive topics and present provocative work based on the philosophy that art which challenges held beliefs is art doing its best service in society. Stain’d seeks to offer the world unfamiliar representations of beauty. Through the use of community events, publishing, and workshops all focused around the arts we support the growth of a radically compassionate space to share what might otherwise be kept secret; build connection; explore difficult, nuanced topics without fear; and show the common concept made new.
The founders of Stain'd, Noah and Delia, came together in an alleyway, years back with a shared vision of a literary and arts publication committed to uncovering the washed out wonders of the world. It has grown exponentially since. We've run an online space for visual and literary artists to present their work since 2015. Through the often unheard and the unseen we are exploring unusual representations of beauty and the humanity within. We celebrate the ambiguous spaces, the nuance and complexity, the grey matter. This past fall we came out with our first printed volume of Stain'd Magazine. We offer space for guest artists to facilitate workshops, to be featured at open-mics and through our reading series.
We believe by bringing this type of provocative, bold art into people's consciousness, into their Friday nights, onto their coffee tables and the backs of their toilets, we create a more connected, honest and vibrant world.
Stain'd runs many different community events throughout Denver. Here are some of the opportunities we offer:
Creative Writing Critique Group
The Stain'd creative writing critique group meets every Wednesday evening from 6-8pm, downstairs at Hooked on Colfax in Denver. Come with a piece of writing (1-2 pages) you're prepared to share and are looking get feedback on. This is for creative writers looking to strengthen their practice and find a group that will both support and challenge them. Fiction, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, screenplay etc. are welcome, but no academic, professional or journalistic writing please.
Stain'd strives to foster a thriving literary community here in Denver. We are here to serve as a source of constructive criticism for your writing, and to empower you in your practice.
Please join us, and be not afraid.
Artist Facilitated Workshops
Join us for our monthly workshops led by artists of many different disciplines. From poetry to painting to embroidery, learn from working artists in the community. Workshops are geared toward professionals and beginners alike. Follow us on Facebook for detailed information proceeding each event including the artists' bio, cost, location, and any other pertinent details.
Stain'd and Soul Stories bring you LIMINAL a Storytelling Event. On March 10th we are hosting the first of our storytelling series. Eight storytellers will come together on this evening to share their personal stories about belief. Each story will be accompanied by Victor Chen’s incredible piano playing. Come to be challenged, to question your own beliefs and enjoy our dynamic storytellers.
Tiny Poem Picture Project
$7-15 (Sliding Scale)
The Tiny Poem Picture Project celebrates the relationship between images and ideas. During each workshop participating artists use a polaroid picture and words to tell a story and create contribution to the zine.
Suggested donation: $5
Stain'd is collaborating with Soul Stories to bring you these open mic nights. Join us in the cozy Whittier cafe every third Friday for music, poetry and more.
Sign up @7pm, open mic from 7.30-9.
Suggested donation of $5 to support our featured artist.
There are a couple of ways you can support what we're doing. First off, buying our publication, talking about it with your friends and becoming a part of our artist community!
Beyond that, you can become a donor. You can do this through our PayPal account or through Patreon, which is a membership-based crowdfunding source. As a member through Patreon you contribute a monthly amount to our organization. In return, we give you rewards and goodies and endless appreciation.
And thank you.