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The Mission:

Stain’d Arts is a multidisciplinary 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which publishes work, and hosts cultural events. Our annual programming includes: a print publication, an online journal, publishing independent artists, publishing collections of poetry and short stories, hosting community events on a weekly and monthly basis, running a reading series, and hosting multiple performance-based events.

We create avenues for emerging and subversive artists outside of the dominant narrative to engage audiences in dialogue through story, art and nuance. Stain'd Arts is striving to curate art and experiences which defamiliarize. Defamiliarization is an artistic technique which enhances an audience's perception of the familiar by subverting held beliefs. We believe this exchange creates the potential for a radically compassionate space to emerge between artist and audience.

Our work is based on the philosophy that art which disrupts unexamined beliefs is art doing its best work in society. This approach of seeking the unfamiliar asks of us as arts curators to strive to elevate voices and artists whose work is not typically seen in the mainstream consumption of art and culture.

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.

We’re so glad you’re here! Seriously.

There are many ways to get involved with our work. From becoming a Patron, to partnering with us, from submitting to any of our four recurring publications, to being a paid feature at one of our 20 annual events, there are plenty of opportunities for further engagement.


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Support Our Work

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There are a couple of ways you can support what we're doing. First off, read our publications, come to our events and become a part of our community. We love to hear from you all, it helps bolster our mission and ground us in our work. If you’re in Denver, there are tons of volunteer opportunities as well. Drop a line.

You can also become a patron of Stain’d Arts. Patreon 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. that, you can become a donor. You can also make a one-time donation through PayPal or Venmo.

We are currently seeking sponsors for both our printed content and our cultural events. If you are a part of an organization or a company, you can sponsor our work! Check out our pricing. We look forward to working with you.

And thank you.