15 Ways YOU Can Support Local Artists. Online. Right Now.
Updated: Mar 27
Local art goes global in the wake of Covid-19.
These are tough times, and everything is changing. If we aren't able to work from home, we likely aren't able to work at all, unless we work (and risk our health daily) at hospitals, grocery stores, and other life-supporting businesses. This paints a dark picture, BUT, we have a glimmer of hope: the internet. Many creatives in Denver that have found themselves out of work have turned to the internet and modified their businesses to run in a remote landscape. They are creatures of cyberspace, and the artists of the future!
Photo provided by SPECTRA Art Space
15 Denver Creatives, Offering Online Awesomeness
Below is a list of local creatives that have gone remote - offering their business online as a response to quarantine and shelter-in-place measures. If you want to learn a new skill, scroll through! If you want to buy some art to make your walls less white, and keep your mind bright, keep scrolling! Do you want to go to your first online music festival? We've got you covered there too. Support local artists. Support local everything. Act local, and live global, and together we can lift each other back up.
1. SPECTRA ART SPACE
SPECTRA Art Space is an artist-owned art gallery aimed at supporting artists and providing a space that cultivates creativity. This week they are open for business online. Offering a variety of online happenings, they will be hosting art auctions, art sales, and accepting donations that range from $1-infinity and beyond! They also will be providing uplifting and fun art prompts to promote creativity, and hosting fun livestream events for free!
Along with their TimelapsTuesdays and live art auction, they will also have WisdomWednesdays with Grace Noel, new live or pre-recorded art classes being released on Thursdays, Friday evenings will offer livestreams with artists in the studio, and Saturdays they will be hosting TBA livestream “events” such as the Plantopia Livestream!
Phone #: (720) 535-7244
FEMpowered is a music club for young women who have an interest in learning about and making music. They are offering a free Weekly Digital Meetup for youth ages 14 to 20 who identify as women.
In an effort to engage more young women in their out-of-school-time programming, Youth on Record launched FEMpowered in 2016. This young women’s music and community-building group seeks to empower teens ages 14 to 20 who identify as women to shape, create, and embolden their artistic talents by working with their peers and a network of professional artists who are committed to advancing the roles of women in the music and entertainment industry.
3. XADIE JAMES ANTONIO
Xadie is a freelance artist and musician. They make rotoscope and stop animation videos ranging from full length music videos to small promotional videos for social media. They can also offer editing services. Their rates start at $50+ depending on the length of the video.*
*All of their services are sliding scale for LGBTQIA+ folks and those out of work from COVID-19.
Xadie teaches online music lessons for Bass, Double Bass, Cello, Guitar, and Piano/keys.
Their rate is $60 an hour but they are flexible to cost needs. Xadie also offers pro audio recording of the above instruments for your tracks at home.
Cell: (720) 229-4474
4. JOSEPH LAMAR
Joseph Lamar is a Denver artist, musician, and film maker. After a much anticipation, he will be releasing an album and multiple music videos in the coming months. Below is the newly-released trailer for his coming music video.
Phone #: 719-645-2222
5. GLITCHYBB / JULIANNA PHOTOGRAPHY
Glitchybb a.k.a. Juli Williams is a prominent local graphic designer and photo/video artist offering commissions in digital art, album art, video art, photo editing, or video editing.
The cost of each piece will vary depending on the size & complexity of each project, however she can be very flexible with budgets.
6. KAT PHENNA
Kat Phenna is a local visual artist living in Denver. She offers needlepoint embroidery, collages, paintings, and more, online.
Small collages/paintings: $15-40
Select larger works: $60-400
Phone #: 720-541-4409
7. BALANCED BREAKFAST
Balanced Breakfast is an international community within the entertainment industry. At the core, they host meetups around the world for music industry professionals. Their Denver Meetup meets every 4th Saturday of the month, and is now helping out with the BB online music festival, a 4-Day Online Music Showcase featuring artists across the nation.
The online music festival will take place on Sunday, March 29th and April 5th, 12th & 19th at this link. BB's Fest starts with moderators that will select four musicians from their home cities to perform for 30 minutes. Each artist will stream their performance online from their home or studio on their band's Facebook Live.
This is a FREE festival, however, attendees are encouraged to tip the artists directly through each band's Paypal, or Venmo. Attendees can also tip Balanced Breakfast for putting on the event: paypal.me/blncdbrkfst.
8. FREE MUSIC FOR FREE PEOPLE
Free People Records, the record label of independent artist collective, FreeMusicForFreePeople, is putting together a community compilation album to document the music that was created under times of social distancing.
This community compilation will be called TIMESTAMP.
For ARTISTS looking to submit, visit the TIMESTAMP webpage for more information. Submissions are open from March 23, 2020, and submissions close on May 31, 2020!
9. ELYSSA LEWIS
Elyssa Lewis is a bona fide, 100% certified Poetess, offering commissioned poetry at a discounted price:
"Cherish memories of this surreal time forever with the gift of POETRY! For the first time, YOU can get a personalized, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted post-post-modern POEM. Everyone deserves POETRY, America’s favorite pastime! Great gift for friends and family! This pandemic won’t last, so act now on this incredible offer!!!"
Basic Package (one individualized poem on a subject of your choosing)- $15
Audio option + $5
Sexquester Package (two individualized erotic poems)-$69
"ONLY 300 LEFT!! Everything must go!
ACT NOW!! Will not last!!!"
10. 504 MOSAICS
504 Mosaics is local visual artist, Rocky Tornabene, specializing in Mosaic art. Operating out of his online store, he is selling 50% off all in-stock art, and 50% off all commissions.
11. REED FOX
Reed Fox is a musician, artist, and music teacher in Denver. He teaches over 30 students ages 3 and up, teaching over 1,000 lessons a year, and has been teaching for over 7 years, after graduating with a degree in music.
Message him if you (or your kids!) would like to learn an instrument, or music production with Garageband, Logic, or Ableton! His hope is to give something fun and light to do in these unimaginable times.
One free music lesson through Zoom, Skype, or Facetime to help others feel less isolated and more creative.
Photo by Julianna Photography
Denver band Ramakhandra is releasing their first LP this spring, after playing Red Rocks and the Bluebird last year. As many people are experiencing right now, multiple members of Ramakhandra are without work for an indefinite amount of time.
To help ease the strain, they are accepting donations of any size via PayPal. All funds will go directly to their artists, helping the band stay afloat during these uncertain times.
Donate at: www.paypal.me/ramakhandra
You can also purchase any of their released singles on their Bandcamp page: ramakhandra.bandcamp.com/releases
Jamie Nagode, a.k.a. Snarklet, is a local musician and filmmaker in Denver. She offers remote voice lessons, piano lessons, composition lessons, and has started a new business editing videos. She also plays in local band,
Bun Bun, who plans to live stream a concert next week!
Live Stream: FREE!
Voice, Piano, and Composition Lessons: $70/hour*, first lesson is FREE
Video Editing: $50/hour with FREE alterations
*All services are sliding scale for workers affected by COVID-19
Photo by Julianna Photography
14. KIM ROBERTS
Kim Roberts is a local visual artist and certified therapist in the Denver area. She is offering art online on her website, as well as online classes and counseling to keep your mind healthy! Her new course, the Creative Process Catalyst, goes live on 3/27/20.
Kim also offers free meditations via Facebook Live, every day at 7am and 7pm on her Facebook Page.
Online Classes: Beat Anxiety (free) + Creative Process Catalyst for $75, (now 50% with code: CREATIVE50) through May 2020
Online Couseling: Donation / Pay-What-You-Can
Phone #: 719-588-7404
15. WE ARE DENVER
We Are Denver is a podcast, news, and art collective that is helping to define Denver from within. They are starting a live-stream by consolidating a library of over 300 videos submitted by creatives in the community during quarantine and shelter-in-place durations. Submissions are now open! The viewer link goes live April 1st on www.wearedenver.org.
The live stream is free to view!
Donate / Contact Info
To donate to the live stream, please email Ryan Foo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARTISTS! They are asking creatives, artists, teachers, and performers who have something to share with the community to please consider submitting!
Be safe. Be healthy. And stay CREATIVE!
Article written by Snarklet.