I'm going to post some of our FAQ's here for anyone who is interested in or has been asked to join the Cislunar project, in hopes to help further explain the project, it's goals, and what it's all about.
General Site InfoWhat is Cislunar?
Cislunar is a non-profit website that is paid for, maintained and managed by one sole founder, Anna (that's me!). I founded the project and launched the site on 08.08.18 as a way to help promote the art community - whether you're a writer, an artist, a photographer, a filmographer, a musician, etc. Arts are a vital part of our culture and environment, and since I'm not all-too-talented when it comes to art, this seemed the most viable way for me to help give back to the community, which I believe is so very important. You spend your life cultivating a talent and sharing your work, and the least I can do is help you along the way!What's the point of Cislunar?
The idea is to continue promoting independent creators & as the site expands with content, we increase the audience for all of the projects that are included! My dream is for Cislunar to become a place for everyone. So no matter who comes to the site, they will find a piece whether it's a painting, photo, piece of literature, ANYTHING that resonates with them. That, and I really enjoy networking with individuals from around the globe.How are the projects picked for the site?
I do most of my scoping for projects between Deviant Art, Instagram, Twitter (on occasion), Wattpad, Writer's Cafe and 500px. If I find an innovator who creates something that I find special, I will reach out to them and ask if they'd be interested in joining the cooperative. However, I am always open to submissions, and we do periodically have 'themed galleries' that showcase many additional artists who do not have full galleries on Cislunar. This is one of the ways that we can expand our reach!Do you post anyone's work who submits it to you?
Not always (but do not let that discourage you!
) - sometimes we receive submissions that are not appropriate for the site, have issues with demanding innovators who ask for more than we are able to provide, and sometimes the art is just not quite what we are looking for. HOWEVER: all submissions will be viewed by myself, and I will be sure to contact you back regarding your work, always.
For New ContributorsIf I get asked to have a gallery on the website, what does that entail?
It's a pretty simple set-up for galleries, since all of them are similar in format. I will send you a list of 7 questions (give or take) and ask you the following.
- How would you like your artist name displayed?
- What country are you located in?
- Do you have a bio about yourself?
- What links (social media/website/shop/etc) would you like me to include for people to reach out to you/follow you at?
- In our 'contributor's' section of the site, we include a 'profile picture' of sorts for each artist. Would you want a real picture of you, or would you prefer to substitute a piece of your work?
- I like to post 3-4 images from the gallery on Cislunar's social media (Twitter, Facebook & IG) to help promote the work. Your name will be included on each piece, and if you have a corresponding account on those networks, I will tag you. Is this okay?
- Discussion over images used in the gallery.
From there, I begin creating the gallery on the site. Cislunar is very hands off for the artists, since I understand how crazy busy life can be, so I manage all of the posts, the work that's on the site, and promotional pieces. I will NEVER post the work anywhere outside of what we discuss, and if something came up I would like to use the work for (promotional pieces, collage, etc) I would ask for your permissions prior. I want to protect your art as much as promote it.Do I have to do anything on the website as a contributor?
Nope, not at all! If you want to visit your gallery or check out the other contributors periodically, it would be greatly appreciated, but other than that - everything is handled by myself!How long does the work stay on Cislunar?
Essentially forever - or until you would like the gallery removed. I will never argue over having a gallery removed, just send me a message letting me know you would like it taken down, and I will remove it - no questions asked!Can I add new pieces to the gallery?
ABSOLUTELY! Just send me a message with the work you want added, and I'll get it posted! If there's enough content to create another album within your gallery, we can restructure it that way - that's no problem! Once you're on the site, you're family - and anything you need help posting/promoting in the future, I would be happy to help in any way that I can!Does it cost anything for me to have a gallery on Cislunar?
Cislunar has been, and always will be, free to innovators of any type! I love networking and promoting work, it is not something I'm doing to make money from, just a way to give back to the community and spread the love.Is there any type of work that will not be posted on Cislunar?
Since Cislunar attaches itself to a variety of artists and their work, I do have to make sure that the work does not fall into a few 'generally-viewed-as-offensive' categories. I will not post anything that is overly graphic (it takes a lot to be considered overly graphic in my book
), anything containing hate-speech or themes of hate (towards a certain group of people, beliefs, etc.
), or any overly erotic work (artful nudity is totally fine!
). I do retain the final say in what gets posted on the site, but I will always let you know my reasoning for why. However, to date, this has not occurred, and I've never had to deny any artistic piece to the site for these reasons.Is there a benefit to having my art on the site?
Well I certainly think so! All joking aside, I have had quite a few people reach out to ask if various artists on the sites have shops where their work can be purchased, along with artists on the sites starting to network with one another and create new projects. And I personally think that the more exposure to your work that you get, the better!
You can ALWAYS message me whenever you have a question, comment, idea, winning lottery numbers, inquiry, etc. I love getting mail, and would love to hear from you!