As we adjust to life in this time of uncertainty, art is perhaps even more urgent, as we turn to the people and places most important to us in order to find a sense of normalcy and safety. 

At Critical Read, we know that art is essential. We have always known this. We're asking you to help us spread the word.  

We are looking for essays of around 300 words on a work created by an American artist—be it visual art, performing art, or literature—that you are turning to now. It could be an appreciation of the art you have access to from your home. It can also be a remembrance of the art you wish you could see or hear, or a trip to a museum or arts organization that you wish you could relive. How is this work of art sustaining you right now? How has it transformed you? Why does it drive you? 

We will be publishing a collection of essays every month. Selected essays will be awarded $25.

Examples for what we are looking for can be seen here: http://www.criticalread.org/art-is-essential-essays-week-one

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.