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As we all adjust to life indoors, isolated from the world, we grow more aware of what gives our lives meaning. Art remains inseparable from our lives. Art is perhaps even more urgent in this time, as we turn to the people and places most important to us in order to find a sense of normalcy and safety. Museums are going digital, cultural venues are streaming past performances, and bucket list novels are finally being read. 

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 the particular work of art—be it a work of visual art, performing art, or literature—that you are turning to right 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 right now, 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 are primarily interested in American art or art presented by an American institution. 

We will be publishing a group of essays every other week. Selected essays will be awarded $25. There is no entry fee. 

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.