$3.00 USD

Critical Read seeks 800-1200-word true stories about life-changing experiences with art.

Tell us about a time when art saved you. Were you in danger? Were you desperate? Did art come to you in a time of great need? What was happening in your life? How did you encounter art and how did it save you?

We’re particularly interested to hear high-stakes stories that had real consequences. Maybe a disagreement over a favorite album ended a long friendship. Maybe a passion for art caused you to break the law or put yourself at risk. How did the art bring you back to yourself? How did the experience change your life? How did art help you make a difficult decision? Did it present a choice? Let us into your thoughts and actions in that moment and describe how you got there. 

We want you to think beyond the art you hang on walls. Everything from music, dance, film, or architecture—if you think it’s art, we are interested.

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