“To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.” ―George Washington
We hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. 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 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.
At Critical Read, we know that Art Is Essential. Join us in promoting public awareness of the arts, and the importance of art to the way we live now. Sign up below to get started.
Here’s how it works:
Discover new work. Tell us about the art you love in our new flash nonfiction series, Art Is Essential. We’re looking for 300-word flash nonfiction about the art you care about. We’ll be publishing one flash essay a week. Complete details at Submittable.
Amplify critical opinion. Shout out the art that you experience with shareable microessays. Use social media to give us your 200-character appreciations and criticisms. Tag the microessays with #ArtIsEssential and #criticaltweet so we can share and amplify the message.
Support the work that artists and arts groups are doing. We’re all consuming culture online and remotely now. Tag your social media posts about this with #ArtIsEssential, and spread the word.
Promote new best practices. Arts groups across the country are confronting new challenges. What works? What doesn’t? We will be sharing the stories of what people are doing to adjust to this new reality. Contact us with to share your news or offer tips.
Advocate for an arts bailout. You can use ResistBot to contact government officials. Simply text your message to 50409 and ResistBot will figure out who represents you and deliver your message via letter, email, or fax to your representative.