“Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity. I don’t see a different purpose for it now.” — Dorothea Tanning

Welcome to Raft.

Raft is a publication for people who love the arts. Raft grew out of the digital content created at Critical Read, a nonprofit publisher dedicated to making American art and art history more inclusive and discoverable.

Our mission is threefold: to re-imagine critical writing about the arts; to make American art and art history more accessible and discoverable; and to help artists build sustainable careers.

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A note on ‘Art’:

At Raft we’re interested in the nonprofit arts. This includes ballet, opera, theater, fine art, performance, installation, literature, poetry, jazz, dance and more. We’re interested in art that isn’t passively consumed, art that makes you think, art that opens and broadens your world. Television, pop music, video games, and commercial film get lots of coverage elsewhere, and not at Raft.

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People

Natalie Axton
I'm a writer, journalist, and editor based in east KY and west Texas. In 2016 I founded Critical Read, a not-for-profit publishing company dedicated to making American art and art history more inclusive and discoverable.
Lorrie Moore
Student. Appalachian. Editorial Assistant.