Autumn in the Delaware Water Gap
"Is not America already independent? Why not then declare it?"
is happy to sponsor the Continental
Congress of Art, an internet society to further the cause of
American literature and fine art. Much like its namesake, the original
Continental Congress of 1774, the Continental Congress of Art
is meant to be a convocation of like-minded individuals to advance
a cause of common concern. It is our belief that educational institutions
and media outlets have not done enough to celebrate and propagate
the great literary and artistic heritage of the United States. Focusing
on the ugly, the banal, the crude, and the blasphemous, our cultural
elites tend to treat classical American art with derision, when they
pay any attention to it at all. As a result, truly fine art in America
has often been stifled, discouraged, and declared irrelevant.
Independence Hall, Philadelphia
We believe that great art and literature
do not spring fully-formed from nothingness—they must be grounded
in an intensive study of what came before. It is our hope that
this site will help build interest in the vast artistic and literary
treasure trove of American civilization, as well as serve as a hub
for new ideas and endeavors, with the common goal being the advancement
of literature and fine art in the United States of America. We hope
that established writers and artists
will use our
site as a source of historical data, inspiration,
and general information. We hope that neophytes and the curious
will visit our
Guide to Literary Form
site to gain insight into under-appreciated literary styles and
perhaps be inspired to try their hand at writing a sonnet or an allegory.
Overall, we hope to play a role, however small,
in a literary and artistic reawakening in the United States.
Call for Delegates
To date, our delegates hail from several eastern
states, but we are eagerly seeking representatives from other
regions. If you are interested in becoming a delegate, please view
our submission guidelines.
If you are accepted,
you will have a brief biography posted in our
section, along with samples of your work.
If you have your own website which displays your
work, we will gladly post a link or two. The idea is to help talented,
like-minded individuals to network, build traffic on their websites,
and otherwise generate interest in their work. There will never be any
charge for this listing.
Please note that this effort is still in its
infancy. If you notice that our site is not as well catalogued
or comprehensive as you think it should be, keep in mind that
this is very much a work in progress. In that spirit, we certainly
welcome suggestions and constructive criticism from interested parties.
last updated: July 8, 2002