The Third Rail is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit quarterly publication devoted to a discussion of modern and contemporary art, politics, philosophy, and culture, featuring critical essays and reviews, interviews, literary arts, and artist center spread projects. 

One of the things that makes The Third Rail special and worth supporting is that it is produced with care as a substantial, print-based publication featuring work by local, national, and internationally recognized contributors, and readers can have it for free! Our contributors include some of the most exciting artists, poets, critics, historians, musicians, filmmakers, chefs, choreographers, and curators working today, and you can find The Third Rail at some of the best independent bookshops, contemporary art galleries, and museums internationally. The Third Rail is now being collected and archived by numerous museum and institutional libraries, including Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Getty Research Institute and LACMA (Los Angeles), Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Anthology Film Archives (New York), Bilbiothèque Centre Pompidou (Paris), and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), among others.

Our goal is to continue producing a print-based quarterly publication of international concern that we distribute internationally and make available free of charge, but it takes many resources to make this possible.

Given the overall expenses of publishing and distributing The Third Rail, your tax-deductible gift can help us in very concrete ways. Your gift can help us pay our contributing artists and writers and our staff for their labor, to keep the engine running. Or you can help us overcome the financial challenge of producing the physical publication by assisting with the expense of printing. You can help us commission fundraising editions by contemporary artists, or you can help us offset the expenses of participating in book fairs. Your gift can also help The Third Rail fulfill its mission to provide a platform for public events, such as poetry readings, film screenings, lectures, panel discussions, and artist presentations. Every gift helps. 

The Third Rail is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.