In light of the threat to our 225 yr old postal service, at a time that could jeopardize the democracy of the country, Mothersbaugh and Wolfe join forces for this collective postcard art demonstration. Postcards For Democracy is an art demonstration that encourages everyone to participate in! Get as creative as your imagination allows. You can purchase new postcards, or recycle old ones!
“Lockdown has reminded me of the joy and importance of physical correspondence so showing our support for this vital institution (USPS) at this crisis point is paramount. And what better way to do it than via the power of art.” – Beatie Wolfe
The aim of this campaign is to encourage as many people as possible to support USPS (at this critical time), our right to vote, and democracy as a whole via the power of art. The demonstration asks you to buy USPS stamps, design a postcard and then mail it to: 8760 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069. The postcards will become part of a collective art piece – presented in both a physical gallery and virtual space – art directed by Mothersbaugh and Wolfe.
“The post office is one of this country’s oldest institutions. Since 1775 we have relied on and trusted the USPO to connect us, to hold safe our documents, personal thoughts or objects of vital importance until they reach their intended destination. The threat now facing the USPO seems to shake our foundation and challenge rights that have, up until now, have been inherent. The fact that this has happened in this country not only needs to be documented but it needs to be questioned and commented on. What better way than to use the very system of the USPO as proof of concept that if we protest through art and connection, we not only capture this moment, we create a movement and we preserve it for posterity.” – Mark Mothersbaugh
Your mission, should you choose to accept it – is easy. Here are some FAQs:
Q. So what are three steps?
A. (1) Buy USPS stamps (2) Make postcard (3) Mail to 8760 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood CA 90069… PLUS – Register to Vote if you’ve not already!
Q. Where can I learn more?
Q. I want to post it to a friend, does that still work?
A. Yes, post it to your pal but take a photo/scan of the design and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. What should be on the postcard?
A. Other than a stamp, anything that you like, from a statement to a poem to a doodle to a design. And you don’t have to be an artist!
Q. Is this open to the rest of the world?
A. Yes, anyone can do it.
Q. Is this a non-profit?
A. Yes, this is an art demonstration and if any profits are raised they’ll go to art/vote enrollment charities.
Your brilliant postcard art will be accepted right up to Election Day, November 3, 2020. Share this with your family, your friends, your coworkers and let’s create together to save our United States Postal Service, Democracy, and the Right To Vote!