"Give Voice" Postcard Project

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The “Give Voice” Postcard Project is a grassroots, multi-state, advocacy initiative organized by Eileen Jeng Lynch. Make your voice heard by writing to Congress at their district addresses. Using 38 artist-designed postcards, help advocate for the issues that matter to you: protection of civil liberties; rights of immigrants, women, and LGBTQ community; the arts; healthcare; environment; natural disaster relief; and gun control regulation, to name a few. Stamps and federal officials’ district addresses are included with the cards.

Write to Congress in 6 easy steps:
1. Purchase “Give Voice” artist postcards with stamps and addresses from the STORE. Proceeds are donated to the NASAA, NRDC, ACLU or Planned Parenthood.
2. Look up your US Senators and Representatives' district addresses on the included list or HERE.
3. Identify an issue that is important to you. As a reference, some bills and topics are below.
4. Write postcards.
5. Include return address.
6. Mail cards.

The combination of these extraordinary images and participants' personal stories across the nation will be incredibly impactful. After all, there is strength in numbers. Having occurred in New York, New Mexico, Illinois, Minnesota, and North Carolina, among other states, this nationwide artist postcard writing project has the potential to change the current political landscape.

Artists
Michael Alan, Trudy Benson, Jason Bereswill, Zoë Buckman and Natalie Frank, Amanda Church, Zoe Crosher, Kevin Curran, David Dixon, Amy Feldman, Ben Godward, Justin Brice Guariglia, Jane LaFarge Hamill, Young Sun Han, Rachel Hayes, Jason Lazarus, Shaun Leonardo, Greg Lindquist, Natasha Mayers, Riad Miah, Joe Nanashe, Katherine Newbegin, Clayton Porter, Nathlie Provosty, Armita Raafat, Luisa Rabbia, Erika Ranee, David Reed, Daniel Rich, Alexis Rockman, Rachel Selekman, Rudy Shepherd, Edra Soto, Meg Stein, Dannielle Tegeder, Karen Tompkins, Sebastian Vallejo, Julia von Eichel, Saya Woolfalk

Proceeds
Proceeds from sales of postcards support the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), or Planned Parenthood—a cause of the artist's choice.

Available Postcards
Artist postcards are available online in the STORE. Postcards are sold in packs of 10, along with a blank card, stamps, and district addresses of your state's Federal Senators and Representatives. For assorted packs and signed postcards, please email  eileen@neumeraki.com.

Current Event
Give Voice Postcard Project
Endless Editions Biennial: OPTIMISM, curated by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts - Project Space
323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
December 7 - 21, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, December 7, 6 - 9 pm

Upcoming Writing Event
Give Voice Postcard Writing Event
Hosted by EFA Studios
323 West 39th Street
Third Floor Conference Room
New York, NY 10018
Saturday, December 15, 1 - 4 pm

The Impetus
This project has been ongoing since the Trump Administration released its FY18 budget proposal. The Administration's FY19 budget proposal (October 2018 – September 2019) once again sought to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, among other programs. The egregious proposed cuts and current policies would imperil key programs, including those that protect our civil liberties, women's rights, culture, and the environment; provide humanitarian assistance; and support scientific research and development, among many others. The Affordable Care Act enrollment is being discouraged by the Administration. The Administration forbid the FCC from using the following terms: vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based, and science-based. Given recent events, we also need Congress to pass gun control legislation.

Congress is tasked with producing a budget resolution and 12 appropriation bills for FY19. The 116th Congress, in which Democrats control the House, will convene on January 3, 2019.

I hope you let your voice be heard throughout the duration of this administration and its policies.

Nationwide Committee (in formation)
Jackie Maman (Chicago, IL - May 21), Clayton Porter (Santa Fe, NM @ THE Magazine - May 21), Meg Stein (Durham, NC - June 24), Herman Milligan (Minneapolis, MN - December 2)

If you would like to host a local event or be in touch with a Nationwide Committee member in Chicago, Santa Fe,  Durham, or Minneapolis, please email eileen@neumeraki.com.

Join the conversation:
Instagram: @eileenj8  #GiveVoice  #GiveVoicePostcardProject
Facebook: Give Voice Postcard Project page (@givevoicepostcardproject)
 

MORE DETAILS FOR POSTCARD WRITING

Locate your Federal Senators and Representatives' District Addresses
CLICK HERE

List of Federal Senators and Representatives by State
Updated list coming soon.

Selected List of Topics and Bills (115th Congress, 2017-2018)

Arts

  • S.661 - CREATE Act of 2017. Introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D- NM) to assist entrepreneurs, support development of the creative economy, and encourage international cultural exchange, and for other purposes.

Environment

Gun Control Regulation


Rights of Immigrants and DACA Recipients

Sample Postcards

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 Multi-State Project: Past Events

“Give Voice” Postcard Project

Forward Union Fair
Red Bull Arts
220 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
Saturday, September 29, 2018, 12-6 pm

"Give Voice" Postcard Project
The Art of Protest exhibition, curated by Elizabeth Cooper
Areté Venue and Gallery, 67 West Street, #103 (courtyard), Brooklyn, NY 11222
March 16 - April 29, 2018

"Give Voice" Postcard Writing Event
Areté Venue and Gallery, 67 West Street, #103 (courtyard), Brooklyn, NY 11222
Saturday, April 14,  1-4 pm
(See photos below.)

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"Give Voice" Postcard Writing Event

Hosted by The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation
The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, New York, NY
December 16, 2017, 3 - 6 pm

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"Give Voice" Postcard Project

Forward Union Fair
An annual social action info fair that brings together social activist organizations and artists
714 Broadway, New York, NY
December 2 - 3, 2017
(See photos below.)

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"Give Voice" Postcard Project and Benefit Exhibition

In collaboration with Rachel Selekman
Gowanus Open Studios
Spaceworks Entryway and Studio #14
540 President Street, Lower Level, Brooklyn, NY
October 21-22, 2017

 Installation of works By row (from top left): Riad Miah, Karen Tompkins, Greg Lindquist Amanda Church, Kevin Curran, Rachel Selekman, Julia von Eichel Sebastian Vallejo, Katherine Newbegin, Ben Godward Joe Nanashe ("Give Voice" Postcard Project table in entryway)

Installation of works
By row (from top left): Riad Miah, Karen Tompkins, Greg Lindquist
Amanda Church, Kevin Curran, Rachel Selekman, Julia von Eichel
Sebastian Vallejo, Katherine Newbegin, Ben Godward
Joe Nanashe ("Give Voice" Postcard Project table in entryway)


"Give Voice" Postcard Project Exhibition

The Franklin
3522 W. Franklin Blvd, Chicago, IL
October 14, 2017 - January 28, 20

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"Give Voice" Postcard Writing Event

Hosted by Nick Page, Frits Zernike, and David Dixon
2 Way Brewing Co., 18 West Main Street, Beacon, NY
September 9, 2017, 1:30 - 4:30 pm

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"Give Voice" Postcard Writing Event

Hosted by Meg Stein
Durham Farmer's Market, 501 Foster St, Durham, NC
June 24, 2017
(See photos below.)

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"Give Voice" Postcard Project and Benefit Exhibition
LMAKbooks+design
298 Grand Street, New York, NY
May 21 - July 28, 2017

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Participating Artists
Michael Alan, Janine Antoni, Trudy Benson, Jason Bereswill, Zoë Buckman and Natalie Frank, Amanda Church, Zoe Crosher, Kevin Curran, David Dixon, Amy Feldman, Ben Godward, Justin Brice Guariglia, Jane LaFarge Hamill, Young Sun Han, Rachel Hayes, Jason Lazarus, Shaun Leonardo, Greg Lindquist, Natasha Mayers, Riad Miah, Joe Nanashe, Katherine Newbegin, Clayton Porter, Nathlie Provosty, Armita Raafat, Luisa Rabbia, Erika Ranee, David Reed, Daniel Rich, Alexis Rockman, Rachel Selekman, Rudy Shepherd, Edra Soto, Meg Stein, Dannielle Tegeder, Karen Tompkins, Sebastian Vallejo, Julia von Eichel, and Saya Woolfalk

"Give Voice" Benefit Exhibition
LMAKbooks+design
July 20 - 28, 2017

Selected works available. Proceeds support the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Planned Parenthood. Contact Eileen Jeng at eileen@neumeraki.com with inquiries.

 Clockwise from left: Young Sun Han,  Great American Spirit (Supplication) , 2017; Rachel Selekman,  Titled Flag , 2017; Anonymous Photograph, 20th century, selected by Katherine Newbegin for the "Give Voice" Postcard Project

Clockwise from left: Young Sun Han, Great American Spirit (Supplication), 2017; Rachel Selekman, Titled Flag, 2017; Anonymous Photograph, 20th century, selected by Katherine Newbegin for the "Give Voice" Postcard Project

 Clockwise from left: Kevin Curran,  Astronauts , 2006; Jane LaFarge Hamill,  Untitled , 2017; Karen Tompkins,  Supercluster 8 , 2015; Greg Lindquist,  Smoke and Water, Cadmium , 2016; Julia von Eichel,  Dark Roots , 2017; Erika Ranee,  The Palace , 2017; Sebastian Vallejo,  Evening Flowers , 2017; Elana Herzog,  Untitled , 2017; Ben Godward,  Coral (prince) , 2017; Michael Alan,  O My head , 2006; Nicole Awai,  Pounce Girl(s)! , 2017

Clockwise from left: Kevin Curran, Astronauts, 2006; Jane LaFarge Hamill, Untitled, 2017; Karen Tompkins, Supercluster 8, 2015; Greg Lindquist, Smoke and Water, Cadmium, 2016; Julia von Eichel, Dark Roots, 2017; Erika Ranee, The Palace, 2017; Sebastian Vallejo, Evening Flowers, 2017; Elana Herzog, Untitled, 2017; Ben Godward, Coral (prince), 2017; Michael Alan, O My head, 2006; Nicole Awai, Pounce Girl(s)!, 2017

 Clockwise from left: Clayton Porter,  Untitled (sweat print) , 2016; Riad Miah,  No 9 , 2010; Jason Bereswill,  Untitled (lil gutted landscape),  2017; Gelah Penn,  Blight , 2017; Amy Feldman,  Morning Mourning , 2017; Amanda Church,  Orange Raincloud , 2017; Jason Bereswill,  Arizona Shootout , 2017; Jason Lazarus,  Untitled , 2017; Meg Stein,  Untitled (I am a clever girl) , 2014; Joe Nanashe,  The Art? The Art! , 2017; Justin Brice Guariglia,  Untitled , 2017

Clockwise from left: Clayton Porter, Untitled (sweat print), 2016; Riad Miah, No 9, 2010; Jason Bereswill, Untitled (lil gutted landscape), 2017; Gelah Penn, Blight, 2017; Amy Feldman, Morning Mourning, 2017; Amanda Church, Orange Raincloud, 2017; Jason Bereswill, Arizona Shootout, 2017; Jason Lazarus, Untitled, 2017; Meg Stein, Untitled (I am a clever girl), 2014; Joe Nanashe, The Art? The Art!, 2017; Justin Brice Guariglia, Untitled, 2017


"Give Voice" Postcard Writing Event
Hosted by Clayton Porter and The Magazine Santa Fe
320 Aztec St, Santa Fe, NM
May 21, 2017

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"Give Voice" Postcard Writing Event
Hosted by Jackie Maman
Chicago, IL
May 21, 2017

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