"Give Voice" Postcard Project

The “Give Voice” Postcard Project is a grassroots, multi-state, arts advocacy initiative organized by Eileen Jeng. Having occurred in New York, New Mexico, Illinois, and North Carolina, among other states, this nationwide postcard writing project has the potential to change the current political landscape. 40 artists have created postcards that would be sent to our Federal Senators and Representatives at their district addresses. By sending these postcards, our voices would be heard, and we could help protect the arts, culture, environment, women’s rights, our civil liberties, healthcare, DACA recipients, and hurricane victims, as well as address many other important issues.

Postcards are available online in the STORE. "Give Voice" culminated in a revelatory exhibition of artist cards and works at LMAKbooks+design from July 20-28.  I hope you let your voice be heard throughout the duration of this administration and its policies.

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

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 - date TBA)

The Impetus
President Trump's budget proposal for FY18 (October 2017 – September 2018) would imperil key programs that sustain the arts community and continue to threaten the future of the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and many other independent agencies.

Despite these egregious budget cut proposals, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2018 budget, which includes funding of $145 million for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This is still $5 million below the fiscal year 2017 level for each Endowment. The FY 18 budget has not been finalized, and we need to continue voicing our concerns.

Contacting our Federal Senators and Representatives at their district addresses is the one of the most effective ways to get our voices heard. The goal of sending these extraordinary images is to have officials to pay attention to the importance of the arts, culture, environment, women’s rights, our civil liberties, and many other concerns. The combination of these works and participants’ personal stories across the nation would be incredibly inspirational and impactful. After all, there is strength in numbers.

Proceeds
Proceeds from sales 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
Postcards are sold in packs of 10, along with a blank card, stamps, and district addresses of your state's Federal Senators and Representatives. Assorted packs and signed postcards are also available. For inquiries, please send an email to eileen@neumeraki.com.

A list of the Federal Officials by state and a link to locate their district addresses are posted below as well.

Multi-State Project
Postcard writing events took place at LMAKbooks+design at 298 Grand Street in New York, Chicago, and Santa Fe on May 21 and in Durham, NC on June 24. See photos on the Give Voice Postcard Project Facebook page.

The "Give Voice" Postcard Project traveled to Beacon, NY on Saturday, September 9. The event was hosted by Nick Page, Frits Zernike, and David Dixon at 2 Way Brewing Co. at 18 West Main Street.

The next event will take place at Gowanus Open Studios in Brooklyn from October 21 - 22! Stay tuned for upcoming events in other cities.

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

If you are interested in hosting a local event and would like place a bulk order of postcards, please be in touch. If you already have postcards, feel free to grab those and write. Our voices need to be heard!
 

DETAILS FOR POSTCARD WRITING
 

List of Federal Senators and Representatives by State
CLICK HERE

Locate your Federal Senators and Representatives' District Addresses
CLICK HERE

Facts and Figures


List of Bills and Executive Orders (115th Congress, 2017-2018)

(More coming soon)

Sample Postcards

Kevin Curran Written Postcard

(More coming soon)

"Give Voice" Exhibition at LMAKbooks+design from July 20 - 28
Selected works are 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