"Give Voice" Postcard Project

The “Give Voice” Postcard Project is a grassroots, multi-state, advocacy initiative organized by Eileen Jeng Lynch. 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 created postcards to be sent to our Federal Senators and Representatives at their district addresses.

Make your voice heard by writing to Congress. Using artist-designed postcards, help advocate for the protection of civil liberties and human rights as well as other issues that matter to you: the arts; rights of immigrants, women, and the LGBTQ community; healthcare; the environment; natural disaster relief; gun control regulation; and tax reform, to name a few. Stamps and federal officials’ district addresses are included with the 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.

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

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.

Current Events
The "Give Voice" Postcard Project is currently on view at The Franklin (3522 W. Franklin Blvd) in Chicago through early 2018. Hours: Saturdays, 2-5 pm and by appointment.

Upcoming Event
On Saturday, December 16, please join Neumeraki and The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation for an afternoon of activism and postcard writing at The 8th Floor (17 West 17th Street) from 3 to 6 pm. Please RSVP here.

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 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.

The Impetus
The Trump Administration's FY18 budget (October 2017 – September 2018), which has passed the Senate, proposes egregious cuts that 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 currently being discouraged by the Administration. We need Congress to pass gun control legislation.

Despite the initial budget cut proposals for the arts and humanities, 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 House passed the tax reform bill, and the Senate passed its version. They need to merge the two into a bill that could pass both the House and Senate before December 25. The final budget is to be passed sometime this month. I hope you let your voice be heard throughout the duration of this administration and its policies.

Multi-State Project
Postcard writing events also 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. A revelatory exhibition of artist cards and works was held at LMAKbooks+design from July 20-28. 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.

In collaboration with Rachel Selekman, the "Give Voice" Postcard Project participated at Gowanus Open Studios in Brooklyn from October 21 - 22. Postcards were set up in the entryway of Spaceworks at 540 President Street, and the benefit exhibition of original works were installed on the Project's wall in Rachel Selekman's studio #14 (GOS Map Number 34). See installation view at the bottom of the page. Stay tuned for upcoming events in other cities.

The "Give Voice" Postcard Project was at the Forward Union Fair, an annual social action info fair that brings together social activist organizations and artists, on December 2 and 3, 2017.

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!

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)
 

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
 

"Give Voice" Postcard Project and Exhibition
Gowanus Open Studios
Spaceworks Entryway and Studio #14
540 President Street, Lower Level

By row: 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)

By row:
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)