Twin Cities artist Melisande Charles has embarked on a journey to engage the public to celebrate the 5 “P”s: Post Offices, Postage, Postcards, Posters, and Parcels.
Post offices have been a significant player in American arts and culture. This includes architectural treasures, wood and stone sculptures, murals, and paintings. In addition, the USPS has provided a legacy of 238 years of artist-created stamps celebrating multiple facets of American life, for example: its flora, fauna, flags, states, poets, workers, artists, politicians, athletes, and landscapes. Given this history, it seems logical and apropos to invite artists to submit mail art pieces that celebrate and speak to the legacy, history and future of Minnesota’s post offices and the communities affected.
Post Offices…an Endangered Species is a non-profit mail art project that asks you to adopt a Minnesota post office. This could be a P.O. in your current hometown, birth town, vacation spot, an interesting place visited, etc. Explore the community history; then create and submit a visual design for a stamp, postcard, envelope, card or poster that is representative of the community and adopted post office. Or you can write a memoir, poem, limerick, haiku, song or a letter. All forms of artistic expression are encouraged.
All works submitted and accepted will be displayed in our website gallery and may be posted to other Post Offices…an Endangered Species project sites such as Pinterest for public viewing.
A statewide advisory committee will select a variety of works from the submissions they feel best represent the theme. A curatorial panel will choose 10 submissions from those selected by the statewide committee for recognition and a two hundred and fifty dollar award.
Please visit www.po4ever.com to learn more about the project and to participate in the celebration of the United States Postal Service.
Project supported by Forecast Public Art with support from the McKnight Foundation.