future mail

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The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) hosted an event on January 2nd at Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays, that caught my attention.

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is NOT a government agency. It is the nation’s newest people-powered department, founded on the truth that art and culture are our most powerful and under-tapped resources for social change. Radically inclusive, useful and sustainable, and vibrantly playful, the USDAC aims to spark a grassroots, creative change movement, engaging millions in performing and creating a world rooted in empathy, equity, and social imagination. 

In the museum’s beautiful Beaux-Arts Court the USDAC set up a range of art making activities conceived to imagine the future of New York City, which is currently in the midst of an unprecedented affordable housing crisis. There was a Letters to the Future station, where people could write to a friend or loved one in the year 2036, telling them how they helped to keep New York City affordable. While the solutions to our housing crisis are so much more complex than the actions of individuals, posing the question is valuable. What kind of a city do we want in the future and what can we do collectively to make it so?

Happy 2016!

I love when several people alert me to the same article because it makes me feel like y’all got my back. Thank you! So here it is, a link to an opinion piece by Zeynep Tufekci in yesterday’s New York Times titled, “Why The Post Office Makes America Great.” I appreciate Tufeksi’s perspective on the relationship between infrastructure and innovation in our country. And while I tend to want more public funding for infrastructure, especially for train travel, its good to be reminded that there would be no internet without the federal research funding that brought it to life and there’d be no internet economy without the USPS to guarantee delivery.

 

 

movie mail

Viva Snail Mail lives! We were hacked and had to be rebuilt but thanks to tech savvy, ceramic artist Nathan Gwirtz, we are back. Phew.

So some film-makers in England are making a short film called Eduardo Munez and they need a lot of handwritten, interesting letters to use as props. The mysterious main character receives a lot of mail. Want to make some mail for a movie? A movie about mail? Here are all the details you will need to send mail to Eduardo Munez.

Viva Snail Mail!

mailbox makeovers

132  4Biskit spotted these mailboxes in Atlanta, getting switched out.

Dear scuffed up mailboxes,

Thank you for your service. You deserve a spa day like your bright blue comrades on the left side of the truck just received.

Love, Viva Snail Mail

peanuts stamps!

Ok I am not trying to rush you in to Christmas mode when we are in the glorious days of early autumn but I am just so excited about these newly issued stamps!

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If you like them as much as I do and are a Christmas card sender, order them now and then you’ll be all set in December. The one with Charlie Brown looking in to the mailbox? Its meta magic!

mary mail

cheetah-sprint

Happy September! Life has been moving at the speed of a cheetah, not a snail. I am looking forward to getting back to the routines of paper mail- making, sending, receiving. And reflecting! That’s what this blog is for, to share with you the art and craft of paper correspondence.

So to kick off autumn and a recommitment to paper mail, we have a giveaway of the book, Mary & Me, A Lasting Link Through Ink, written by Mary Potter Kenyon and Mary Jedlicka Humston, who have been writing letters to each other though out their 30 year friendship.

Send me some paper mail and tell me a correspondence story of your own. The first mail I receive will win a copy of this lovely memoir. Two winners- you, who gets a book and me, who gets some mail!

Melissa Lohman-Wild Viva Snail Mail! PO Box 23 Kensington Station Brooklyn, NY 11218