“There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest… and this public passion must be superior to all private passions.”  John Adams, 1776

The goal of this project is to add artist’s voices, art and their creative suggestions to underscore the efforts of other advocates to release the Postal Service from draconian legislation and strengthen and restructure postal services for the digital age.

Everyone knows the Post Office is in financial trouble. Not everyone knows or understands why or how. We need to know. It is important to know because “We the People” are the stakeholders in the USPS. Many of the postal issues have been exacerbated by political acts that are also entangled with business ethics, business interests, unions, public good, economics, employment and legacy.

This project was conceived by wondering how individuals could have a say, beyond signing a petition that could overtly and lastingly recognize and celebrate an institution that has served us so well for over 238 years. How does one go about gathering and providing pertinent knowledge to make an informed and educated statement? How could an individual find a way to create a civil, learned, celebratory, historical dialogue regarding government services that serve all the people through a statewide project featuring the grandest, oldest, service of all, THE POST OFFICE.

How? By recognizing the role the postal service has played in the arts through a Mail Art Project using postal and Internet delivery methods and inviting artists to adopt a Minnesota post office and celebrate it with their creations.

The more artists participate the more aware the public will become of the jewel they possess that was gifted to them by our founding fathers and Benjamin Franklin. This project opens the door for innovative discourse and to speak creatively of the role the post office has played and will continue to play in our history and communities. It is the “Mail Art” means of communicating the history, specialness of place and the past and future public service of the Post Office.

The history of the United States is the history of the Post Office
The history of the Post Office is the history of the United States

“When the post office is closed, the flag comes down. When the human side of government closes its doors, we’re all in trouble.”  Senator Jennings Randolph (West Virginia) 1958-85

Project supported by Forecast Public Art with support from the McKnight Foundation