TreasurePostcards by Art4Development.Net is an international project that brings emerging and professional artists from across the globe together to visually express social and economic issues with postcard-sized artworks. It is an educational/informative medium that not only helps artists gain visibility through their individual works and shares their creative ambitions, but primarily creates awareness on social and economic issues, provokes thoughts, inspires, and helps raise micro-funds for efforts making a positive difference in communities.
To date, TreasurePostcards project has highlighted issues related to poverty reduction, cultural heritage, and gender. As part of the International Women's Day celebration and to give voice to girls and women's issues, the latest series presented 88 female artists from around the world who donated their artworks for the TreasurePostcards Project and helped generate micro-funds for shelters in the US and Turkey, and organizations working in Sierra Leone and Uganda. The postcard-sized artworks are in numerous arts styles, and represent varied techniques of prints, textiles, photographs, acrylics, oil paints, graphite, collage, mixed-media, and others. Themes captured in the works range from civil rights, to sexual violence, breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, importance of literacy, economic empowerment, and more. Check out a sample catalogue (PDF) from the previous series.
The current TreasurePostcard series focus on environmental issues, primarily related to the intersection of rural agriculture and urban farming, innovation and sustainable development. To learn more and participate in this project please see the guidelines for Rurban Artstructions.
Past TreasurePostcards events:
TreasurePostcards 2009 Exhibit at the Touchstone Gallery, March 08-28, 2009
406 7th Street NW 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202.347.2787 | Fax: 202.347.3339
Project 3 Open House at the Sewall Belmont House and Museum, September 13, 2008
144 Constitution Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002-5608
202 546 1210 - sewallbelmont.org
In addition to the exhibition Art4Development.Net also facilitated the TreasurePostcards workshop to teach over 40 Girl Scouts making artworks in the size of 4 x 6 inches. The purpose of the workshop was to help girls explore the creative process of making TreasurePostcards, depict thoughts and emotions, and generate works that emphasize personal dimension to local and global issues. These artworks encourage others to share their experiences, send a message of hope and inspiration to underprivileged children -to let them know that they are not alone.
Project 3: Empowered by Artistry Exhibit Opening Reception, June 18, 2008
Project 3 was a collaboration of Girls Gotta Run Foundation (GGRF), ThickArt Collaborative/Authentic Arts Consulting, and Arts for Global Development dedicated to social justice issues, making a difference, both locally and globally, through individual creativity and fine arts. The project exhibited works from artists across the globe expressing the strength and power of women. The exhibit was on display between June 10-September 13, 2008.
TreasurePostcards: An International Arts Project and Artists Talk
Friday - May 23, 2008 (7:00-8:30 pm)
Artomatic - Educational Room, 7th Floor, North East Wing
Capitol Plaza I, 1200 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
TreasurePostcards'08 focused on women's issues and the presentation/panel at Artomatic, a month long arts festival in Washington DC, highlighted some artworks, local artists and their stories in a slideshow. The panel session gave an opportunity for local female artists to talk about their experiences and creative social efforts.
TresurePostcards 2006: Standing Up
'STANDING UP against poverty with arts and culture' was one of the aims of the program that brought international arts lovers together at Pangea on November 16, 2006. Arts for Global Development, Inc. and the Crafts Center at CHF International co-organized an educational event titled "Arts, Culture, and Economic Development" to discuss the role of arts in the economic development field and highlight the significance of preserving and protecting humankind's major cultural heritage sites and artistic creations.
The event showcased the TreasurePostcards exhibit which reveals the visual voices of artists from around the world. Participating artists focused on global issues including cultural preservation, education, creative identity, HIV/AIDS, peace, and economic empowerment. During the event visitors were able to view 27 artists' work as well as browse through the TreasurePostcards catalogue that introduces all artists; close to 100 images of 46 artists from 26 countries. You may download this catalogue here.
Select Project Related Documents:
2008 International Women's Day Celebration
2008 Sewall Belmont House & Museum ( Flyer & Exhibit Partners)