CMA Stories

How-To: Postcard Party

Sending a letter to an elected official is a surefire way to make your voice heard! Artists have an advantage—they know how to make their letters and postcards the most eye-catching! How will you get your elected official’s attention, and what will you say? Share your projects using #CMACIVICKIDS

What you’ll need:

  • Cardstock Paper, cut to 5” x 7’’ size

  • Drawing Material: Colored Pencil, Oil Pastel, or Marker

  • Collage Material: Glue Stick, Old Magazines or Paper, Scissors

  • Postage Stamp


1. Cut your cardstock paper to postcard paper down to 5 inches by 7 inches. This is a standard postcard size.

2. Then, flip over your postcard and draw a line down the middle. You will now create a spot for an address and a spot for writing your message.

3. Flip your postcard over again. Think about the message you want to send. How can you get it across through drawing and collage?

4. After you’ve finished, write and mail your postcard. Don’t forget a stamp!

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. CIVICKIDS is sponsored by Google.


  • June's #CMACIVICKIDS partner is DeafCam, a project from South Africa that works with deaf children and young people to teach and develop their interest in photography and filmmaking. Through their photographs and films, deaf children… Read more

  • LGBTQ Leaders in Action will be the focus of the Media Lab workshop during this Sunday's Pride Cultural Festival! Tell your own story using cut-outs of iconic cultural and historical figures. Break through the boundary of… Read more

  • Artists know how to look closely at the world around them. Use everyday objects to create a tool for observation! Once your upcycled viewfinder is complete, create your own compositions at the park, in the… Read more

Sign up to get updates and special invitations