The first postcard was introduced in 1869. At the height of their popularity in the early 1900s, billions of postcards were sent every year – they were essentially the "text message of the time," according to World Postcard Day.
Today, postcards represent a glimpse into history and an opportunity to better understand how landscape and place define and shape individuals and communities. Contemporary postcards may take the form of a traditional print postcard, with an image on one side and a personal letter on the other, or they may take electronic forms, such as a digital story or video.
The Postcards Project project seeks to highlight the diverse communities in Lake County and explore identity and place using a variety of mediums, from physical mediums such as postcard-sized drawings and paintings, to digital mediums such as digital/film/animated postcards, to interpretive postcards, such as dance performances inspired by locations within Lake County.
The Postcards Project seeks both literal and metaphorical interpretations of the postcard. Think of a postcard as a glimpse into a specific moment of time, a small-scale art project, or a story in brief. Postcards are slivers of life, captured in a 4" x 6" frame (real or imagined) – the gift of voice from the creator to the recipient and a reminder that during times of missed communications and disconnect, we all just want to be heard.
Here are some project ideas to get you started. There are project ideas for various disciplines, but there is a lot of cross-over and flexibility, so please don't think that you are limited to these ideas or the projects listed in your specific discipline. You are welcome to implement any of these ideas, or develop a Postcards Project of your own. If you have an idea for a project that you would like to be included on this site, please contact us!
We are accepting submissions from anyone affiliated with CLC, but strongly encourage faculty to integrate a Postcards Project into their fall and/or spring courses. We want to highlight the voices of our diverse student population!