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The Postcard Project



  • Tabletop cluttered with paint brushes in murky water, dried orange rounds, and a paper with a painting in progress.

Shannon, Queen's Square | January 11, 2021

Don’t we all just need a little feel-good project this winter? A way to keep our thoughts uplifted and uplift others. A way to say ‘I’m thinking of you’ ‘I wish you were here’ and ‘I want to share this with you’. A way to work together on a project that expresses our feelings of hope, kindness and support while we are hibernating through the long winter of COVID ahead. Well, here it is.

Pick up a 3 pack of blank post cards by calling the number on the door of any Idea Exchange location during our regular open hours. A staff member will bring a pack out to you for curbside pick-up. You can even pick up your library holds at the same time!

On the blank side, draw, paint or sketch an uplifting postcard design for each of the three cards. On the side marked “The Postcard Project”, use your wordsmithing magic and craft a message to lighten the dark during the long winter ahead. Packages will be available for pick up on January 4, 2021 and are due back on February 15, 2021. Simply return them in any Idea Exchange drop box.

Winter distribution:

When the winter is bleakest, and we need it most, these post cards will be available for members of our community to pick up curbside and send to a friend, neighbour or someone in your bubble.  They will also be distributed through the Visiting Library Service, to the retirement residences in town enduring even more stringent COVID-19 safety protocols than the rest of us, as soon as it is safe to do so.  Each postcard will contain love and kind wishes of not one, but two members of our community who care enough to take the time and work together – while we are apart.

Volunteer Hours?

Each 3 pack of postcards designed or inscribed will be good for 2 hours of volunteer time. All you need to do is add your email address when you fill in the submission form and submit it with your postcards, and you will receive a volunteer hour confirmation by our volunteer coordinator via email.

The Postcard Project is in conjunction with the Cambridge Art Galleries exhibition Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau: Is It The Sun Or The Asphalt All I See Is Bright Black, on view at Queen’s Square through February 28, 2021.


Submitted by Tammy (not verified) on

Is this open to children’s art?

Submitted by Shannon Markle (not verified) on

Thanks for reaching out about the Postcard Project. To qualify for volunteer hours your child has to be enrolled in high school or over the age of 14, but aside from that, there are no restrictions on who can participate. Please feel free to pick up the postcards, and have your child/children decorate them. Each package contains three postcards. They can be picked up/returned at any location of Idea Exchange. The deadline for the artwork is December 23.

Thanks for asking – and happy drawing!

Submitted by Hania (not verified) on

Are there still postcards up for giving away?

Submitted by Shannon Markle (not verified) on

Hi Hania,
Yes there are! We just dropped up a new stock on Friday, so there should be some available at any location of Idea Exchange for you to pick up and complete. If you need further assistance with this project, please feel free to connect with smarkle@ideaexchange.org.

Submitted by H (not verified) on

I have completed my postcards, I did this in December, but I have not received an email or notification. Did my postcards get lost?

Submitted by Shannon Markle (not verified) on

Hi Hailey,

Thank you for reaching out. The wrdsb server blocks many external emails from reaching students - and that was the email address you gave me with your submission form. I've had your hours here waiting for you to connect. I have resent to your other email account. And thank you for participating in the Postcard Project!

Most Kindly, Shannon Markle