The Pandemic Postcard Project

The Pandemic Postcard Project is a literacy-promoting art project that fosters community connection and legacy-keeping through storytelling and sharing.

We’re inviting everyone (as individuals or as families, partners, roommates, work teams, etc.) to share their stories, thoughts, struggles, successes, lessons learned, blessings given or received, and resolutions made during this moment in history… on postcards.

Why? Well, we’re connected primarily through technology these days through our own profiles and pages. The goal of this project is to celebrate that, while also creating a lasting, physical record of our resilience.

Throughout the project, as submissions come in, we will share some of the Pandemic Postcards on social media. When this is over, we will curate the cards and make them public in a gallery display. Then, all local Pandemic Postcards will be donated to the Alberni Valley Museum for their archives, while others from farther afield will be sent to those community archives.

Help us record our local histories and be a part of the story that is told.

Download the Postcard Project Template

There are no requirements to participate, only that whatever you create must fit on a 4” x 6” or 5” x 7” postcard. Be sure to include your first name, age, and city of residence (example: Jane, age 13, Richmond, BC).

Submit your postcards by:

  1. Mailing them to the address pre-printed on the postcard;
  2. Dropping them into the Pandemic Postcard mailbox outside of Literacy Alberni or into the mail slot at the United Church while on your daily walk; or
  3. Sending your digital creations or scanned masterpieces to postcardproject@literacyalberni.ca.

However, we heavily encourage those with young learners in their family to practice their literacy skills through a hands-on creation that can be sent by mail.

To get you thinking and inspired, here are some ideas:

  • Colours! Crayons! Markers! Glitter! Stickers! Stamps! Paints! Use any or all!
  • Write a poem. Tell a story.
  • Share a photo and your memories – people, places, adventures.
  • Share a recipe you’ve tried and let us know how it went.
  • Use screen captures of meaningful conversations & chats.
  • Express your thoughts or feelings through art or words.
  • Glue a page from your journals to the card.
  • Ask your kids to draw the best and worst parts of their experiences in the past weeks.
  • Share the things that you miss the most, or the things that you don’t!

Additional postcards can be found at the following Little Library Locations: No-Frills, Quality Foods, Ladybird Engraving, and Harbour Quay. Drive-by postcard pick-up and drop off at Literacy Alberni on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10:00am and 2:00pm.

Download the Postcard Project Template