Stamp artists have the extremely challenging task of depicting the shared history, culture, and beliefs of an entire nation on a one-inch square piece of paper. They work to find the perfect balance between the countless perspectives and experiences of the American people with their individual artistic visions.
This summer, you can join National Postal Museum and artist John Parra, as they examine a collection of themes illustrated in his original stamp designs and illustrations. Whether you are interested in John’s design process, his artistic inspirations, or his interest in examining Hispanic heritage on postage stamps, there is undoubtedly a program that will interest a variety of art lovers!
Programs will take place throughout the summer, both online and in person, the first one happening next Wednesday, June 28, at 7pm over Zoom. During that session, join John Parra and USPS Art Director Antonio Alcalá for ¡Delicioso!: Designing Latino Food Stamps, a conversation about the stamp design process that they used in 2017 when working on the ¡Delicioso! series together. All ages are welcome to join, and there is no cost to register.
Mark your calendar, too, for the first in-person program: Spanish is the Language of My Family Book Festival will take place at the National Postal Museum on Saturday, July 15, 11am – 4pm. Enjoy a family-friendly book festival following the release of Spanish is the Language of My Family, written by Michael Genhart and illustrated by John Parra. Festivities will include tons of fun games, interesting crafts, and entertaining live music for the whole family! This event is free, and no advanced registration is required.
See what else is coming up in the Guest Artist Program this summer! (We’ll keep you updated, too.)
Guest Artist Program
Where: National Postal Museum | 2 Mass Ave NE & Online
When: Throughout the summer
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This post is sponsored by the National Postal Museum, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.