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What Matters Now?

A mail art project that asks what you need to say and who needs to hear you…


Have you received a blank "What Matters Now?" postcard in the mail, or picked one up at the museum or another distribution point?  Take a moment to reflect on the question, then fill in the blank and mail the card to a recipient who needs to hear you—whether an elected official, a friend, an organization, or a stranger. Some advice from Hank Willis Thomas: "Be visionary, not reactionary."

By mailing your postcard, you’ll draw attention to the role of United States Postal Service in voter enfranchisement and let others know how to register to vote in person or by mail-in ballot.

Have a lot to say? Want to encourage lots of folks to express their views, listen to others, and vote? Print, distribute, or mail as many postcards as you’d like.

Free printable postcard template

You can also participate—and help spread the word about voter and mail-in ballot registration—via social media. Post a picture of your postcard before you mail it or share using a "What Matters Now" story template, and tag the Cincinnati Art Museum. We will be sharing your responses throughout the run of Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal…

Social media toolkit (Instagram and Facebook story templates)
Story Template 1 | Story Template 2

Free printed postcards are currently available at these locations throughout Cincinnati:

  • Cincinnati Art Museum
  • More neighborhood locations coming soon

Please contact [email protected] to find out about becoming a distribution location.


More resources:

The mailing address of the Cincinnati Art Museum is 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati OH, 45202.

Register to vote, check your registration status, find polling places, and request mail-in ballots:

Find your elected officials:

Voting and contacting elected officials in Cincinnati:

More about artist-led activism for inclusive civic participation:


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