Guest Artist Program

five stamps featuring mariachi musicians

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.

Guest artist Rafael Lopez

This summer, join the National Postal Museum and artist Rafael Lopez as they examine a collection of themes illustrated in his original stamp designs. Whether interested in Rafael’s design process, or his commitment to expressing his values regarding representation and inclusivity in his work, there is undoubtedly a program that will interest any young art lovers in your world!

The Guest Artist Program is generously supported by the TurningPoint Foundation.

Upcoming Programs

  • Diversity Awareness with Guest Author Sonia Sotomayor
    Monday, June 27, 2022: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET

    This virtual program is designed for elementary school students
    What does disability mean? Do you or does someone you know have a specific disability? Rafael Lopez will lead elementary school students in a virtual program that discusses the history of disability representation on US postage stamps. Participants will get to discuss with Rafael and the author of Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, Sonia Sotomayor, what their personal experiences with disabilities have been. Learn more
  • Music & Stamps Family Day
    Saturday, August 6, 2022: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm ET
    This onsite program is designed for families with children ages 0 – 10
    Celebrate Rafael Lopez’s new Mariachi stamps with a Family Day at the National Postal Museum! Music, crafts, stories, stamps, and more are available throughout the day. No advanced registration is required.
  • Think Small. Think Big.
    Saturday, August 13, 2022: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm ET
    This onsite program is designed for middle and high school students
    What does it mean to see your community depicted on a stamp that portrays America? How does it feel when your identity is misrepresented or overlooked in stamp designs? Rafael Lopez will guide students through a series of challenging questions pertaining to representation, misrepresentation, and lack of representation on American stamps. He will connect his efforts in stamp design to the work he has done with diversity and representation in public murals and will take students through a private tour of the museum’s collection.