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How does it work?

Once a classroom begins an adventure, they'll begin receiving a letter in the mail every 2-3 weeks. After they receive their letters, the students will have up to 2 weeks to respond (either by using the pre-stamped postcard we include, or by emailing their responses to replies@artisticstamp.com) and right off the bat they'll develop a pen-pal relationship with the main character in the story and will guide the character towards the next steps in the adventure. A notification will be sent when every letter is mailed out and when every reply is received.

How do the fictional characters know who to write to?

With your purchase you’ll receive an info form to fill out so we know to whom our characters should be writing (and where we should mail the letters), allowing us to personalize the experience for each student or student group and making them a part of the adventure.

Who are the plays suitable for?

Each adventure is suitable for a different age. The Inspector Shell / Juliet Grey Mysteries are specifically targeted to young audiences in Elementary School. The Hidden Slipstream has puzzles and riddles built for Middle School students. Ida and Wild Thyme are suitable for High School Students. Please see the show blurbs on the "Adventures" Page for more information.

When will I be billed?

You will be billed at the time of purchase, or if you prefer to pay in installments, once a month for four months. Please note that we do not offer refunds. If you cancel midway through the adventure, we will stop sending letters but you will be charged for the remainder.

How will the letters be delivered?

Artistic Stamp is committed to using the United States Postal Service to deliver all of our letters, but we also scan each handwritten letter and can send to the teacher via email so that a digital copy also exists.

How long will it take me to reply?

That's up to you! Each letter will come with a pre-stamped and pre-addressed postcard that students can use to reply. They can fill out a few sentences quickly and drop it right back in the mail, or if they favor longer correspondence, they may write a longer reply and mail it to us in a first class envelope. However, all replies must be mailed within two weeks of receiving the letter to make sure the character receives it before sending their response.

Can I share my letters on social media?

You are welcome to share your experience on social media. Please do not share spoilers to avoid spoiling the adventure for others. Please do keep in mind that everything you receive from Artistic Stamp is copyright protected. While you are encouraged to share your experience we must insist that you avoid any virtual "walk through" of the adventure--again so as not to spoil the surprises for others.

No part of the letters or their contents may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the Artistic Stamp, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law.

What's the refund policy?

Please note that we do not offer refunds. Plan accordingly. If you cancel midway through the adventure, we will stop sending letters but you will be charged for the remainder.

Are the adventures one-on-one or can they be done in small groups?

Either works fine, a one-on-one adventure where each student corresponds directly with a character in the story works just as well as a small group where up to 4 students team up to correspond with the character. In the small group setting, sometimes the students choose a team name (e.g. The Wanderers, The Three Musketeers, The Fearsome Foursome) for the characters to correspond with.

Are you flexible with the timing?

Yes! Our four-month timing is dependent on the speed at which the recipient responds and the USPS. But a play-by-mail could be done much faster, in as little as six weeks.

Can the experience be virtual?

Yes! Our actors can hand write the letters, and then scan and upload. We then send the entire batch via email to an organizer or teacher, who then collects and scans the responses and sends them back to us via email.

Can it done with an entire classroom?

Yes! We can have the character write an entire class. This teaches leadership and collaboration skills as the class responds collectively.

Is there a live component?

There can be! We currently offer virtual meet-the-artist events and we are developing options for adventures to culminate in a live performance.

What is the cost?

A one-on-one subscription is $90 per ticket, in this scenario each student has a one-on-one correspondence with a character in the adventure. A small group subscription is $100 for each group of four students (example: a 40 person classroom could do ten small-groups for $1000).  A classroom subscription is $150, wherein the character corresponds with an entire classroom. All adventures include a study guide for the teacher, assistance with curriculum integration, plus virtual meet-the-artist events.

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