COMMUNITY ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAM
The WNY Book Arts Center’s educational outreach program, Printing Partners, is hosted by community partners throughout the Buffalo region & offers free, sequential art classes to children & families in their own neighborhoods.
Removing the barrier of cost and transportation, PRINTING PARTNERS affords all families the opportunity to participate in high-quality arts learning. In this hands-on program, learners of all ages & abilities engage with the book arts to build their creative confidence and artistic skills. Classes offer students a safe space to investigate basic to advanced forms of book & printmaking techniques alongside professional teaching artists, and work with specialty artist materials to create thoughtful & unique works of art.
Our community partners–past & present–represent the diverse neighborhoods of our region, including: The Buffalo & Erie County Libraries, Journey’s End Refugee Services Making A Connection (MAC) Program, Locust Street Art, Seneca Babcock Community Center, the Valley Community Center, the Carnegie Art Center, OPCOM (Operation Children of the Military) through the Mental Health Advocates of WNY, and the Westside Art Strategy Happens (WASH) Project.
• In the Summer of 2023, Book Arts completed a PRINTING PARTNERS program with the Valley Community Association Center, a community center dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of the residents of the Buffalo River Community.
• Book Arts is currently running a long-term closed program with OPCOM (Operation Children of the Military), a program offered in partnership with the Mental Health Advocates and the Veterans One Stop Center of WNY. The mission of the Operation COM program is to strengthen military family relationships in Western New York using creative activities, peer support, and family centric activities.
• Registration for current programs are below. If no porgrams are currently offered, we’re behind the scenes planning for the next season’s iteration of PRINTING PARTNERS! If so, check back soon for more classes in your neighborhood, and stay in the loop by signing up for our email updates. Thank you!
We’re so grateful to our community host partners and students, and the funders who make this program possible.
View the 2022 Printing Partners Program Evaluation.
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Upcoming Neighborhood Printing Partners Programs:
PRINTING PARTNERS is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State legislature. PRINTING PARTNERS is also generously supported by The County of Erie, The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, M&T Bank, The Children’s Foundation of Erie County, and The Cameron & Jane Baird Foundation. Please visit our Funders page to learn more.
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