Our Response to COVID-19

Out of the safety and care for our community, teaching artists, volunteers, staff, and visitors, we have decided to close Book Arts until April 1st. All updates for programming, events and workshops will be listed below as this situation continues. If you have any questions, concerns, or just good vibes! we’re here to help.

March 16, 2020 *Update*

Based on new information from local government officials and public health experts, Book Arts will not host small group workshops as planned. Effective today, we will suspend all public programming through April 1, 2020. 

If you are currently registered for a Book Arts workshop, a member of our team will be in touch with information about rescheduling. Printing Partners workshops will also be postponed until further notice.
We thank you for your patience as we make tough decisions about these programs that will impact revenue for Book Arts, as well as our Teaching Artists, while continuing to prioritize the wellbeing of all members of our community.


Please be sure to follow along on social media and subscribe to our email list for more updates. In the meantime, be sure to check out our newly updated online shop! ❤️


March 14, 2020

To our members & supporters,

On behalf of all of us here at Book Arts, we would like to reassure you that our commitment to the safety and well-being of our community members, teaching artists, volunteers, staff, and visitors remains central to all that we do. 

We have been closely monitoring the developments surrounding COVID-19 and as a result we have made the difficult decision to close Book Arts’ gallery, studio, and shop through April 1, 2020 in solidarity with many other local cultural organizations working to help ‘flatten the curve.’ 

We will continue monitoring the situation and following guidelines from public health officials, as well as posting regular updates to this webpage and our social media accounts. At this time, we will still be hosting our workshops with 10 attendees or less in letterpress, screenprinting, and meditation. If you are registered for these workshops and have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at (716) 348 -1430. 

Out of an abundance of caution, we will be postponing our beloved Edible Book Festival presently scheduled for April 4th. We know that our members and friends eagerly look forward to this event each year (as we do, too!) and hope we can count on your enthusiastic support once we have received direction that it is safe for us all to gather and share your confectionary creations. The Edible Book Festival is not only a fun celebration that fosters a love of reading, it also generates sustaining revenue in support of our programs – so please be sure to watch for a forthcoming new date!

In order to further our mission, provide opportunities for our teaching artists, and continue bringing accessible arts education programming to the great people of Western New York, Book Arts needs your ongoing support. Please consider becoming a member, renewing your membership, purchasing a gift certificate for yourself or a friend, shopping our online marketplaces, beginning a custom printing project, or making a donation

Select handmade gifts, hand printed cards, posters and bookbinding supplies are available in our *NEW* online shop, as well as on Etsy, without any interruption in shipping. If you can’t find a specific product online, please email Shopkeep Mel at Mel@wnybookarts.org and we’d be happy to check its availability and ship it to you.

Your patronage is essential for us to continue building a strong welcoming and community-based home for the book arts in downtown Buffalo & WNY neighborhoods.

We thank you for your continuous understanding and support. As always, stay creatively curious. 

-The Book Arts Team

Programming & Events Update:

  • Papermaking: Pour Mould – March 18 – POSTPONED
  • Letterpress Basics Workshop – March 19 -POSTPONED
  • Screenprint Basics Workshop – March 21 -POSTPONED
  • Advanced Screen Print Workshop – March 24 -POSTPONED
  • Meditation Saturdays: Visual Mindfulness, Intuitive Meditation for the Senses – March 28 -POSTPONED
  • Edible Book Festival – April 4th – POSTPONED
  • PIA Vendor Fair – April 2nd – POSTPONED

If you planned on attending a workhop or event that is not on this list, please email rosemary@wnybookarts.org