Printing Partners is a collaborative program connecting the Western New York Book Arts Center to families and students of all ages in the Buffalo community through high-quality educational outreach. In these hands-on arts workshops, students first learn the basics of making origami and hand-stitched book structures, introducing kids to specialty bookbinding tools and materials.
We then build upon these new-found skills to introduce paper treating and printmaking techniques…students learn the traditional art of book paper marbling, create carved stamps to print personalized designs on hand bound journals, letterpress print note cards and posters, and even screen print a collaborative design!
Printing Partners seeks to strengthen the WNY region as a center for arts and culture by offering long-term arts instruction for children right in their very own neighborhoods.
Our classes offer students a safe space to explore the book arts and create books and prints alongside professional teaching artists. Printing Partners represent the diverse neighborhoods of our city, including: The Buffalo & Erie County Central Library, Journey’s End Refugee Services Making A Connection (MAC) Program, Locust Street Art, Seneca Babcock Community Center, and the Westside Art Strategy Happens (WASH) Project.
This year, our enhanced Printing Partners Program celebrates the Erie Canal Bicentennial–incorporating 4th Grade curriculum with the book arts, history, and photography as well as field trips to canal sites! The program brings together three WNY cultural institutions: Book Arts, Explore Buffalo, and CEPA Gallery. Through a generous New York State Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) grant, Canal Connections will strengthen the growth and development of our Printing Partners curriculum and offerings, enabling us to continue to employ professional artists, and impact more school children in our region.
Printing Partners is generously supported by New York State Council on the Arts, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, City of Buffalo, The County of Erie, M&T Bank, Art4Moore, The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, the Cameron & Jane Baird Foundation, and the Printing Industries Alliance. Please visit our Funders page to learn more.
Printing Partners & Canal Connections Book Arts classes are free of charge to all participants thanks to the support of our funders:
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