Past Printing Partners
The Western New York Book Arts Center is proud to have participated in a number of competitive grant-funded programs. To name just a few:
Lincoln Center Education Teaching Artist Labs
In the Spring of 2018, Book Arts hosted the Lincoln Center Education Teaching Artist Labs, two three-day professional development workshops focusing on enrichment for emerging teaching artists in Western New York, and those more established in their careers. The Labs focused on offering hands-on curriculum building and scaffolding lessons based on the Lincoln Center model of teaching, and were a collaborative effort between Lincoln Center Education, an internationally recognized center for arts and education headquartered in New York City, an a collective of WNY non-profits including Just Buffalo Literary Center, Young Audiences of WNY, and the Western New York Book Arts Center. As a continuation of this program, the Teaching Artist Labs will be hosted at Book Arts in Fall 2019, this time providing an opportunity for local teaching artists to attend specialized Lincoln Center Education training in NYC and co-lead the labs in Buffalo, promoting sustainability of our teaching artists’ success in WNY. The Teaching Artist Labs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), with the support of Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.
Young Audiences of WNY ArtWorks Program
Working with the Young Audiences of WNY and local teaching artists, Book Arts has been a part of this dynamic program multiple times over the past 5 years. The program successfully pays area teens in a 6-week summer employment placement, where they learn career skills while creating high-quality art! Youth work alongside a master teaching artist (in this case, the Book Arts team) to learn and create salable products and engage in meaningful community art projects.
Awarded a New York State Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Grant, Book Arts was able to hire 2 apprentices from the region for a year between March 2018 and March 2019 to help artists develop artistic book arts & non-profit management skills, and support our growing organization! Throughout this time, the apprentices worked with staff and guest artists to learn and teach the craft of letterpress, screen print, and bookbinding, as well as help lead certain facets of the organization. Now that the program is complete, the apprentices maintain their connection to Book Arts by occasionally leading classes, creating artwork in our studios, and volunteering at Book Arts events. More about our 2018 apprentices can be found on our blog. (LINK TO BLOG ABOUT APPRENTICES)