The WNY Book Arts Center (aka “Book Arts”) has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Grant to Art Projects fund to support “Printing Partners,” our signature youth arts program. Launched in 2018, Printing Partners provides underserved Buffalo youths (K-12) with free arts classes in printmaking and book arts at neighborhood centers within walking distance of their homes.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to support a wide range of projects, demonstrating the many ways the arts enrich our lives and contribute to healthy and thriving communities,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD.

“These organizations play an important role in advancing the creative vitality of our nation and helping to ensure that all people can benefit from arts, culture, and design.”

Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) is the National Endowment for the Arts’ largest grants program for organizations. Matching grants range from $10,000 to $100,000, and are recommended for organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. In July 2022, 1,927 eligible applications were received requesting more than $98 million in FY23 support. This round, 1,129 projects are approved for funding totaling more than $31 million.

Support from the NEA will enable Book Arts to partner with local organizations, provide professional teaching opportunities for local artists, and provide our city’s most underserved youths with access to free, high quality extracurricular arts learning opportunities.

Established in 2008, Book Arts is located in downtown Buffalo, along the city’s “Literary Corridor.” With a mission to promote a greater understanding of printing and book-related arts through education, creation, and exhibition for a broad and diverse community, Book Arts serves upwards of 10,000 individuals each year via exhibitions, artist residencies, youth and adult workshops, community demos and via our onsite and online commissioned artist markets.