A special message from
Dear CBA Website Visitor,
If you have not been to the Center for Book Arts recently you might be surprised. Celebrating 30 years, the Center has realized many goals, including owning our own facility, offering master classes with noted visiting luminaries, and enhancing our literary programs. But, there is still so much to be done. Your participation is crucial, now more than ever, to our continued success. I hope you will join me in celebrating this milestone by making a special contribution to the Center's End-of-the-Year Appeal: Celebrating 30 Years
This is an extremely difficult financial time of the year, especially for small arts organizations like The Center for Book Arts. During the period between our fall and winter classes there is little tuition income. At this time we have to cover the production and mailing costs of our Winter/Spring Program Schedule and perform workshop maintenance to ensure all the equipment is in excellent condition for the coming year.
With your support, we will continue to keep the Center's studios accessible to the many artists we serve and to improve the quality of programming being offered, from courses to lectures, and from literary events to opportunities for artists. One immediate goal for the upcoming year is to improve the physical conditions of the gallery.
Another key aspect of the Center's priorities is to provide creative guidance to artists who use our facility. In doing so, Barbara Henry will supervise our Jane Meade Timken Printshop. Barbara came to us after 20 years of managing the South Street Seaport's Bowne & Co. letterpress facility. Barbara will be on-site providing input to many artists seeking assistance to create meaningful work.
Additionally, the Center is committed to producing a limited edition artist book on an annual basis. Barbara Henry is now printing our forthcoming publication, New World Suite Number Three, a marvelous book by Robert Bringhurst, with a structure designed by Hedi Kyle. This polyphonic poem for three voices is printed from Monotype and hand set type in three colors. The work consists of four volumes in one binding that opens to form lecterns for the readers.
We have an exciting exhibition season coming up, including View from Venice: Selections from the Collection of Matilde Dolcetti at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venezia (January 2005), our special 30th Anniversary exhibition (April 2005), and Paris/NYC Printmaking Exchange (October 2005). Our online interactive archive includes over 100 exhibitions that we have mounted during the past 30 years. The site is currently serving over 6,000 users per week.
Your support is vital to sustain the Center's exciting and innovative programs. Our Workspace Artist-in-Residence Program for emerging artists exposes a new generation of creative talents to traditional bookmaking practices. The New York State Council on the Arts helps support this series, and continues to support our Broadside Poetry Reading series. We have also launched a new Letterpress Printing and Fine Press Publishing Seminar for Emerging Writers that is made possible with assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts. Our Letterpress Chapbook Competition is being featured at the Associated Writers Program annual convention in Vancouver, Canada in March 2005. This renowned competition is in its tenth year, and over 600 poets submit entries annually.
We are planning a myriad of diverse events for 2005 that will feature distinguished artists, scholars, and instructors. We will soon be unveiling our new website design, with online course registration and an online bookstore where you can order our publications, including artists' books, chapbooks, broadsides, and exhibition catalogues.
The Center has maintained the region's finest Book Art workshop, gallery, and educational facility since 1974. We pioneered the concept of bringing together the best instincts and talents of artists and artisans, and fostering innovation from tradition. Please help our dedicated staff continue this commitment to excellence.
As the Center enters its fourth decade, I am both honored and excited to be serving as the Executive Director during this landmark 30th Anniversary year. Our campaign goal is to raise $80,000 in personal contributions. Please help the Center achieve this goal by making a tax-deductible contribution of any size to our End-of-the-Year Appeal: Celebrating 30 Years! Your donation makes a difference and is tax-deductible.
The Board of Directors
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