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Minnesota Center for Book Arts invites teaching artists who practice letterpress printing, papermaking, paper decoration, bookbinding, screen printing, design, and related arts to submit proposals for workshops.

MCBA offers workshops in three sessions each year: Winter (Jan-Apr), Summer (May-Aug), and Fall (Sep-Dec). We accept proposals three times a year with deadlines for each session occurring about four months prior to the start of the session. The deadline to submit workshop proposals for Fall 2020 is April 26th. 

Please note: If submitting multiple workshops, feel free to use shortcuts when submitting subsequent proposals such as "see previous proposal" for fields requesting contact information, website, and bios.

What we're looking for:
We are always looking for new, inventive, and diverse proposals for workshops. Workshops are selected based on current programmatic needs, while seeking to cover a variety of core book-related processes for a range of learners from beginner to seasoned practitioner. 

Feel free to reach out prior to writing a proposal by emailing abredeson@mnbookarts.org (adult workshops) and sdeweese@mnbookarts.org (youth/family workshops), with a title and description of your workshop.

  • Workshops for adults (18+) on weekday evenings and weekends that vary in duration (anywhere from 2-18 hours). There is demand for short (2-6 hours), project-based workshops for beginners. There is also interest in advanced workshops that introduce new, specialized techniques. Past participants have expressed interest in the following topics: zines, sculptural book structures, sculptural techniques in papermaking, unique bindings, interdisciplinary workshops, making artists' books, book and page design, leather binding and tooling, book preservation and repair, and calligraphy.
  • Dirty Works (18+) workshops that are 2-hrs on Friday nights. These workshops are project-based and focus on beginners.
  • Workshops for youth (ages 6-8, 9-12, 13-17) during school holidays (i.e. Minnesota Educator Academy, Presidents' Day). These workshops should be a full day in length to offer childcare and should keep breaks and movement in mind.
  • Workshops for families on weekend afternoons. Workshops with seasonal themes do well with our audiences, and 2 or 3 hours is an ideal length.
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