As a member of Minnesota Center for Book Arts, you belong to a community invested in the book.

MCBA members receive a variety of discounts and benefits designed to deepen your engagement with the artform.

  • 10% discount on class and workshop tuition
  • 10% discount on equipment and studio rentals
  • 10% discount on most purchases at The Shop at MCBA
  • Printed invitations to all exhibition openings, programs and special members-only events
  • Recognition in MCBA’s annual report
  • Partner benefits at other Twin Cities arts organizations, such as summer camp and membership discounts*

Consider becoming a Sustaining Member! This option allows you to easily divide your annual membership contribution into small monthly gifts. Becoming a sustaining member is:

  • convenient — contributions are automatically deducted from a credit card or bank account;
  • easy on your budget — sustaining membership spreads out your contribution over time;
  • efficient — more of your gift will go directly to programming, by avoiding the expenses of sending out renewals and reminders.

Online memberships are processed securely through Vanco.

MCBA’s membership and giving levels are listed below; all members and donors receive the discounts and benefits mentioned above, plus additional benefits and opportunities according to giving level. If you’re more of a visual person (like us), we’ve prepared a handy chart for you; simply click the thumbnail image at the left to see a bigger version.



Student Membership

Available in-person only; students must show valid ID at The Shop

Individual Membership

$48 ($4 per month)

Household Membership

$72 ($6 per month)
Benefits for up to two adults, plus children (at the same address)

Friend Membership

$120 ($10 per month)
Household member benefits, plus:
■ Limited edition, hand-printed note cards

Giving Circles:

Patron’s Circle

$300 ($25 per month)
Friend level benefits, plus:
■ Invitation to special preview receptions for Winter Book Publication Party and annual Evening of Fine Wine and Fine Books, with Executive Director, MCBA Board and artists

Founder’s Circle

$600 ($50 per month)
Patron’s Circle benefits, plus:
■ Invitation to MCBA’s annual Founders & Friends luncheon

Collector’s Circle

$1,200 ($100 per month)
Founder’s Circle benefits, plus:
■ Limited edition print created by MCBA Artist-in-Residence, faculty artist, Artist Co-op member


Ambassador’s Circle

$2,400 ($200 per month)
Collector’s Circle benefits, plus:
■ MCBA’s Executive Director and Board Chair welcome you and your guests to a personal exhibition and studio tour, followed by refreshments

Benefactor’s Circle

$4,800 ($400 per month)
Ambassador’s Circle benefits, plus:
■ Complimentary standard edition Winter Book
■ Two V.I.P. invitations to The MCBA Prize Gala (held in odd-numbered years) or MCBA’s Bookish Bash (held in even-numbered years)

Director’s Circle

$9,600 ($800 per month) and up
Benefactor’s Circle benefits, plus:
■ Complimentary deluxe edition Winter Book
■ Use of MCBA’s spacious studios and gallery for a private event
Please call MCBA’s Development Director at 612-215-2531 for further information about donating at this level or above.


* Partner organization benefits vary. Examples include:
Summer camps: MCBA members qualify for member discount when registering for MCBA partnership camps, including Culture Camp, 5 Centers for Art camps, Arts on the River camps, and others. When registering for one of these camps through a different organization, be sure to mention your MCBA membership status to receive your discount.
The Loft Literary Center: MCBA members qualify for Loft member pricing when registering for MCBA / Loft writing and book arts combo camps or classes.
Walker Art Center: MCBA members qualify for a discount when purchasing a WAC membership; call the Walker box office or membership office for details. Walker Art Center members, see your Walker membership materials for information about discounted MCBA membership prices.
AIGA Minnesota: AIGA members, see your membership materials for information about reciprocal member benefits at MCBA.
Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM): MCBA members qualify for a discount when purchasing a WARM membership; please visit for details. WARM members, see your membership materials for information about discounted MCBA membership prices.