Class Poster: Power of the Press

$200 for tour, lesson, and 35 prints
or FREE for schools where 75% or more of the students are eligible for free/reduced-price lunch

Learn about the history and power of the printing press as a tool for sharing knowledge, and witness the press printing a message of your choice! 

First, your class can compose or select a short message of up to 6 words (this could be a protest poster, a class quote, etc.). MCBA artists will handset type with your message and print an edition so that each student and teacher will get a copy. Along with your set of posters, your class will also receive a virtual tour of MCBA studios and a video demo of an artist setting type by hand, inking rollers on the Vandercook press, and printing multiples.

This virtual workshop is recommended for grades 3–12. To bring this program to your community, please fill out this form.

Installation Opportunity!

Posters printed in the Power of the Press program before March 28 will have the opportunity to be featured in the Outlook Gallery at MCBA! From April 2–May 12, 2021, selected posters will be displayed in the windows for pedestrians, commuters, and cyclists to see.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts’s Outlook Gallery is a unique 14′ tall by 4.5′ wide window gallery space at the front of the Open Book Building, designed to engage and delight pedestrians, commuters, and cyclists along Washington Avenue. It is visible day and night to hundreds of passersby in a vibrant area of Downtown Minneapolis, close to the Stone Arch Bridge, Guthrie Theater, Mill City Museum, the University of Minnesota, Light Rail Station, and US Bank Stadium. The Outlook Gallery fosters community engagement through artwork to inspire an appreciation for creativity, curiosity, and place.

Consider Donating

If you would like to help defray the material costs of this program and inspire young people of all backgrounds to see themselves reflected in the book arts, please consider donating here.