Workshop policies and FAQs

Workshop Policies and FAQs



How will I access the workshop?

Access the workshop online anywhere you have a strong Wi-Fi or data connection. Your personal living space is a great place to spread out with your device and materials needed for your workshop. Step-by-step instructions for accessing the workshop online will be sent to you after you register for the workshop.

How do I know what materials and tools are needed for the workshop?

Materials are listed with workshop descriptions online. Most materials can be sourced in your homes, along with emails for teaching artists who you may contact with questions about materials. You may also contact MCBA staff if you have questions regarding the materials, please email with Virtual Workshop Materials in the subject line.

What level of interaction is involved in the workshop?

MCBA’s virtual workshops are live. We encourage participants to share video and audio and participate in the workshop similarly as they do for in-person workshops: ask questions, connect with other participants. If you prefer, you’re also welcome to work without a camera.

Will I need to download any software?

You won’t need to download any software, but step-by-step instructions for accessing the workshop online will be sent to you after you register for the workshop.



How do I register for a workshop?
It is easy to register for workshops and Open Studio online. We strongly encourage you to create an account when registering online at checkout if you do not have one already. You must sign in to receive membership and applicable workshop discounts.

Registration is also available in person and over the phone by visiting The Shop at MCBA or by calling 612-215-2520. Please have your desired workshop title(s), dates, prices, and credit card information ready when you call. Registration is not complete until a full payment of both tuition and supply fees has been received.

Register early! Workshops can fill quickly or may be cancelled due to low enrollment.  Please know that registration automatically closes 72 hours prior to the beginning of each workshop.

How do I register using a gift certificate? 

To register for a workshop using a gift certificate, please email with the name of the workshop you’d like to take, the number on your gift certificate, and phone number. A staff member will contact you to process the registration.

What is included in my registration and supply fee? 

Supply fees cover workshop materials and expendable studio supplies such as solvents, rags, waste disposal, safety supplies, and small tools. Tax is applied to supply fees.

Tuition for multi-session adult classes includes access during Open Studios on Tuesdays from 4-9pm during the weeks that your class takes place. Current enrollees should call The Shop to reserve studios or equipment free of charge during that time. Participants must have adequate training to work independently in the area(s) they wish to utilize.

Are youth (under the age of 18) able to take workshops for adults?
To register for an adult workshop, individuals must be 18 years of age or older. People under the age of 18 may attend adult workshops with a parent or guardian who is also registered to attend the workshop, but it is recommended that youth be 15 or older.

Can kids attend youth/family workshops on their own?
Family workshops are for children to attend with their adults. Youth workshops are designed for kids to participate with other kids. For youth workshops, we ask that parents and guardians drop off and pick up kids promptly as we do not have staff available to attend to children outside of the scheduled workshop time.

Can I cancel my registration?
Requests to withdraw from a workshop can be processed by contacting The Shop at MCBA by emailing or by calling 612-215-2520.

      • Withdrawals 15 or more days before the beginning of a workshop will receive a full refund of tuition and supply fee, minus a $25 processing charge.
      • Withdrawals 4-14 days prior to the workshop will receive a 50% refund of tuition and supply fee, minus a $25 processing charge.
      • No refunds are possible for withdrawals 3 or fewer days in advance of the first day of class, or for no-shows.
      • Registrations are non-transferable and MCBA does not issue credits.
      • Exceptions to this policy are only made for documented medical emergencies.

When will I find out if my workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment?
While MCBA makes every effort to ensure workshops run as scheduled, MCBA reserves the right to cancel a workshop if enrollment has not reached the required minimum. Registrants will be notified via email if a workshop is cancelled at least three days before the start date. Registered participants will receive a full refund of tuition and supply fee.

Are workshops cancelled in bad weather?
On very rare occasions, workshops are cancelled due to inclement weather for the safety of staff, teaching artists, and participants. If MCBA closes or workshops are cancelled, a notice will be posted on our website and participants will be notified by phone and email. We make decisions about whether or not to cancel workshops based on conversations with Open Book partners and by watching local universities for cancellations. An announcement on MCBA’s website will confirm cancellations by 3pm weekdays and 8:30am on weekends.

What happens if I miss a session of a multi-week workshop?
It is the participant’s responsibility to attend each session of a multi-session workshop and to manage personal scheduling conflicts. MCBA and MCBA instructors do not offer make-up sessions or phone/email consultations for any missed workshop session. If a participant misses a workshop, they may make up what was missed in that session by scheduling a tutorial before the next session of the workshop (pending instructor availability). To schedule at tutorial, email If you need to cancel your workshop registration, please refer to “Can I cancel my registration?” above.



Is MCBA ADA accessible?
Accessibility accommodations are available for all MCBA programs. If particular accommodations may impact your participation, please inform MCBA as early as possible by emailing Anna Bredeson, Director of Programs (

When should I arrive for a workshop?
Please arrive at least ten minutes before your workshop starts. Instructors prepare the studio for workshops early. If you arrive 15 minutes or more in advance, feel free to peruse the studios, gallery, library, and The Shop at MCBA!

Are there breaks during workshops?
Most workshops scheduled over lunch allow for up to a one hour break. MCBA has a small refrigerator for storage of a bag lunch; alternatives include the cafe located in the Open Book lobby, or numerous restaurants within walking distance.

What should I bring to a workshop?
Usually, all materials are provided. On occasion an instructor will request that participants bring something to workshop. This information is included in the workshop description online.

What should I wear to a workshop?
While MCBA provides aprons and gloves for inky processes, please dress for mess and leave your nice clothes at home. Below is a general list of how to dress for our studios:

    • Jeans, t-shirt, and supportive footwear suggested
    • An extra pair of shoes or galoshes for papermaking
    • No loose clothing or accessories
    • No open-toed shoes
    • Be prepared to tie back long hair
    • Long pants suggested

Can I bring a project I want to create to a workshop?
As part of the learning process, participants may have the opportunity to incorporate their own content in workshop projects. Participants are welcome to bring ideas and drawings to workshop with this in mind, but do not expect to create a particular project unless that is specifically stated in the workshop description. For those with self-driven projects in mind, we encourage you to return to MCBA after completing workshops required for proficiency to create your project. Please refer to MCBA’s Open Studio, Artist Cooperative, and studio rental pages for information on how to access MCBA’s studios.

Can I take photos or videos during a workshop?
At the discretion of the instructor, participants may take a photo of in-progress work as long as it does not disrupt or slow down the workshop. Photos may not include other workshop participants or the instructor. We welcome you to post photos of your work and MCBA’s studios on social media and tag @mnbookarts!

Under no circumstances should audio or video be published online without prior authorization by MCBA. Video recording of workshop content is prohibited unless authorized by the workshop’s instructor.

What is the Book Art Certificate? How do I enroll?
The Book Arts Certificate is designed to provide a path for education in book arts and to recognize individuals who have taken significant coursework at MCBA. Enrollees in the Certificate are eligible to receive early registration discounts on tuition for adult workshops. To learn more, please visit the Book Art Certificate page.

Can I take MCBA’s workshops for CEUs?
Yes! Teachers may take MCBA’s workshops for continuing education credit. Please email your requests for certificates to in advance of the workshop’s start date.

Photo Release
By registering for a workshop, participants (and parents/guardians of participants who are minors) agree to grant MCBA permission to use photographs and/or video of participants taken during workshops in publications, news releases, online, and in other communications related to the mission of Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

Liability Waiver
Bookbinding, printing, and papermaking equipment is potentially dangerous. No one should use any equipment or tools without proper training. By registering for a workshop, participants (and parents/guardians of participants who are minors) agree to hold harmless Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Board of Directors, staff, and teaching artists.

MCBA is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal belongings or artwork.



How do I get to MCBA and is there parking? Hotel accommodations?
For information on how to get to MCBA, parking, and hotel accommodations, please see our Visit us page. Please allow for extra time to get here as other events in the Open Book building and downtown area may cause heavy traffic and parking restrictions.