MCBA is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a free open house this Saturday, June 25, from 10 am through 4 pm at 11011 Washington Ave. S. Sure to be fun for the whole family.
Per the MCBA website:
Drop-in activities, ongoing throughout the day:
Make a commemorative “pressure print” on the Vandercook press celebrating MCBA’s 25th. Then use the print as the cover of your own pamphlet-stitch book! (all ages)
Make your own sheet of handmade paper, in fun shapes like a fish, a lizard, or even your own hand! (all ages)
Print your own commemorative bookmark with wood and metal type on the Vandercook letterpress (all ages)
Check out professional artists demonstrating some of the fun things you can learn to make in MCBA’s studios, like handmade marbled paper! (all ages)
Take a guided tour of MCBA’s home, the beautiful Open Book building — a century-old warehouse with many secrets and surprises still intact!
10am-12:30pm: Read a birthday story together, then construct a birthday cake book! (for preschoolers and families)
10am-12:45pm: Learn about book repair and conservation of books and family documents (for adults)
1-4pm: Make your own mini-comic with artists from the International Cartoonist Conspiracy, and get a personalized caricature! (for tweens and teens)
3pm: Join MCBA Artistic Director Jeff Rathermel for a trip back in time — 25 Years of MCBA Publications, a hands-on look at publications and artists’ books created at MCBA. The presentation will include Winter Books, collaborative broadsides, work by past Jerome artists and other treasures from the archives.