The mission of Austin Book Arts Center is to engage people of all ages in creative, interpretive, and educational experiences related to the arts of the book.
ABAC celebrates the time-honored traditions and ongoing relevance of the printed book. We envision a future where books continue to play an important role in our everyday lives. Our children and grandchildren will share with us the delight in the tactile experience of holding a book in our hands and turning the pages.
ABAC offers a full schedule of workshops throughout the year in letterpress printing, bookbinding, decorative paper making, typography, calligraphy, book history and design, and various arts of the book. All workshops are "hands-on" and are appropriate for beginners, artists, and anyone interested in exploring the arts of the book.
In addition, ABAC provides access to the traditional tools and equipment used in book production through its Open Studio program. ABAC is home to a fully-equipped bindery and letterpress printshop, enabling students and artists to create books and printed materials, thus preserving historical crafts for future generations.
ABAC's core programming also involves Children's Bookmaking Workshops and Teacher Trainings. ABAC partners with literacy organizations, summer camps, and primary and secondary schools to provide bookbinding, printing, and paper making workshops. ABAC offers workshops for teachers, where educators learn to create simple, age-appropriate bindings they can teach in their classrooms. Through these workshops, ABAC presents an opportunity for children to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the art of the book in our increasingly digital environment.
Currently located at Flatbed Press World Headquarters in East Austin. ABAC will embark on a search for a new home in 2018. Due to the success over the last three years, the Austin Book Arts Center has outgrown the current space. A major fundraising campaign will unfold this year. We encourage those who are interested in keeping the book arts alive to stay tuned to developments.
Impact StatementAre books important to you? We believe that the art of making books will remain a vital, engaging, and richly rewarding experience with deep ties to the enduring values of literacy, education, and cultural enrichment. Hands-on construction creates unforgettable experiences that last a lifetime. In an era of digital information, the Austin Book Arts Center will ensure that persons of all ages will continue to know the sensory pleasures of beautiful hand-made books and printed materials, the prime medium of recorded literature, history, and other verbal expression for thousands of years.
Your support enables ABAC to:
1). Conduct at least 20 Children's Bookmaking Workshops and 10 Teacher Trainings in 2018.
2). Purchase the necessary materials for workshops, including board, paper, cloth, adhesives, etc, as well as invest in proper equipment, such as moulds and deckles for paper making.
3). Cultivate and maintain meaningful relationships with area schools and nonprofits, as well as contract with instructors, who are accomplished artists and experienced professionals, to develop book arts related curricula for children and teachers.
Needs StatementShow your support of books!
What your donation provides:
$25 - Cost of materials for one Teacher Training or Children's Bookmaking Workshop.
$50 - Helps to cover the costs of outfitting the Studios (ex: equipment for paper making; plates, inks, solvents, rags for printing; glue, board, paper, and cloth for bookbinding).
$100 - Instructor fees for one Teacher Training or Children's Bookmaking Workshop.
$250 - Tuition for 25 students for a Children's Bookmaking Workshop.
"First class here at ABAC. I'm hooked!" - Student, Hot Foil Stamping
"I always leave feeling satisfied and accomplished." - Student, Binding a Classic Hardcover Book
"The class was just what I was looking for." - Student, Binding a Classic Hardcover Book
"Great opportunity for a beginner." - Student, Basic Book Repair and Preservation
"I feel so lucky to have ABAC in my city." - Student, Paper Marbling