At Center for Book Arts, we understand and utilize the book arts as a medium and tool toward justice. We encourage and nurture the many voices, stories, and experiences that we each bring to the space. Your contribution to CBA is a catalyst toward the possibilities of liberation, transformation, and our ability to hold and embrace the multitude of processes related to the book as an art object. With every donation, membership, planned gift, or sponsorship, we are better equipped to uplift each other’s perspectives and sustain resources for our constellation of methodologies. Together, we can strengthen our programming and share in the practices that bind our community.

Center for Book Arts aims to serve as a beacon of all things book art: a space to make, learn, view, read, research, listen, and gather. Your donation to CBA will strengthen as well as widen reach and access to our exhibitions, courses, readings, presentations, and opportunities for visual and literary artists. Consider your gift an investment in the next generation of book arts practitioners and a commitment to keep book arts available and affordable.

Donate by phone (212) 481-0295
Or by mail by downloading and printing out the Annual Fund Reply Card, and sending with your check or credit card information to:

Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Fl
New York, NY 10001

Ray Johnson paper ephemera located in CBA’s archive

Become a Member

Enjoy the benefits of being a member of Center for Book Arts and providing foundational support for the work that we do. Whether it’s $5 per month or $1200 per year, every dollar helps us to uplift book arts and book artists and provide free and pay-as-you-wish programming all year round.

For artists, we offer the benefit of connection and network building for book artists and beyond. By joining as an artist member, you’ll have the option to be added to our Artist Member Registry, a growing web of members working in all disciplines, to promote resource and skill sharing across CBA’s community. Simply check the Artist box on our form when you join or renew.

Membership Benefits

NEW! We are delighted to announce reciprocal membership benefits with our friends at Manhattan Graphics Center, Austin Center for Book Arts, and the EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, including discounts on classes, merchandise, and studio time, to expand your book arts and related activities. 

$60/Year or $5/Month

  • 5% off Classes 
  • 10% off Book Shop
  • Discounted Studio Rental Rates
  • 10% off classes and Artist Sales at the Manhattan Graphics Center
  • 10% off classes at Austin Center for Book Arts
  • 10% off classes and the Workshop Store at EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop
  • CBA members may become Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop members at no additional fee and purchase hours to work in the printshop
  • $10 off Partner Level Member at Bibliographical Society of America
  • 5% off shop purchases at Western New York Book Arts Center
  • Discount member prices for virtual and in-person classes at Western New York Book Arts Center

$120/Year or $10/Month

  • All of the above, PLUS
  • Center for Book Arts Tote Bag (new design coming soon)

$240/Year or $20/Month

  • All of the above, PLUS
  • Access to Virtual Archive of Online Classes

$600/Year or $50/Month

  • All of the above, PLUS
  • Invitations for Two to Select Exhibition Previews and Receptions

$1200/Year or $100/Month

  • All of the above, PLUS
  • Year-Long Subscription to CBA’s artist designed and produced Exhibition Catalogs

(student and institutional memberships are available by emailing

Support Our Instructors

We believe artists deserve appropriate compensation for their time and labor.

Center for Book Arts is committed to fair compensation for the artists who are our instructors, curators, designers, jurists, and others. We tap into this network to keep our programmatic decisions rooted in our communities’ needs and perspectives and to empower —and grow— those in the book arts field. Your gift ensures dedicated funds to pay working artists a living wage.

Center for Book Arts, Incorporated 1974 is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please note that this contribution to the Center is for general operations (unless noted otherwise) and is not an annual membership gift.

Support our Collection

CBA’s historic and contemporary collection of approximately 3,000+ artists’ books and prints; reference books, periodicals and exhibition catalogues, and our institutional archive continues to grow and serve as a resource to the field. 

Every gift means we are better able to care for and store, catalog and share, preserve and celebrate these remarkable items. Adopt a book today!

Legacy Giving

Easily establish your book arts legacy by joining The Legacy Circle, the Center’s planned giving society.

Join The Legacy Circle and make the book arts part of your legacy. Ensure that the Center for Book Arts continues to be the hub of active and accessible explorations of the book as an art object. Legacy gifts establish a base for the book arts to continue to thrive as a tool and practice for action, and strengthen the long-term fiscal security and organizational stability of the Center, allowing us to best serve our growing community. There are three simple ways you can make a gift for the future of book arts.

Here’s how to name the Center for Book Arts as a beneficiary:
  1. Contact the administrator of your retirement plan, insurance policy, bank account, or donor advised fund for a change-of-beneficiary form or simply download a form from your provider’s website.
  2. Decide what percentage (1 to 100) you would like us to receive and name us, along with the percentage you chose, on the beneficiary form.
  3. Return the completed form to your plan administrator, insurance company, bank, or financial institution.

If you are 70½ years old or older, you can take advantage of a simple way to benefit the Center and receive tax benefits in return. You can give any amount up to $100,000 per year from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as ours without having to pay income taxes on the money. This popular gift option is commonly called the IRA charitable rollover, but you may also see it referred to as a qualified charitable distribution, or QCD for short.

Why do a QCD?

  1. Your gift will be put to use today, allowing you to see the difference your donation is making.
  2. You pay no income taxes on the gift. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you do not itemize your deductions.
  3. If you reached the age of 70½ on or before Dec. 31, 2019, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution for the year. If you turn 70½ on or after Jan. 1, 2020, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution starting at the age of 72. (Note: The RMD requirement has been waived for 2020, per the CARES Act signed into law on March 27, 2020.)
  4. Since the gift doesn’t count as income, it can reduce your annual income level. This may help lower your Medicare premiums and decrease the amount of Social Security that is subject to tax.

Ask your IRA administrator about making a direct transfer to the Center or have the administrator send a check from your account to us. (To be tax free, the donation must go directly from your account to the Center without passing through your hands.)

This may be done with the addition of one sentence

“I give to the Center for Book Arts, Federal Tax ID Number: 13-2842726, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 28 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001, or its successor thereto, __ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”

Contact Emily Miranker at with questions about establishing your book arts legacy by designating a gift to Center for Book Arts.

Information contained herein was accurate at the time of posting. The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in any examples are for illustrative purposes only. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. State law may further impact your individual results.

Corporate Sponsorship

Leverage the power of Center for Book Arts international reach to artists, scholars, collectors, and book lovers in over 75 countries, CBA presents over 50 artist’s talks and 150 courses in the history, theory, and techniques of book art per year. 

Center for Book Arts supports artists, curators, art historians, collectors and the public in order to build awareness for the book as an art object. With an international reach to artists, scholars, collectors, and book lovers in over 75 countries, CBA presents over 50 artist’s talks and 150 courses in the history, theory, and techniques of book art per year. Founded in 1974, our studios have provided much needed access to specialized book making equipment and tools through free artist residencies and affordable rentals in Manhattan’s FlatIron District. Currently our galleries hold three exhibitions focussing on graphic design, photography, and the human experience thorough books. And, with over 3000 artist’s books and 6000 reference books about the history of books, artists, scholars, collectors, and book lovers come from all over the world visit CBA to see a diverse range of book art in our collections and galleries. As the most well known nonprofit supporting artists making books, Center for Book Arts is dedicated to fostering a more equitable field for artists to experiment while also building connoisseurship among book collectors.

In 2021, CBA is seeking sponsorship in three areas:

  1. Educational Courses & Workshops
  2. Public Programs
  3. Book Art Review (quarterly critical theory publication)

Sponsor a Class

Each year CBA hosts over 150 courses in the history, theory, and techniques of book art by the best known practitioners in the world. An average class has 25 students and over 300 people view each class listing. By sponsoring a class at CBA you will not only be giving back to the art community, but connecting hundreds of artists with your brand. Sponsors are thanked for their generosity in at least 1 email going out to our list of 12k subscribers, a @mention on instagram or twitter, and permanent acknowledgement of their support on our website. Class sponsorship starts at $300. Email to learn more!

Sponsor a Public Program

CBA hosts over 50 public programs per year with up to 300 attendees, over 500 event page views, and an uncountable number of future online viewers tune in to watch the recordings of these events. Sponsors are thanked for their generosity in at least 1 email going out to our list of 12k subscribers, a @mention on instagram or twitter, permanent acknowledgement of their support on our website, and sponsor acknowledgement at the beginning and end of the program’s youtube video. Public program sponsorship starts at $800. Email to learn more!

Sponsor Book Art Review

The Book Art Review is part of CBA’s plan to make book art criticism more visible and more valuable, and to engage a diverse group of writers and readers. Book art production is more prolific than ever before, yet critical writing about book art and specifically about artist books lags far behind critical writing about other media. Few publications devote space to writing about book arts, and sponsorship helps us sustain a generous print space for the important and growing discourse around the book as an art object. Let’s raise the BAR together, and broaden the field of book art criticism. Consider sponsoring BAR at the following levels:

  • Feature Sponsor ($1200): Sponsor a feature length article in BAR, this level of sponsorship enables CBA to provide a fair wage for a writer to and infrastructure needed to support them
  • Interview Sponsor ($600): Sponsor an interview in BAR, provides a fair wage for an arts writer to interview an overlooked figure in the book arts
  • Review Sponsor ($300): Funds a review writer’s honoraria and to supports the editing, operating, and production costs of the journal

Sponsors receive: 

  • Acknowledgement and a permanent direct weblink to their site (over 120k visitors annually)
  • Acknowledgment in BAR print publication
  • •One year subscription to BAR

Make your tax-deductible donation now!

Our Supporters

In addition to the contributions of many generous individuals and members, Center for Book Arts acknowledges support from the following corporations and foundations. This list is current as of December 2015.

  • The Achelis & Bodman Foundations
  • The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • The Charina Foundation
  • The Chervenak-Nunallé Foundation
  • The Dedalus Foundation
  • The Elbert Lenrow Fund
  • The Furthermore Foundation
  • The Foundation for Contemporary Arts
  • The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
  • The Hyde & Watson Foundation
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • The Joan Mitchell Foundation
  • The J.M. Kaplan Fund
  • The Lily Auchincloss Foundation
  • The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
  • The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation
  • The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
  • The New York Community Trust
  • The New York Council for the Humanities
  • The Pine Tree Foundation of New York
  • Poets & Writers
  • The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
  • The Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • The Schoenheimer Foundation
  • The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation
  • The Thompson Family Foundation
  • The Wolf Kahn & Emily Mason Foundation

Center for Book Arts is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding for the Center for Book Arts Visual Arts and Literary programs is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts. CBA’s program marketing is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.

Center for Book Arts gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of its members and patrons.

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