Student-Run Business Teaches Creative Skills in Muncie, IN

Book Arts Collaborative provides practical printing experience and more.

By
Kevin Litwin
On Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 10:21
East Central Indiana

“Book smart” takes on a whole new meaning at the Book Arts Collaborative (BAC) in Muncie, IN, a bookbinding business managed by college students that offers the public and Ball State University students courses in letterpress printing and bookbinding, among other things.

The BAC, which was founded in 2016, is headquartered at a coworking space downtown called Madjax. Participants are able to make their own unique posters, brochures, greeting cards, fraternity/sorority newsletters, business cards, coasters and even attractive hand-sewn bindings for personal journals and books.

No experience is required, and BAC officials say everyone walks away from any short course with some practical printing experience and a bag full of “hot off the press” artistic printed materials.

Each year, the BAC staff prints, binds and publishes a chosen area artist’s book that is then released at the organization’s a annual Interrobang Wayzgoose book arts festival in April.

Plus, BAC staff member creations can be found across the region at specialty retailers like Art Mart, Gordy Fine Art & Framing, Olive & Slate, the Orchard Shop, Tribune Showprint as well as Artifacts Gallery in Indianapolis.

Find more about the BAC here.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.