This is a key moment to begin an improvement and expansion campaign to strengthen the Museum and prepare it for the future. Over the next few years, the Anniversary Building Campaign will raise the funds needed to improve the Museum, expand the exhibits, and establish a Building & Operations Fund to insure the Printing Museum’s future.
The full Press Run Campaign will raise the sums necessary to underwrite the exhibits and galleries of the Printing Museum and establish the Printing Museum as a permanent cultural destination in Southern California.
The planned expanded exhibit space will double the Museum’s public exhibit and allow us to develop new displays and programs we have not yet explored, including current and future graphic arts technology. A proposed exhibit, From Stone to the Digital Dot, will showcase and explore the rich heritage and future of graphic arts technology. In keeping with the Museum’s philosophy of working, engaging exhibits and presentations, this new exhibit will involve visitors in hands-on experiences, helping to shape their understanding of the importance of printing and graphics to our modern world.
With the growth of our signature public events and celebrations each quarter, the Printing Museum is regularly at full capacity, limiting the number of people who can attend. In the new, expanded space, we will be building a larger Heritage Theatre that will seat 130 people, allowing an increase in our popular events, including Dickens Day, Independence Day Celebration, Los Angeles Printers Fair, as well as larger school tours.
Two new curriculum-based tours and exhibits for schools will be developed. One will be for 4th grade California State History, and the other for 6th grade Ancient World History. Both will use the Museum’s broad collection as a springboard for learning, with graphic arts and printing as a unique backbone for each presentations.
After the new Heritage Theatre is built in the expansion space, our existing theatre will be converted to The Gallery of the Graphic Arts, a rotating exhibit gallery to highlight the riches of the Museum’s collections books found in our Museum Research Library & Archives. With this rotating gallery we will be able to have special presentations, events and lectures throughout the year, attracting professionals, scholars and artistic audiences to enjoy the Printing Museum.
The Museum’s Book Arts Institute will be enlarged in the rear annex building, allowing for more organized and larger classes on printing processes and the book arts. With the growing interest in book arts and the revival of letterpress printing and printmaking, the Printing Museum is positioned to become one of the signature books arts institutions in the country.
Finally, we will be creating the Museum Letterpress Mercantile & Supply Store that will focus on selling Museum-created keepsakes, letterpress prints and posters, and T-shirts, as well as surplus artifacts, tools, presses and printer’s supplies found in the Museum’s extensive warehouse. The revenue will support our growing educational programs.
Click HERE for a flyer about the building campaign
(Slide show courtesy of Docent Dick Granoff)