News of the Grabhorn Institute
The Grabhorn Institute is the nonprofit umbrella over Arion Press and M & H Type, engaged in education and preservation efforts. Our programs include a lecture series, exhibitions, tours of the production facility, and apprenticeships in typecasting, letterpress printing, and book binding. Here is the 2015 Report Letter to supporters summarizing some of the Institute's many recent activities.
NEWS OF THE GRABHORN INSTITUTE AND ARION PRESS 2015
Dear Friends: 17 December 2015
In these times, we rely on the support of foundations and individuals to sustain this literally unique cultural resource, the historic printing facility at Arion Press.
Designated “an irreplaceable cultural treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, we practice the centuries-old crafts of fine bookmaking, the legacy of Gutenberg, from start to finish, from the casting of type in our foundry, through letterpress printing, through the design and creation of the bookbindings. The results are books made at the highest level of craft and illustrated by today’s most respected artists and photographers, such as William Kentridge, Kara Walker, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell, Kiki Smith, Martin Puryear, Alex Katz, Stephen Shore, and Julie Mehretu.
Arion Press is open to the public every weekday and for regular tours and free evening programs. Our apprenticeships, school tours, crafts demonstrations, and lecture and exhibition series now involve more than 4,500 people annually, including students at all levels.
In the year ahead, we will need your help, in particular, to maintain our apprenticeships and to compensate for cancelled subscriptions at public libraries and state universities. You can take pride in such recent accomplishments as:
We cannot relax our efforts to sustain this one-of-a kind arts facility for use by future generations. Please accept our thanks and consider a meaningful tax-deductible donation before the end of 2015.
To contribute, please print, fill in, and mail a contribution form:
1802 Hays Street, The Presidio, San Francisco, California 94129