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Building More in 2024!

Try to set aside the fears and sadnesses of the world for a moment to share and enjoy this dream with me: Just over seven years ago Sara Friedman and I, Johnny Carrera, sat down to lunch and talked about starting a book arts center in Frederick - something that had been idle talk two years before when we had first met.


During Artomatic we found people who understood and shared the dream and together we formed FBAC. While we were making plans for a book arts center, Sara was searching all over Frederick and found the lovely building we have been enjoying these past five years. Everyone agrees the space has been amazing, but she and I both dreamed of something permanent in Frederick with a darkroom and gallery and a real bookbinding space. Soon we will all be able to set foot in this dream book arts center!

Our plan is to make FBAC one of the premier Book Art Centers in the country. And why not? Soon we will have facilities that any instructor will want to come teach in and book artists will be thrilled to use. We all want to have a piece of investment in FBAC.

Our annual campaign is also a capital campaign this year as we are in need of raising funds for chairs, workbenches, display cabinets, bookshelves, and a second risograph drum so we can print in two colors, but if we go beyond our goal we will use money to pay staff better wages for more hours and to relaunch our youth printing program.

FBAC Appreciates your donations and offer the gifts below as a

thank you for your contributions.


(donations received before January 31 are eligible for gift levels) 

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  • $1-99.00: Personalized Thank You letter and FBAC sticker

  • $100: "Building More In 2024" Commemorative T-shirt (available in sizes S-4XL)

  • $250: Commemorative Apron or  Commemorative T-shirt and a special invitation to a tour and party of our new building on February 10th, 2024

  • $500:  Everything in $250 level- plus your name engraved on one of our chairs - a permanent fixture of FBAC

  • $1,000: Everything in $500 level- plus a signed and numbered limited edition print created by FBAC Staff

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