HANCOCK - In an age full of digital books and magazines, the Copper Country Community Arts Center is offering a Book Arts Camp in August.
After receiving a grant from the New Leaders Arts Council of Michigan, an advisory council of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the camp will teach children 9 to 12 years old the skills of paper making, book binding, block printing, magazine creation, altered books, letter press and others.
"This is the first time we've offered (the camp)," CCCAC Executive Director Cynthia Cote said. "We were one of 13 organizations funded throughout the state, so we're pretty honored to have received the grant."
For the camp, the CCCAC is bringing out letter press equipment it has had in storage for 10 years, according to Cote. Helping the arts center out with the press is Bruce Crossing resident Ed Burroughs, who owns an old letter press of his own and plans to open a museum soon celebrating the art of print.
"Burroughs is kind of mentoring us along the way with the letter press," Cote said. "He is also interested in outreach to area youth, a mission that is paramount to the community art center's goals."
The camp intends to teach children the many steps involved in creating books without much technological help.
"We won't be using computers at all," Cote said. "We're really leaning toward handmade books and handset type.
"We're excited about bridging the technology and getting younger kids interested in the machines of antiquity, and how wonderful it is to work man and machine together."
Parents of children interested in the camp should contact the arts center at 482-2333, as the registration deadline is Friday.
"It's actually an application process," Cote said. "We have a brochure the kid writes a little essay from. We want to make sure kids are up for the challenge and interested in the process."