What is the Mancos Common Press?
The Mancos Common Press was founded in 2013 to establish a center dedicated to the printer’s art while restoring and reusing the historic Mancos Times building as a new facility for students and graphic artists. The Mancos Times – Tribune was the town's first newspaper, founded in 1893, and in 1910 moved to its new home on Grand Avenue where it served as office and printing shop until the 1970s when the newspaper went to digital production. Today that building remains completely intact with its glass and ornamental pressed metal façade and its original interior and contents including a rare Cranston printing press, 19th century typesetter’s benches, boxes of metal type and image blocks, and a complete archive of original newspapers from 1910-2010.
What you can help us accomplish
Our Kickstarter campaign is set at $15,000 and is focused on the restoration of the building and press. In collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania the building has been thoroughly documented through photography and measured drawings, its contents have been inventoried, and the rare Cranston Press has been reconditioned and is now functional. Application has been made for a CO State Historical Grant, but a cash match is required for that in addition to necessary work that will not be covered by grant funds. Your pledge at any level will help us reach our initial goal of preserving and restoring the building and its contents. If we exceed our goal, additional funds will provide the impetus to carry us beyond to new classroom construction and programming.
The Town of Mancos is located in Southwest Colorado in the shadow of Mesa Verde National Park. The town itself is a small ranching community with a population of about 1300. Cattle drives still commonly move through downtown during the spring and fall. At the same time a thriving artists’ community has developed. Mancos offers and unusual and relaxing location for creative inspiration. The studio could foster work with conceptual themes specific to the town, the Four Corners region, and the larger culture of the Intermountain West.
Artist in Residence Program Using the current building and equipment, The Mancos Common Press will host an artist residency program. A chosen artist will have access to the Cranston press and other available equipment and use the space as their studio while in residence.
Studio Courses in Relief Printmaking Institutions could offer a summer studio class for credit in relief printmaking with an emphasis on letterpress printing techniques, the history of printing and commercial print processes, and the role of print media in contemporary design practices.
Community Art Center The Mancos Common Press will also serve as a community art center in Mancos. Programming in the space could include workshops, artist talks, gallery exhibitions, film screenings, public lectures and community programming including local/regional elementary and high school classes and a resource library. It will build community engagement and establish a presence in town.
Give $5 Get an MP3 download
Give $25 Get an etched glass mug with your choice of a logo or quote
Give $50 Get a MP3 download plus a T-shirt with your choice of a press logo or quote
Give $75 and get hand-printed note cards of birds of the Southwest
Give $125 and get an original Mono-Print
Give $1000 and get a one-of-a-kind ceramic plaque with your favorite quote
Risks and challenges
Our major obstacle is that we may not receive grant funds from the CO Historical Society. This will slow down restoration as we will have to seek private funds for the bulk of the restoration. We are a committed group and much of the restoration work will be done by UPenn and CU architectural students for credit, so efforts will definitely continue but at a slower pace as funding permits.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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