My proposed project, Hartford Prints!, will be a letterpress and book binding studio. Over half of my budget will go towards hiring ten students from my alma mater, Hartford Public High School (the second oldest high school in the country), who will learn from and work with me in the studio. The intention is to create ephemera such as blank books, greeting cards, buttons, prints, and more that all promote the city of Hartford. These items will then be donated to Hartford area institutions such as the Mark Twain House, the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Old State House, and coffee houses, etc. It is hoped that these institutions will be able to sell our work with a 100% profit for themselves. There will also be open studio events, workshops, and exhibitions to educate the public about Hartford Prints! and further Hartford pride.
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