OICA is Establishing Historically Significant Letterpress Studio

(4-20-10) A nearly $70,000 grant from Cherokee Preservation Foundation is enabling the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts (OICA) to purchase a vintage letterpress and cast new type-sets that will consist of the 85 characters of the Cherokee syllabary (originally there were 86). Art students will then learn how to operate the press and begin producing printed materials for use in the Cherokee language preservation program.

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