Founded in 1976, the Washington Calligraphers Guild is a nonprofit organization of 550 U.S. and international lettering artists of all skill levels, from professional scribes to enthusiastic beginners and non-calligraphers who appreciate the lettering and book arts.
Carrie Imai will present a program on Friday, Sept. 26. Free and open to all.
The word calligraphy comes from
the Greek kalli meaning beautiful and graphia referring
to writing, and calligraphers today still emulate the elegant
letterforms of scribes throughout the centuries. Even in an age
of computer-generated type, this ancient craft is flourishing, but
it is also evolving. Calligraphy is now a respected visual art,
the creative expression of the written word.
Many elementary schools across the United States have dropped cursive instruction. Watch the PBS Newshour report Is cursive handwriting slowly dying out in America? featuring WCG member Shane Perry, a calligraphy instructor at the Smithsonian Institution.