In 2012, NBSS initiated a new funding platform that provides a 'full-ride' scholarship to qualified students from greater Boston who experience significant barriers to employment. In the time since it was implemented, the NBSS Workforce Development Initiative (WDI) has helped nearly three dozen NBSS students train for high-paying jobs.
When one of the nation's premier museums of American decorative arts wants to include your work in a special exhibition, you're doing something right. If you're furniture maker, carpenter, and NBSS alumnus Rob McKeown CF '88, that something may be more like everything. The Garden at Winterthur Museum now features fanciful architectural structures called "follies," and two were designed and built by Rob.
On Thursday, May 9, the NBSS community kicked off our 20th Annual Celebration of Craft with a fun and lively Opening Party. Guests enjoyed our expansive Student & Alumni Exhibit, special program demonstrations, live music, and great conversation with friends. View photos from the evening and read a transcript of the Opening Party Remarks and Stories here.
North Bennet Street School recently hosted a special exhibition of exquisite hand-bound books made by students and alumni of the Bookbinding program. This unique gathering of work showcased the many talents of our diverse bookbinding community, and offered insight into the renowned program at NBSS. The thirty-five fine bindings were on view from March 28 to April 30, 2019.
The work of Emily Scott Surette JM '07 aims to be timeless: a ready-to-wear style that's functional while still elegant, found everywhere from the hands of local brides-to-be, to the inside of swag bags at the Oscars. Her dedication to the craft keeps Emily going, and her jewelry business thriving. "Working with your hands has a bearing on your self-esteem," Emily says. "Making a tangible product that you can hold and can say 'I made that' is huge. It does a lot for someone's self-confidence. I wouldn't trade it for anything."