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In the Making: The Beat of Blossoms

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, we held a virtual conversation with Jamila Zahra Felton of The Beat of Blossoms, along with Erin Fletcher BB '12, an NBSS Bookbinding graduate. They viewed Jamila's work with book arts, zines, collage, papermaking, printmaking, and writing, seeing examples of how she explores memory, identity, love, self-care, power, and Black futures.

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In the Making: Autodesk

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, we held a virtual conversation with Athena Moore BB '11, Global Community Lead of Autodesk Technology Centers and NBSS Bookbinding graduate. In this wide-ranging conversation, we discussed the origins and capabilities of Autodesk's Technology centers, exciting projects and partners that Athena has worked with at the Boston Technology Center, the role of automation and innovation in their work, and how Athena's unique background in bookbinding and conservation enhance her work at Autodesk. Watch the full conversation here.

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In the Making: Boston Public Quartet

On Thursday, February 25, 2021 we held a virtual concert with Betsy Hinkle and Jason Amos, members of the Boston Public Quartet, live streamed from the historic First Parish Church in Dorchester, Massachusetts. They performed works on violin and viola (including a violin made by a current Violin Making & Repair student) by living Black composers Adolphus Hailstork and Jessie Montgomery, as well as Mozart and Schubert.

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Making Something That Lasts
Patrick Kennedy

For 140 years, through every challenge, NBSS has adapted and endured. The challenges of 2020 have proven again the ability of our community to adapt, to experiment, and to persevere—and this was just the most recent moment in a long history of nimbleness for an institution that began as a collection of neighborhood social services in Boston's North End in 1881. Join us to take a look back at our long history.

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Passion Made Possible
Nickolas Werner

Two musicians pursue their craft—and new livelihoods—as promised by the support of the NBSS community. Discover how the dramatic expansion of our scholarship programs in recent years has helped current students Veronica Vaillancourt VM '21 and Jennifer Chen PT '20, PA '21 thrive in their programs

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