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Read the Latest Issue of Benchmarks

The newest issue of Benchmarks magazine is out now! Our yearly publication features stories and news from the School, and this issue includes a photo essay of the Portrait Project; a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion update; highlights from In the Making; and much more.

Pulling Together: The Portrait Project

Despite the pandemic, North Bennet Street School (NBSS) Retail & Exhibit Manager Kristen Odle couldn't stand to cancel the Annual Celebration of Craft: Student & Alumni Exhibit, a favorite tradition in which students and alumni display and sell their strongest work from the past year. Instead, she ambitiously reshaped the exhibition into a series of unique studio portraits of NBSS students, staff, and faculty. View the stunning project here.

2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner: Phil Lowe CF '74

We are pleased to announce that Philip Lowe, a graduate of the 1974 Cabinet & Furniture Making program, is the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award. Though he passed away earlier this year, our community wanted to honor his many years of teaching and mentorship. Phil's legacy is second to none, and his impact includes not only the fine work he produced over 50+ years, but also the generations of woodworkers who he guided in the craft.

In The Making: Global Craft Conversations Reimagined for All

Retail & Exhibit Manager Kristen Odle has interviewed makers all over the country this year for In the Making, the series of virtual public programs she spearheaded to keep the NBSS community inspired and in dialogue during the pandemic. Read more about the stories and organizations we had the pleasure of learning about this past year.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update

The past year has given the NBSS community time to reflect on who we are as a School and who we aspire to be. We continue to be motivated by the collective enthusiasm and urgency to evolve the School at all levels, and renew our work to become more welcoming, inclusive, and diverse. Over the course of the past year, we developed our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Vision Statement to set a point on the horizon for our future efforts. Read the statement here and an update from our Faculty-Staff DEI Committee.