20th ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF CRAFT




The Annual Celebration of Craft promotes the appreciation of fine craftsmanship and supports the School’s mission to train students for careers in traditional trades.


As part of the Annual Celebration of Craft, our Student & Alumni Exhibit features hand-carved chairs and cabinetry, jewelry in silver and gold, leather-bound books, handmade violins, and more. Over 60 artisans hailing from regions around the globe are typically represented in the show.

This is a particularly exciting year as it’s not only our 20th Celebration, but also our first with Sarah Turner as President. At these milestones, we are happy to report that the entire Celebration will again be held at North Bennet Street School's intimate Windgate Gallery in Boston’s North End from May 1 to June 29. The exhibit is free and open to the public, with tickets available for a special Opening Party on Thursday, May 9, 2019.



The Annual Celebration of Craft: Student & Alumni Exhibit

Save the Date: ACC Opening Party

Thursday, May 9, 2019, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Mark your calendars for an inspiring evening featuring demonstrations in the benchrooms by our students and faculty, live music, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres. All student and alumni exhibitors and faculty members will be included in the evening. Click here to purchase tickets.


Student & Alumni Exhibit

The centerpiece of our Annual Celebration of Craft, our Student & Alumni Exhibit showcases the masterful work of our community. On display May 1 through June 29, the exhibit showcases the talents of NBSS artisans while promoting traditional trades across a variety of craft disciplines. Heirloom-quality furniture, designer handmade jewelry, fine bookbinding, and more will all be available to view and purchase throughout the run of the exhibit.

Quick Facts

  • Exhibit takes place Wednesday, May 1 to Saturday, June 29, 2019 | NBSS, 150 North Street, Boston MA
    Closed Monday, May 27 and Friday, May 31, 2019
  • Free and open to the public weekdays 9:00 am–5:00 pm. Saturdays 10:00 am–2:00 pm.
  • Save the Date: Opening Party takes place on Thursday, May 9 from 6:00–9:00 pm. Purchase tickets here.

Thanks to our 2019 Sponsors

Mentor ($15,000+)

Expert ($10,000+)

Eaton Vance
Eaton Vance Corp

Inferential Focus
Inferential Focus
Bruce & Lynn Dayton
Carl & Judy Ferenbach

Artisan ($5,000+)

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Bob & Bobo Devens
Janet & Chris English
Rebekah Lord Gardiner BB ’93 & Matthew Gardiner
Anne & Marc Margulies
Valeria D. Wolff

Craftsperson ($2,500+)

Anchor Capital Advisors, LLC
McKey BB ’11 & James Berkman
William T. & Louise Burgin
Richard & Betsy Cheek
Simon Eccles & Caroline Hitt
Firestone & Parson, Inc.
Hemenway & Barnes LLP
Howland Company, Inc.
James Jovenich CF ’15
Charles CF ’05 & Charlotte Kline
Vin CF ’13 & Becky Kennedy
Tish & Steve Mead
Pasek Corporation
Tom & Kate Piemonte
Pomeroy & Co., Inc.
Harriet Turner

Apprentice ($1,000+)

Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects
Dr. & Mrs. David L. Bloom
Columbia Contracting, Corp.
William G. Creelman
Jeremiah CF ’84 & Amy de Rham
First Republic
Jock Gifford JM ’97 CF ’01 & Brigid Sullivan
Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez CF ’99
Grayson Family Foundation
Inland Underwriters Insurance Agency, Inc.
Alison & Peder C. Johnson
JW Construction, Inc.
Kochman Reidt + Haigh
Catherine C. Lastavica
Frank & Alecia Manning
Walter McDonald
MUECKE, INC., Patrick CF ’97 & Danielle Muecke
Suzanne Pugh & Sarah Turner
Chris Rifkin
Lois Russell
Sea-Dar Construction
Sequoia Custom Builders, Inc.
Lewis PA ’80 & Toni Surdam
Zakiya Thomas
Elizabeth Thomson
Mary & Tim Williams
Barbara C. Zino

Sponsor the 20th Annual Celebration of Craft

Mentor
($15,000+)

  • Eight tickets to the Annual Celebration of Craft Opening Party on Thursday, May 9, 2019
  • Private tour of NBSS followed by lunch with Sarah Turner, President
  • Opportunity to host a small, private event at NBSS
  • 15% discount on Continuing Education classes for you and your employees or family
  • Handmade gift made by our students
  • Company logo on print invitation, in exhibit program, and on nbss.edu
  • Prominent display of your company name at NBSS and thank-you signage for the two-month duration of the exhibit
  • Your company’s marketing materials in the Annual Celebration of Craft Opening Party gift bag

      Expert ($10,000+)

      • Six tickets to the Annual Celebration of Craft Opening Party on Thursday, May 9, 2019
      • Private tour of NBSS followed by lunch with Sarah Turner, President
      • Opportunity to host a small, private event at NBSS
      • 10% discount on Continuing Education classes for you and your employees or family
      • Handmade gift made by our students
      • Company logo on print invitation, in exhibit program, and on nbss.edu
      • Your company’s marketing materials in the Annual Celebration of Craft Opening Party gift bag

        Artisan ($5,000+)

        • Four tickets to the Annual Celebration of Craft Opening Party on Thursday, May 9, 2019
        • Private tour of NBSS with our President, Sarah Turner
        • 5% discount on Continuing Education classes for you and you employees or family
        • Handmade gift made by our students
        • Company name on print invitation, in exhibit program, and on nbss.edu
        • Your company’s marketing materials in the Annual Celebration of Craft Opening Party gift bag

          Craftsperson ($2,500+)

          • Two tickets to the Annual Celebration of Craft Opening Party on Thursday, May 9, 2019
          • Handmade gift by our students
          • Company name on print invitation, exhibit program, and on nbss.edu
          • Your company’s marketing materials in the Annual Celebration of Craft Opening Party gift bag

          Apprentice ($1,000+)

          • Two tickets to the Annual Celebration of Craft Opening Party on Thursday, May 9, 2019
          • Handmade gift by our students
          • Company name on printed exhibit program and on nbss.edu

          All Levels

          • Your name listed on nbss.edu, which receives over 200,000 annual visitors
          • Your name listed in our Annual Report, distributed to 1,000 donors in print and full email list of 17,000 contacts
          • Your name on exhibit signage for the two-month duration of the exhibit
          • Invitation to other events throughout the Annual Celebration of Craft
          • Social media mention to our 16,000 combined followers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

          Gifts and pledges must be received by Friday, March 15 to be included in the event invitations and by Friday, April 5 to be included in the exhibit program and signage.


          Questions?

          To sponsor the 2019 Annual Celebration of Craft, or for any other questions, please contact development@nbss.edu or 617-227-0155. Thank you.