North Bennet Street School: welcoming and vibrant


As a nominee to North Bennet Street School's Committee of Overseers, I attended their recent Annual Meeting. What a delight to be welcomed into the community of this vibrant school!

NBSS MISSION STATEMENT

If you aren't familiar with Boston's North Bennet Street School, here is their mission statement:

"To train students for careers in traditional trades that use hand skills in concert with evolving technology, to preserve and advance craft traditions, and to promote greater appreciation of craftsmanship." 

We at KR+H feel a natural connection to the unity of hand, mind, and heart evident at NBSS.

NBSS students learning their craft.

NBSS students learning their craft.

NBSS' SOLAR ARRAY APPLAUDED

It happened that, on the same morning of the NBSS Annual Meeting, Boston's Mayor Walsh and Cambridge's Mayor Maher came to the school to cut the ribbon on NBSS' new 50 kW solar array, the second largest in the city.

NBSS' new solar array
NBSS' new solar array

NBSS PRESIDENT RECEIVES BARR FELLOWSHIP

Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, NBSS President

Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, NBSS President

At the annual meeting, it was announced that the Barr Foundation has selected the school's president, Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, for their fellowship program. This is well deserved acknowledgment and support of his contributions. To see videos and learn more about the Barr Fellowship, click here.

NBSS NEW FACILITY

NBSS is also understandably proud of their new building. They moved into their new location in Boston's North End in time for the beginning of the school year in September 2013. Miguel told us how the new building supports students with larger studio and shop space, allows greater interaction now that all programs are under one roof, and offers a new gallery and retail store showcasing student, alumni, and faculty work.

NBSS' entrance to new facility.
NBSS' entrance to new facility.

FREE LECTURES

Lowery Stokes Sims at NBSS 

Lowery Stokes Sims at NBSS 

The school's new Windgate Gallery offers space for inviting the public to free lectures. On January 13, Lowery Stokes Sims will offer "an exploration of African American crafts." Lowery is "the William and Mildred Ladson Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and an expert on the work of African, Latino, Native and Asian American artists." For more information, click here.

ANNUAL MEETING  REFLECTS NBSS' ENDURING SPIRIT

At this annual meeting, Miguel also announced that every member of NBSS' faculty and staff donated to the school's Annual Fund. What a wonderful tribute to the school!

NBSS' new facility celebrated by students and faculty. (Click photo to enlarge.)
NBSS' new facility celebrated by students and faculty. (Click photo to enlarge.)

Many of the members of the school's board and overseers committee (an impressive group of Boston's finest) have taken classes at the school. In fact, quite a few are on the board because they attended classes here and experienced first hand the value of this school.

KR+H has quite a handful of past customers who have been associated with the school. I think of the many customers we have who have become wonderfully successful in their professional fields. I suspect there will be a few more who will some day be ready to fulfill a wish of creating with their hands. This is the place!

NBSS Students
NBSS Students

KR+H's Paul Reidt summed up my experience well when he wrote to me, "Woven through the whole thing is the notion that NBSS generates rich and enduring experiences."