Open House

December 1-2, 2023

Our annual Open House offers a behind-the-scenes look at America’s first trade school:

Stay tuned for details about next year’s Open House!

Open House 2023 Press Release

Programming Details

During Open House, all of our nine Career Training programs and Community Education spaces will be open to tour. Meet faculty and current students, view student work and projects, ask questions, and get to know our amazing community.

Learn more about our programs:

Curious about attending one of our full-time Career Training programs? During Open House you can meet members of our admissions and financial aid teams. NBSS is now accepting applications for the next start dates in January/February and September 2024.

Get an overview of our programs of study and community, the admissions process and requirements, and the financial aid process, including funding, scholarships, and veterans benefits for qualified students.

Our Community Education classes are made for everyone, whether you’re just starting out and curious about trying a new hobby, or you’re a professional wanting to expand your knowledge. We offer weekend, evening, and 2-5 day courses in book arts, jewelry making, woodworking, carpentry, weaving, musical instrument making, and more, including a Three-Month Furniture Making Intensive.

Unlike our full-time Career Training program, there is no application or admissions process—simply register for the course you’d like to take on our website whenever you’re ready, including payment.

Check out our current classes here!

Winter Market

As part of Open House, join us for the second edition of our artisan holiday market, featuring work by NBSS community members, refreshments, and festive spirit.

Catch Up With 2021 Virtual Open House

Interactive tours of all nine career training programs, demonstrations and conversations with students and faculty, and more.