Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts wins Producer’s Choice Award from Boston Design Week

Boston Design Week has announced Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts as winner of its Producers’ Choice Award. The awards celebration took place on May 6 at Boston Design Center, in the Seaport District.  

Boston Design Week seeks to increase public awareness and appreciation of all aspects of design, foster recognition of the vital role design plays in our lives, and bring new audiences to a wide array of design industries and organizations. Each year, it pulls together more than a week of trunk shows, open houses, talks, exhibitions, and other events to showcase Boston’s broad array of design practitioners, and to encourage the public to explore all aspects of design. Its 9th Annual Boston Design Week Awards celebrate the diversity of the design community in greater Boston. 

Boston Design Week producers chose the Eliot School for its Producer’s Award to recognize the organization’s educational achievements in the world of craft and creativity, its drive to inspire lifelong learning, its efforts to contribute to a more just and equal world, and its commitment to provide a safe, creative learning environment for students, teachers, and staff of any nationality, ethnic origin, race, color, religion, physical ability, economic status, documentation status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.  

“We are honored to receive this award from Boston Design Week, which does so much to celebrate the great array of design work done here in Boston,” said Abigail Norman, Executive Director of the Eliot School.

“We’re proud of the work we do to inspire learning in craft and design, from the youngest children to people past retirement, and everyone in between.”  

Norman told the Gazette that the Eliot School has never won this award before, but “we’ve always been proud to participate” in Boston Design Week. “We know them very well,” she said, adding that “they know us well.”

Building on an extraordinary 346-year history, the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts cultivates welcoming environments where people convene across a continuum of age, economic means and backgrounds to build skills, craftsmanship and community. Its offerings satisfy the human desires to create, engage in self-expression, and learn by doing; and its vision builds upon the school’s historic role in shaping arts education. 

The Eliot School teaches art and woodworking in Boston’s public schools and community centers. It offers classes to people of all ages in fine and applied arts in its schoolhouse in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, including woodworking, upholstery, sewing, fiber arts, visual arts, and more, for adults outside of work and young people outside of school. In addition, its Teen Bridge and Artist in Residence programs support art making, youth development, and community.

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