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The Brooklyn Skillshare is a community-based, community-led, and community-building learning event organized and taught by Brooklyn residents.
35 backers pledged $1,224 to help bring this project to life.




The Brooklyn Skillshare is a one-day event of learning, making, sharing and doing! The seeds for the Brooklyn Skillshare began in the Spring of 2009 when organizer Meg Wachter attended a similar event in Boston, and was inspired by the weekend-long workshops offered on a recurring basis – free of charge. The all-volunteer organized and taught Brooklyn Skillshare is organized by Brooklyn residents and is a community based, community led, community creating learning event. The Brooklyn Skillshare is a one-day event of learning, making, sharing, doing!

The Brooklyn Skillshare is free to the public with a suggested donation for participation, but in order to get off the ground for our first year we need a cache for initial overhead expenses. Such costs are, but not limited to: renting our venue at Gowanus Studio Space, compensating Transportation Alternatives for providing a bike valet, workshop and event supplies, going toward fees for establishing ourselves as a non-profit, and to pay for food for breakfast and lunch--which will also be available to participants at no additional cost.

Confirmed Classes for the 2009 BKSS:

* Bags for the People - create sustainable alternatives to plastic bags using re-purposed materials * Fiber Arts - knitting and felting using natural materials * Treasure Everywhere! - glass bottles into cups, bowls, and vases * Home audio production using Digital Performer * Bicycle Mechanics 101 * How to brew kombucha * Natural/organic metal casting and jewelry making * Screen-printing basics & DIY techniques * Taking care of yourself with massage basics * DIY Electronics: Fun with LEDs, solder, sound, and the Arduino * Basic Raw Food Preparation: the art of “uncooking” * Party Favorites: infused liquor, homemade ginger ale & tasty snacks * Make Your Own Butter and Ricotta (with Recipes and Ideas for Using Both)

The day will consist of 5 blocks of hour and a half long classes, with 3 classes taking place per block. Participants can attend as many or as few classes as they like, but are encouraged to make a day of learning!

Brooklyn is in endless supply of artistry and talent. We are all students and teachers, and we believe that everyone has something to teach and to learn from each other. The Brooklyn Skillshare is a communal, hands-on, learning experience that aims to serve as a jumping-off point in the construction of an autonomous, inclusive, reciprocal learning community. We believe that education is a right, not a commodity.

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- (35 days)