Somerville Skillshare is a educational platform that organizes free, DIY classes in the Greater Boston area.
It’s a way to learn new skills, jump-start new hobbies, and meet other people with similar interests, all in a fun and informal setting. And best of all, it’s completely free!
We started in March 2014 with a huge event at the Somerville Armory, which you can learn more about in the video below, put together by our friends over at SCATV:
Now we’re hosting a monthly workshop series in the Somerville Armory Cafe, with more exciting stuff planned down the road.
To see what we’re all about, check out these articles in Boston.com, Boston Magazine, Somerville Journal, Somerville Beat, and Big Red & Shiny. You can also check out our Kickstarter page. Head over to the Press page to read more.
Why did we organize Somerville Skillshare?
We are all teachers. We are all students. Drawing inspiration from Skillshares that have happened in other cities (such as Brooklyn and Boston), we seek to create a communal, hands-on, learning experience that serves as a jumping-off point in the construction of an autonomous, nonexclusive, reciprocal learning community right here in Somerville.
We also want to empower local residents–artists, artisans, professionals, hobbyists, individuals–with a highly visible platform that allows them to showcase their unique talents to a broad community of learners. Read some of the Teacher Q&As we’ve conducted over the past few months to see what we mean.
Somerville has the second highest number of artists per capita in the United States (after NYC) and is home to a hugely diverse population from all walks of life. A Skillshare is where the creativity and craft of this 75,000-strong city all come together.
Who are we?
Somerville Skillshare’s organizers include a young professional working in Boston’s cleantech industry, the Director of a spoken word organization, a two-time Iraq War Veteran, a local artist, a professional blogger, a researcher at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, a published novelist, a graphic design hobbyist, a climate change activist, and a professional programmer. We are residents of Somerville and the surrounding communities who value the diversity of this city and the creativity of its residents.
Want to help us organize this event? We’d love to have you. Send an email to SomervilleSkillshare@gmail.com and say hello.