Somerville Skillshare is a educational platform that organizes free, DIY classes in the Greater Boston area.
We started in 2014 with a huge kickoff event that featured over 40 classes and 800 attendees. Now, we’re hosting a monthly workshop series in the Somerville Armory Cafe, with more exciting stuff planned down the road.
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!
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 in the past 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.
Want to help us organize a future workshop? Got an interesting skill you’d like to share with your community? We’d love to have you. Send an email to SomervilleSkillshare@gmail.com and say hello.