From Bicycles to Beading, Locals Host Free Day of Learning

Somerville is a city full of artists, creators and makers and this Sunday, many of them are coming together for the Somerville Skillshare. This day-long event at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) consists of 40 classes being taught by 40 different teachers for free.

Attendees are welcome to come and go throughout the day, taking as many classes as they’d like in the seven designated workshop spaces at the Armory. The Somerville Skillshare runs from noon-6 p.m. and the classes are 50 minutes long.

The Skillshare is tapping into the resources of the diverse collection of people who call Somerville home for this inaugural event. Classes are offered on an incredibly wide range of topics, everything from basic bicycle maintenance and brewing like a barista to duct tape sculptures and Tai Chi.

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Liz Corkery, who was recently featured on the Beat, is teaching a basic silkscreen printing class (her art is pictured above). And Felisha Foster, owner of Spoke Wine Bar, will lead a class with Cali Gold on wine pairing, wine purchasing and other wine-related topics.

The idea for the Somerville Skillshare was born out of a desire “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,” according to the event’s website.

I’m often asked for ideas on how to meet people in Somerville and I think attending the Skillshare on Sunday looks to be a terrific way to connect with new friends and see some old ones. This weekend’s event looks showcase so much of what is unique and special about our city in a very interactive and creative way. And it’s the perfect opportunity to jumpstart a new hobby or just learn something new.

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To keep the Skillshare completely free to attendees, the organizers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the event. They have raised their targeted $2,000 to cover the costs of renting the Armory, class materials and printing. And according to the Kickstarter page, any the extra money will be used to host more skill sharing events in the future. The campaign ends tomorrow, February 27, and backers can get everything from a high five at the event to private salsa dancing lessons for supporting the Skillshare.

Somerville Skillshare

Sunday, March 2, noon-6 p.m.
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.
Free (donate to Kickstarter)

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