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New Classes Feb-April 2014

Yes, indeed. New freeskoolartfeb2014classes are upon us yet again. We are so lucky. And they’re free? Again? Like, for real? Hey, we wouldn’t let you down.

Check out Ballet Folklorico, Soil Science, Ithaca Fixers Collective, Self Care Spa and much more on our calendar page.

Check out the PDFs:
Feb – April Calendar
Class Descriptions

What’s more, you can be an organizer, too. Get skills, come to our meeting:

Freeskool – Be An Organizer Meet

Who: Your Freeskool Organizers freeskoolithaca@gmail.com

When: 4/6 2pm

Where: Crow’s Nest Cafe above Autumn Leaves Bookstore in Commons

Come be part of the behind-the-scenes of Freeskool. We’re looking for organizers to help find teachers, make art, distribute calendars and all the other Freeskool goings-on. Being part of the team means getting to know the community, learning programs like InDesign, making posters, being creative and radical. Come get a sense of what it’s all about. Can’t make the date? Get in touch and we can figure something out.

Teach for Summer Session!

Another semester comes to an end. No, no don’t cry. Pull yourself together and think about teaching for our summer session! Get your friends in on it – there, now, don’t you feel better?

Yes, we need you to pull out all your skills, hobbies and interests and TEACH!

The next semester will begin June 1st and go until the end of August 2013. We’d love to have class submissions from you. The deadline for submissions is May 1st. To submit please go to our website at

http://ithacafreeskool.wordpress.com/get-involved/ and fill out our brand new submission form.

Anyone can be a teacher. You don’t have to be an expert! So get in touch.

Thank you!
Freeskool Organizers

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Summer Calendar!

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Check out the new classes and come to our Social on Friday to celebrate and get your paper copy!

Or check out the PDF version here:

Calendar Summer 2012

Ithaca Freeskool Spring Social

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Join the Ithaca Freeskool in celebration of the end of another semester at our fun spring social. We’ll be hanging out in the newly cooperated Buffalo Street Books with snacks, trivia, live music, and maybe even some Freeskool buttons.

Most importantly, we’ll be revealing our Summer Session calendar! Come see what Ithaca Freeskool has in store for your summer. We’ll give you one hint: everything is free.

Bring a friend and take your brain out to party! Skool is kool.

Click here for more info and to RSVP, on Facebook.

Teach for Ithaca Freeskool’s summer session!

We’re looking for passionate people who want to share their skills and knowledge in the upcoming Ithaca Freeskool summer session, June 1 to August 31. Proposals are due on May 1st. Click here for the flier, or click here for information about how to submit your class proposals.

Tell your friends, and feel free to share the flier!

Video: Ithaca Freeskool at Ithaca Ignite


Ignite Ithaca
is a “high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea – and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd.” Lily Gershon did a jam-packed presentation on Freeskool on November 6, 2010 at the Pixel Lounge.

Come to the first ever Freeskool Prom!

The Ithaca Freeskool will host the first ever Freeskool Prom dance party at the Tompkins County Workers Center at 115 The Commons, above Autumn Leaves Used Books on Wednesday, September 22nd from 8 pm to 1 am.

The event is free and will be DJ’ed by Bob Proehl, formerly of No Radio Records. The Freeskool Prom celebrates the end of the summer term and the release of the Fall term calendars, chock full of free classes for all ages. Everyone is welcome to come and get their groove on.

Attendees are encouraged to dress up for the prom, and yes, you get to decide what that means. See you there – tell your friends!!

RSVP on Facebook

Ithaca Freeskool on Shareable.net!

Ithaca Freeskool on the homepage of Shareable.net

“Shareable is a nonprofit online magazine that tells the story of sharing. We cover the people, places, and projects bringing a shareable world to life. And we share how-tos so you can make a shareable world real in your life.”

Freeskool organizer Lily Gershon wrote a great article about Ithaca Freeskool for the site called “How to Share an Education, ” featuring photos and a video by Shira Golding. You can read the whole article and here’s an excerpt:

You’re in the park surrounded by swaying willows, or maybe knee deep in goldenrod in someone’s backyard, or sunk into the couch in a small apartment on Cayuga Street.

Usually, one way or another, a circle is formed. What are you doing here with a professor from Maine, a few pink-haired chatty teenagers from town, a local diesel mechanic, and a retired couple who brought cookies? You’re here to learn how to weave baskets out of the long limbs of willow trees. You’re discussing how Thor got along with the giants in Norse Mythology. You are about to plant the first herb in your medicinal garden. You’ve been hearing about natural gas drilling, but want to get more information. Any one of these people might be your teacher today.

In Ithaca, New York, the Ithaca Freeskool offers you an alternative to traditional education. With classes like Mushroom Hunting, Bike Repair, Know Your Rights with Debtors, and D.I.Y. Movie Making, it’s a refreshing variety of completely free classes for people of all ages. Started only a few years ago and run entirely by volunteers, the Freeskool gives the community an opportunity to share their skills and knowledge.

Now accepting new class proposals

Click here for info on how to submit a proposal for the next Ithaca Freeskool session, October 1 to December 31. The deadline for proposals is September 1st, 2010.

Want to help the next session be a success? Here are some ways to help:

Wondering what it’s like to be a part of Ithaca Freeskool? Check out this ten-minute video!

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