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What the Frack?

5:00a.m. to 6:30a.m.
Museum of Art and Design Classroom 4
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

This is an agi-prop and protest art workshop. After a brief discussion on fracking, we will be creating stencils, stickers, and art that call attention to fracking. The idea is to attract media and create an awareness in the public eye about issues that affect our health, tell them we're here to protect the water, and help get the word out.

Bring one of the following:
crystal beads
hello kitty statuettes/sanrio dolls for an art project that I'm working on
images of protest art or culture jamming that you find interesting
something to decorate (paper, cardboard, sticker, bag, fabric)

About the teacher, Betty T. Kao

Betty T. Kao is an artist and writer, integrating both mediums as tools for storytelling. She has a BA in visual arts and environmental studies. Betty is a visual storyteller, her major influences and investigations include anthropomorphic objects, toys, puppetry, packaging, critical theory, metaphysics, religious mythology, Pan-Asian culture, sacred plants, environmentalism, medicine, and social change. She is interested in how artists use images to voice the collective subconscious. Her art and writing have been featured in many publications including The NuyorAsian Anthology: Asian American Writings About New York City.

How to Tie a Sari and Head Wraps

5:00a.m. to 6:30a.m.
Museum of Art and Design Classroom 3
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

This is a hands on class where students will learn the basics in wrapping a sari and a few ways to tie head wraps. If you have a sari or head wrap, bring it! Some will be provided for practice.  Discussion is encouraged!

Bring one of the following:
A poem you wrote or strikes you
Art supplies, paints, brushes, etc
Dance lesson (swing, salsa, hip hop, or anything else!)
dvds, puzzles, books
Knee high socks
knitting needles (straight or round)
live plant (herbs, flowers, house plants)
Mix tape of your favorite songs or fun beats
music lesson of any sort (instrument, singing)
Something you made
Yarn (natural fibers preferred)

About the teacher, Zehra Siddiqui and Amy Pandya

Zehra Siddiqui is a first generation Indian/Pakistani American working as a family physician in Manhattan.  Wore my first sari at age 14 and wore hijab for many years practicing many stylings to keep up with the lastest fashions.  Amy Pandya (a born and raised New Yorker) is a practicing attending physician at Beth Israel Medical Center and Clinical Medical Director at the Institute of Family Medicine. A first generation Southeast Asian.

Paper Holograms

5:00a.m. to 6:30a.m.
Museum of Art and Design Classroom 2
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

Who doesn´t like Holograms? They're great, they change colors and perspective when you move around them and they hypnotize you. You´ll build an object that does all that, with cardboard and glue only. The Paper Hologram is an orthogonal surface with additive color units change based on the angle you view them at. The appearance of holographic movement is achieved thanks to the symmetric honeycomb structure tricking the brain with what is up and down, in and out.

Bring one of the following:
a nice painting brush
a tube of acrylic paint (any color)
help building a sculpture
New York City's best kept secret (example: best anything, cheapest something, most fun thing)
teaching me how to use resins

About the teacher, Ricardo Cid

Born in México City, Ricardo is a Robotic Engineer by profession, Artist by vocation, and Designer by conviction. Everything Ricardo Cid creates comes from the fact that if no one has created it and it came to his mind... It should exist. He directs Rampant Zine NY and works at the Black Label Robot Studio creating custom projects.

Museum of Art and Design Classroom 1
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

This workshop will explore the potential for new protest systems, tools, strategies, and techniques, for use by non-violent protest movements. People around the world are fighting against inequality, privatization, and exclusion and working to create alternatives to corporate control, the loss of public space, and the privilege of the one percent. With bold tactics and artistic innovations, Occupy has incited the global imagination. At the same time, and not surprisingly, it doesn't employ formal design processes. Also lacking are formal feedback systems, techniques of self-correction, and the rigor underpinning the best scientific and social research. Together, we will examine these deficits as opportunities for growth. We will provide feedback gathered from Occupiers from several cities about specific challenges they face. Possible themes include: protest planning, dynamics, effectiveness, and coordination (decentralization, spatial orientation, new forms of collective intelligence); increasing the creative capacity of street protests (experimental banners and signs, visionary protest tech and inventions); understanding and strengthening the Occupy ecosystem (navigating fluid dynamic social structures, while increasing stability, growth and self-correction); the evolution of the general assembly (GA swarms, virtual GAs, new direct democracy tools); and future projections and offshoots of the Occupy movement. These challenges will be presented to workshop attendees, a group of self-selected designers, Occupiers, artists, scientists, engineers, activists, and researchers, who will collectively respond with new ideas and approaches.

Bring one of the following:
a haircut
a working bicycle
an unlocked smart phone
anti-art
bike lights
felt
snacks
spaces in NYC or Bay area to continue this effort
things made by you
warm socks

About the teacher, Nsumi and School of the Future

Nsumi spawns art collectives and experimental groups through a gift economy consulting project, workshops, art exhibitions and performances, zines, academic research, and public interventions. They have participated in over 50 exhibitions and events, mostly focused around creative collectivity. They have organized classes and workshops on experimental networks, swarm organizing, and mutant student groups--a program that helps students launch independent and extra-curricular organizations in schools. http://nsumi.net School of the Future is an experiment in what school can be.  It was the child of the Teaching Artist Union and the Institute for Applied Aesthetics.  In 2010 it grew into an outdoor intergenerational free school in Brooklyn.  Since then it has become an archive of lessons learned and a network of radical educators who question our current forms of education. We see learning as the most important work of an individual and a community, and as the central force inside and outside of the state's education system. www.schoolofthefuture.org

Pilates in a Chair

5:00a.m. to 6:30a.m.
Museum of Art and Design 7th Floor
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

Feeling sluggish? Having trouble staying focused? Tight on time, but want to get in some exercise? Give your brain and body a break without even getting out of your chair! We’ll work on adaptations for Pilates exercises that can fit in your cubicle. You’ll be given homework for sitting in an office chair, on a subway bench, or standing in line that will make your whole body happy. Research shows that even five minute movement breaks can help to build more energy, maintain focus, and increase productivity throughout the day. Anna is a certified Pilates instructor so you won’t get hurt. Pilates is a non-impact system of exercise that focuses on strengthening deep muscles of the abdomen and back. Pilates exercises help create lean, strong, but flexible muscles. Gaining this strength in the core can aid in injury prevention, spinal health, improve posture, and reduce stress and tension. Pilates can be adapted for people of all ages and abilities. Between meetings and emails, let’s adapt some movement to fit your life and your chair!

Bring one of the following:
A Harmonica lesson
A Kombucha culture (a "scobi" or "mother")
Dark Chocolate
Local Honey
Your favorite one pot vegetarian recipe

About the teacher, Anna Larson

Anna teaches the 3rd graders at The Children’s Storefront, a small, tuition-free, independent school in East Harlem where she also teaches Pilates after school for the teachers. She is a founding member of the bike dance troupe, Heelz on Wheelz, NYBD, that performs all over New York particularly engaging in bicycle and environmental activism and the general love of bikes. Anna teaches little folks to ice skate on Saturdays in the state park at the end of her block. Her goal is to make movement a part of her daily life without setting aside extra time for it. Currently very sad about the prospect of losing the USPS, Anna spends a lot of time making things to mail and walking them to the mailbox at the bottom of the hill.

Opening Reception at Cuchifritos

1:00a.m. to 3:00a.m.
Cuchifritos
1
New York US

Trade School opens for a month of classes in Essex Market today! Join us to celebrate our third year of alternative education and sign up to teach or take classes from March 11th through April 7th from 12-6pm at 120 Essex Street, NYC.

Bring one of the following:
a storefront for April (so we can have more classes)
chalk
connect us to older craftspeople (60+)
connect us to younger teachers (18-)
help silkscreening more shirts
snacks
take a class
teach a class

About the teacher, Caroline Woolard

We are co-founders of OurGoods.org and we barter a lot!

Stilt Walking

8:00p.m. to 10:00p.m.
Cuchifritos
1
New York US

Stand tall... REALLY TALL with this beginners class in stilt walking. Find a new sense of confidence and control that will continue even after you come down to earth.

Bring one of the following:
Bike parts or Bike mechanic work
Canoe or Kayak Paddles
Dark Chocolate
Leather hides

About the teacher, Jens Rasmussen

Jens Rasmussen is an actor and educator who has created over 150 roles for theatre and film. He's performed with New Dramatists, EPIC, PanAsian Rep, New Georges, Manhattan Theatre Source, The Internationalists, terraNOVA, and others here in NYC. Regionally he's travelled across the country from the Kennedy Center to Boise and has received both an Acclaim Award and a League of Cincinnati Theatres Award for his work. As a movement instructor he has taught thousands of people to walk on stilts, inhabit their bodies, find new confidence, and freedom.

Creative Doodling

10:00p.m. to 12:00a.m.
Cuchifritos
1
New York US

So many people think they can't draw, but prompted drawing projects like these promote creativity, cooperation, and can help break the ice with groups of people. Creative Doodling is a workshop that introduces several drawing activities that people can then use in the classroom, at parties, while babysitting, or with other post-kids at home (or in the bar). Activities are: Monster Jam Drawings / Exquisite Corpse, Scribble Prompts, Jam Comics (draw a panel, pass to the next person).

Bring one of the following:
A bottle of sake (pref. unfiltered)
A cool record
A flask so I can be cool
A fountain pen
A solemn oath that you will attend my book release event on March 13th at 7pm at WORD in Greenpoint
An anthology (used or new) of sci-fi short stories
An art canvas
Comic books and/or graphic novels (commercial or handmade)
Snacks to share with the class (vegan, please - ug, I KNOW)
Tickets to a comedy show
vegan cupcakes

About the teacher, Travis Nichols

I'm the author and illustrator of books for kids including Punk Rock Etiquette: The Ultimate How-to Guide for DIY, Punk, Indie, and Underground Bands (Macmillan), The Monster Doodle Book (Penguin), and Matthew Meets the Man (upcoming from Macmillan). I drew comics for Nickelodeon Magazine, and have done illustration work for Dell, Miami New Times, Scholastic, and many other magazines, newspapers, apps, etc. I'm also a former elementary school teacher and art camp teacher, and drawing with friends and kids is my favorite thing in the world. My work can be found at www.ilikeapplejuice.com.

Powering Past Procrastination

12:00a.m. to 2:00a.m.
Cuchifritos
1
New York US

Life Coach Rahti Gorfien will explore the different 'motivations' for procrastination, and present strategies for negotiating these challenges. Participants are asked to bring a stalled project along for jump-starting. NOTE: Team building around each other's projects will be encouraged, so come ready to trade!

Bring one of the following:
1 10 lb bag of Nutro lamb meal and rice dogfood
1 32 oz jug of Grade B maple syrup
1 litre bottle of brandy
1 litre bottle of Creme de Cacao
1 litre bottle of Grand Marnier
1 litre bottle of Kalua
1 netbook (pre-owned is fine but in good condition/no fixer-uppers), 
accordion in good condition
bottle of white Lillet (I'll accept that from up to 3 people)
bottle(s) of a decent Malbec/can be in the $11 and up range.  No swill please)
help cleaning up
mixed containers of Ceasars Canine Cusine
new set of queen-sized sheets/solid color (not orange or black)/decent thread, 
seltzer maker/pre-owned ok but in good condition
shredder
tech assistant during class
ukeleili in good condition
wireless mouse

About the teacher, Rahti Gorfien

The diversity of my background is a key element which informs my coaching style. As an actor, playwright, standup comic, company manager and adoptive parent, I have experienced life from many enriching perspectives. My approach is both humorous and compassionate. I have been helping individuals realize their creative, vocational and personal potential since 1990.

Museum of Art and Design Theater
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

The A.R.E. (the Anhoek Record Examination) will be administered after a brief 5 minute stretching exercise. You will have 25 minutes to answer thirty questions. The Subject area? Beautiful Economy. A group discussion will follow. In several weeks, your test results will be mailed to you.

Bring one of the following:
dried food goods
help with mending/sewing
tea

About the teacher, Caroline Woolard

We are co-founders of OurGoods.org and we barter a lot!

Museum of Art and Design Theater
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

Let's talk about learning together... What can we teach each other right now? Where do we learn best? What was made invisible in school that we now see?

Bring one of the following:
Agree to share your knowledge with others
Make a sign that says what you wish you'd learned in school
Markers to share
Paper to share

About the teacher, Caroline Woolard

We are co-founders of OurGoods.org and we barter a lot!

How to Talk to Strangers

11:00p.m. to 12:30a.m.
Museum of Art and Design Classroom 5
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

Strangers are everywhere and they may not be as strange as we think. They can become friends, lovers, business partners, mentors and contacts. But you'll never know unless you speak to them. Shyness is not an excuse. And the museum environment is ideal for striking up conversations with visitors you have not yet met. Art, vistas and even the common search for the restroom can lead to giggles in passing and meaningful interactions. Come talk about your success stories and learn tips and techniques for connecting with that strangest of breeds, the homo sapien.

Bring one of the following:
a crash course in SEO
a fountain pen
a list of ten people (with email addresses) who might enjoy the class
a one hour consult on social media strategy
a poem you like
a two-drawer filing cabinet (used is fine, preferably beige-ish in color)
share a story of a "stranger" encounter at http://how2talk2strangers.tumblr.com/
share your feedback on the class at http://how2talk2strangers.tumblr.com/

About the teacher, Laura Silver

Laura Silver is an award-winning journalist and experienced interviewer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, on NPR and WNYC. She has given talks at TEDx, the Banff Centre for the Arts and Brandeis University. She has struck up conversations with strangers in Mexico, Senegal and France and on subways and streets of New York. Laura former strangers among her closest friends.

Speech and Debate

11:00p.m. to 12:30a.m.
Museum of Art and Design Classroom 4
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

Ever wished you could enter a conversation with a witty argument at just the right moment? Do you fast-forward to the courtroom scenes of Law and Order? End your night by watching Prime Minister’s questions on BBC? This debate workshop will sharpen your public speaking skills, help you think critically about current events, and give you a few witty comebacks for your next evening out. By the end of the class, you will have participated in at least one debate (with feedback to help you practice for the next one!).

Bring one of the following:
Agreeing to help me frame and hang artwork in my apartment (2 hours)
Nonfiction books about the black power movement
Ties (bow and regular) - quantity depends on type/quality

About the teacher, Candace Williams

Candace’s international debate career began and ended in college. She spent most of her time starting middle and high school debate programs in underserved communities and teaching debate skills to students of all ages (from middle school students to undergrads and teachers). In her spare debate time, she competed in six countries, judged a World University Debating Championship, was judged 2nd-best public speaker in Canada (a feat considering she delivered her final speech DRUNK), and accepted an invitation from the Chinese government to help start debate programs in universities. Candace’s academic research about debate in public schools has been published twice and presented at international conferences. After retiring from the debate competition, Candace settled in Bed-Stuy. She spends most of her time teaching K-4th grade science in the South Bronx, expanding middle school debate leagues in New York and New Jersey, and sipping prohibition-era drinks in fancy outfits.

Herbal Concentrates

11:00p.m. to 12:30a.m.
Museum of Art and Design Classroom 3
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

Herbal medicine is the medicine of the people. It is cheap, easy, effective, and safe. In this interactive, popular-education driven workshop, participants will come away with experience on how to make infusions, tinctures, syrups, and salves. Please bring two <2oz glass jars with lids, and a mug for drinking tea!

Bring one of the following:
a jar of your favorite tea
a plant
auto repair
graphic and website design
high proof alcohol hookup/ideas
two <2oz glass jars with lids for people who forget theirs
yoga pants (size 30-32)

About the teacher, Stephen Switzer

Stephen Rye Switzer is an herbalist and massage therapist committed to open, accessible and empowering healthcare. He practices in Clinton Hill Brooklyn and is a health facilitator at Third Root Community Health Center, a worker-owned cooperative in Brooklyn.

Museum of Art and Design Classroom 2
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

Participants will gain the skills to negotiate and write contracts to aid their creative endeavors. This class would be interactive and discussion-based, and has three main goals: - understanding the situations in which a creative person might should use a contract instead of a handshake agreement. The pros and cons of going contract-less will be illustrated through stories elicited from the attendees and case histories from the instructor. - understanding the rights and obligations imposed by New York's legal system on certain relationships between creative people and consumers, even in the absence of any written contract. - understanding how the process of making a contract can be a creative endeavor in itself. Starting from a discussion of how the law actually encourages people to write their own contacts to address their specific needs, we'll brainstorm the types of issues, problems, and solutions, drawn from the participants' experiences, which a creative contract can address.

Bring one of the following:
bottle of Prosecco
bottle of Prosecco
dark chocolate bars
dark chocolate bars
figurine
figurine
Jerusalem artichokes
jerusalem artichokes
loose-leaf tea
small artwork or handcrafted item
small artwork or handcrafted item
snack to share with your classmates

About the teacher, Erin Thompson

Erin Thompson is a lawyer who works with artists and gallery owners on art-related legal issues, including via barter through OurGoods. She also has a Ph.D. in ancient Greek and Roman art history, and is interested in restaurant law, antiquities smuggling, taxidermy, and failed Polar explorations.

Museum of Art and Design Classroom 1
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

This workshop will explore art-making without the institution. We will look at existing Guerilla Public Art works and analyze their tactics and working methods. Then we will create our own collaborative art work in Columbus Circle or thereabouts. The focus of the class is on finding ways to make things work yourself.

Bring one of the following:
drawings or prints of rabbits that look slightly evil (I mean still cute- not absolutely insane, but you know, a little scared or resentful. It's for Shelly)
help setting up a composting system this spring
help with photo re-touching
Home-made granola
mix tapes (CDs) of your favorite songs
music you have made yourself
Things that emit light (glow stick, flashlights, fireflies, third eyes)

About the teacher, Christopher Robbins and Aaron Krach

Aaron Krach is an artist and writer. He uses ephemeral materials and existing distribution methods to create networks, and projects, that invite the audience to collaborate in the production of new work. Christopher Robbins works on the uneasy cusp of public art and direct action. He built his own hut out of mud and sticks and lived in it for half a year, and has lived and worked in London, Tokyo, West Africa, the Fiji Islands, and former Yugoslavia.

Relief Printing Basics

6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m.
Cuchifritos
1
New York US

I will talk about relief printing and stencil printing (including screen printing). You will receive instruction on the process and then get to make your own prints in the class!

Bring one of the following:
chocolate
fabric
glues
inks
markers, pens
notions
original artwork to hang in my studio
sewing, printing, or general crafting books

About the teacher, Jennifer Wiese

Jennifer Wiese is a designer who specializes in sewing and screen printing. Her studio, Workroom Social, offers classes and workshops for both beginning and advanced level crafters. She also teaches at the Gowanus Print Lab in Brooklyn. You can find her fabrics, sewing patterns, and more at workroomsocial.com.

Cuchifritos
1
New York US

Walt Whitman was a nurse, Philip Glass drove a cab, and Adele worked in a record store right after she won her first Grammy. ...And you do what for a day/night job? This class will be a dialogue about what people do for their day/night jobs and the emotions associated with those choices. Is it more legitimate if an emerging artist is a barista, dog walker, or administrative assistant? Or some combination of the three? Or is it more inspiring if she has a more rigorous day gig like creative director of an advertising agency or doctor? Are decisions made just about paying the rent? Is it about staying connected to one’s art? Or another purpose? The class will include multimedia excerpts from philosopher Alain de Botton, the Brian Lehrer radio show, 60 Minutes, and the MADE HERE project. And if you missed, it we’ll begin with a discussion about this recent opinion piece in the NYT from a writer afflicted with “The Barista’s Curse.” http://nyti.ms/wFV1OB

Bring one of the following:
a st. patrick's day treat
cd burned with your favorite music
dining room table
handwritten letter on a topic of your choice
pocket-sized notebook

About the teacher, Amelia Blanquera

Amelia Blanquera writes a column at Soulpancake.com. Her work has appeared at Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, the Nervous Breakdown, and in the New York Times. Amelia’s day job is as a contract attorney.

Cuchifritos
1
New York US

This is the time to talk about our best learning experiences, and how to shape a good class at Trade School. Come with ideas, suggestions, and snacks to share!

Bring one of the following:
constructive feedback on classes you've loved or hated
drinks to share with everyone
ideas for a class you want to teach
snacks to share with everyone
suggestions for great learning formats (break-out groups, open space, what else?)

About the teacher, Caroline Woolard

We are co-founders of OurGoods.org and we barter a lot!

Cuchifritos
1
New York US

Sustainable fashion is like making a u-turn with a cruise ship... This class is for independent thinkers that want to shape a better world. So what exactly is eco-fashion? In a world of fast fashion can we go slow? Can fashion have a positive impact? Do you want to know about the things you're buying and how they'reproduced? If you are curious about ethical fashion this class will bring into focussustainability and responsibility into the design process. Learn about the impact of textiles on the environment, responsiblesourcing and manufacturing, zero waste practices, certification options and the supply chain. There will also be an introduction to fair trade, natural dyeing, working with artisans and rescuing endangered crafts.

Bring one of the following:
insider tips on sustainable fashion initiatives
local organic snacks for the class
organic/local chocolate, wine, bread, cheese for the class
spread the word about ethical practices in fashion

About the teacher, Carmen Artigas

Carmen has a background in apparel, accessories, and product design. Having already worked in India with artisan communities, certified organic cotton and natural dyes in 1999 exposed her to the challenges of developing sustainable products. Carmen has worked in fashion for almost 20 years, most recently in sustainable fashion consulting, designing, and sourcing. She is currently teaching Ethical Fashion at FIT and Parsons.

The Art of Book Folding

11:00p.m. to 12:30a.m.
Museum of Art and Design Classroom 5
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

Book folding is a simple yet beautiful way of preserving the written word and transforming it into art. As we move into a digital age, we see less of the actual book. By simply folding the pages of a book into a pattern, a new object emerges, showcasing the words themselves and the form. It’s art, it’s a new way to recycle, and it’s a tribute to reading/writing.

Bring one of the following:
Old photos
Tea cups
Your artwork
Your handmade jewelry
Your help on getting set up on Etsy

About the teacher, Amanda Tobier

I have worked with books all my life, whether in bookstores, in library school, or in the publishing company where I now work. I am a devoted reader and folder of books.

Spring Kite-Making

11:00p.m. to 12:30a.m.
Museum of Art and Design Classroom 4
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

This is a beginner's kite-making class. We will be making diamond kites out of bamboo spars and recycled Patagonia windbreakers. Basic sewing skills are encouraged, but not required.

Bring one of the following:
conduit organization to get access to materials for the arts
fundraiser space
logo design
shaved ice machine
supplies: paper towel rolls, spars, used nylons

About the teacher, Lee Dares

Lee's love for flying extends back to her childhood. Her father was a bush pilot and a commercial pilot, so she is accustomed to being surrounded by small planes and ultralights. As a result, she has 35 hours of recreational flying under her belt and has designed custom kites for many of her friends. Lee is planning to apprentice with a renowned sacred kite-maker in Bali before she dies.

Radical Museum: New Narratives

11:00p.m. to 12:30a.m.
Museum of Art and Design Classroom 3
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

Located near Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, Weeksville Heritage Center’s (WHC) mission is to document, preserve, and interpret the history of free African American communities in Weeksville, Brooklyn and beyond. Using WHC as case study, we will discuss WHC's role within a history of self-determination. As a history museum, interpreting free black presence in Brooklyn, New York in the 19th century, the perspective of seizing one’s own liberation drives WHC’s approach to unexpected and irreverent research and programming. Their demand for freedom and democracy on their own terms informs WHC’s radical ideology towards deconstructing traditional frameworks for developing museum programs. Using this subversive lens, WHC redefines ordinary ideas such as Oasis, Normalcy, Beauty, Taste, Intimacy, Holism, and Celebration as radical concepts of freedom. We highlight some poignant historic examples of self-determination from Weeksville’s history that inform our programming and offer conceptual interpretations of this history, demonstrating new notions and contemporary realizations of freedom in a museum context.

Bring one of the following:
Drawing Paper
Event Volunteer Saturdays in July
Garden Design Help
Social Media Consultation
Volunteer Crocheter ( for tree cozies)

About the teacher, Elissa Blount Moorhead and Jennifer A. Scott

Jennifer Scott, Adjunct Professor at The New School for Public Engagement, Parsons’ New School for Design, and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute’s Graduate School of Arts and Cultural Management. Jennifer also serves as the Vice Director/Director of Research at Weeksville Heritage Center, a historic house museum specializing in innovative applications of history, culture and the arts. At Weeksville, she researches and interprets nineteenth century history; supervises Weeksville’s archival, object and architectural collections; performs historical and curatorial research for programs and exhibitions; and produces Weeksville's intellectual activities. Elissa Blount Moorhead, Vice Director and Director of Exhibitions , Design, and Programming at WHC, is currently planning 3 years of programming for Weeksville’s new $30 million building, which is slated to open in early 2013. She is also launching the first ever Creative Lab, which employs design thinking and innovative ideation for museum problem solving.

Museum of Art and Design Classroom 3
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

This class is essentially a digital game design class for non-programmers where we will take a look at the many powerful yet free and (often open source) tools available for creating interactive digital games without coding skills, as well as free resources for making and gathering graphics, music and other assets used in games. We will take a brief tour of contemporary independent and artist made games, touching on some of the more significant exhibitions and contemporary figures as well as a bit of the literature dealing with games-as-art and the emerging field of academic game studies. And of course, we will MAKE GAMES! By the end of the day everyone will have created a simple playable game with their own original graphics using SCRATCH, a free game design environment and educational tool created by MIT’s Media Lab. Participants should bring a laptop if they want to make a game (Mac or PC is fine, we will cover tools for both) or just a pen and paper if they want to watch and learn about tools to use at home. They can also bring their own images and 2D graphics if they have some in mind that they'd like to use for their game.

Bring one of the following:
Art/Technology Books
Future Game Design Collaborators (with feminist politics)
Haribo Candy/Tree-Nut Free Snacks!
Pre-Calculus Tutoring
Visiting Artists/Designers for my classroom (with DOE fingerprinting)

About the teacher, Sarah Schoemann

I'm a Brooklyn-based artist and educator pursuing a MS fellowship at NYU’s Polytechnic Institute where I study human/computer interaction, game design and interactive art. I was recently named an Independent Game Design Association 2012 scholar and was nominated for best visuals in this years Global Game Jam at the NYU Game Center. I also teach robotics to elementary school kids. We are currently designing a responsive basketball hoop using the Arduino Uno microcontroller.

Object Theater

11:00p.m. to 12:30a.m.
Museum of Art and Design Classroom 2
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

The proposed class is an exploration of the language of performative Object Theater. We will go through a series of exercises and games that will play with storytelling, meaning formation, and see how far we can push objects into metaphoric space until they force us to come back. We will use language, text, fairy tales, and physicalization to explore what kind of connections we can form to the objects we use daily. Please bring objects (as many as you'd like) that you either love, find engaging in any way, or that for some reason stuck to your hand.

Bring one of the following:
a how-to on bending/steaming and working with bent wood.
assistance building a giant dragon puppet
rehearsal space
sewing lessons
website build assistance

About the teacher, Marina Tsaplina

Object and physical theater performer, clown and puppeteer, Marina Tsaplina enlivens and brings forth to the audience the mystery within the physical world, connecting (and misconnecting) objects with stories, emotions, sound and breathe. We exist within a network of connected selves and non-selves, and the difference between you and a glass bottle, is a whisper. Can you hear it? Welcome to Vital Materialism. Marina has toured and performed with multiple productions across the United States and is currently in development of her full-length show Fool-in-a-Box. Most recently, she gave her time performing and teaching in a Performance-Relief mission in Japan for the one year anniversary of the Tsunami disaster.

Cuchifritos
1
New York US

We'll explore the intersection of the neural anatomy, migraines, and the visions of Hildegard. The eyes are an extension of the brain and play a critical role in non-visual functions. We'll cover how recently discovered photoreceptors in the retina may impact visual migraines. We'll start with the basic structure of the eye, its neuroanatomy and connect it to your expediences. Don't forget to bring sun glasses.

Bring one of the following:
at least 6
drawing or story of your visual migraine
help fix an old singer sewing machine
plans to build a hang glider
tape or CD of music you enjoy
yummy fruit

About the teacher, Natalia Lesniak

Natalia Lesniak works with light. She explores the impact light has on the human body. Her exploration of light ranges from performing experiments that explore how different wavelength affect us to traveling to places where there is no night.

Cuchifritos
1
New York US

Bring in a garment that carries a memory that you wish to share with a special person and creatively mend and alter to reflect and express your sensation of time spent in it. It may be the cardigan that you wore at your Grandfather's funeral or the dress that snagged on the chain link fence on the way to that abandon building with a special someone. Pass on your memories to the recipient of your choosing and see time and thread collide! We will provide sewing materials, and inspiration for alteration and mending techniques.

Bring one of the following:
A Surprise
Clothes that you no longer wear and would love to trade or use to make something new
Embellishments, like beads, beautiful thread, ribbons, sequins and son on
fabric
Home made sweets
Non-alcoholic drinks
Scraps of fabric
Textile Paint

About the teacher, Camilla Carper, Pascale Gatzen, Andrea Diodati, and Elisa van Joolen

Camilla Carper, Pascale Gatzen, Andrea Diodati, and Elisa van Joolen are New York based artists and fashion makers. They share, each in their own unique way, a fascination for the fabricated and lived life of clothing. During the workshop they will share this love with you through making, instruction and conversation. Andrea: http://daintydresses.wordpress.com/ Camilla: http://camillacarper.tumblr.com/ Pascale: http://pascalegatzen.net/ Elisa: http://www.elisamarchesini.com/

Rug Making on a Shoestring

4:00p.m. to 5:30p.m.
Cuchifritos
1
New York US

Learn how to make a coiled rag rug using only recycled cloth, twine, and needle and thread. Mindless fun. Satisfying activity for the budget-minded or pathologically cheap.

Bring one of the following:
3 cans of cat food
Box of Barry's tea, classic blend
Flannel shirt, any size
green apple + bosc pear, one of each
length of fabric, any kind except polyester.
Old sewing patterns, any quantity at all
tin of Hungarian paprika (Pride of Szeged is nice)

About the teacher, Jane Kelton

I like to make rugs, clothes and embroidered things that have no particular use value. I was born in Pennsylvania and lived a fair amount in Ireland in my adult life.

Cuchifritos
1
New York US

This is the time to talk about our best learning experiences, and how to shape a good class at Trade School. Come with ideas, suggestions, and snacks to share!

Bring one of the following:
constructive feedback on classes you've loved or hated
drinks to share
ideas for a class you want to teach
snacks to share
suggestions for great learning formats (break-out groups, open space, what else?)

About the teacher, Caroline Woolard

We are co-founders of OurGoods.org and we barter a lot!

Economics of Education

11:00p.m. to 12:30a.m.
Museum of Art and Design Theater
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

What does it mean to teach or learn something?  How does that transaction then fit into economics?  At a time of growing student debt, weighty university infrastructure, inventive start-ups, and changing technology, how can you think about the economics of education?  This class grows out of observations and hopes:  (1) The Occupy activism seems partly rooted in paralyzing student debt, yet also itself offers the structure for a radical DIY education movement.  (2) In the same way that iTunes unbundled an album into a playlist, technologies enable the unbundling of higher education.  Institutions like General Assembly, Brooklyn Brainery, and Skillshare could be beta versions that grow int large, democratically available, curated learning platforms.  In this participatory lecture, we will try on a lot of these ideas and think openly about inventing the future structures and systems of education.

Bring one of the following:
bring interesting spices or jarred condiments
help me develop a logo for art-business classes
help me learn how to make an online newsletter
I have a wordpress side -- help me make it better, through programming suggestions and design feedback (amywhitaker.org)
make me a drawing
read my list of ideas for articles and give me feedback
recommend new music (I love old REM and classic hip hop, dislike Fugazi)
share a story of a favorite local business
teach me a good routine for backing up my files

About the teacher, Amy Whitaker

Amy Whitaker has an MBA and an MFA and loves to teach business as a creative practice.  She is on the Art Business faculty at the Sotheby's Institute and at California College of the Arts, and lectures widely, including workshops and talks with LMCC, Creative Capital, RISD, Google, and Yale.  Her first book Museum Legs that was the freshman reading book at RISD in 2010.  She has taught at Trade School since 2010.  

Museum of Art and Design Classroom 5
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

As we care for ourselves, we become more effective activists and advocates. But even for activists, our workplaces are not always structured to support this work of "changing ourselves to change our world," and there is an ever-present risk of burning out. Battling burnout is hard enough on your own time... and it's even harder to deal with it in the heat of a social / environmental justice campaign, or while working the line as a short-order cook! Most modern workplaces foster an unhealthy model of constant stress and tension without acknowledging the limitations to productivity that result from unhealthy, unsustainable work habits. How can we begin to take care of ourselves at work, while yielding increased focus and high performance levels? Then, how can we begin to take care of our colleagues by fostering a healthier, more human-friendly workplace? We'll together explore some of the limitations exhibited by conventional thinking about "work-life balance" and "activist machismo," finishing with a set of concrete skills to support more effective change-making and self-care. Takeaways will cross the spectrum, from techniques for unplugging and self-guided meditation -- to tools to make meetings efficient, enjoyable, and sensitive to the needs of real human beings (and that includes your boss). The discussion format itself will introduce and then utilize several innovative "social technologies" that actually encourage participation and break conventional barriers to communication and collaboration in the office... whether you work in a cubicle, a kitchen, or a commune.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise!
Folk and hip hop recommendations
Old picture frames
Rubber stamps
Your favorite recipe

About the teacher, Jeremy Friedman and Kayla Santosuosso

Jeremy Friedman founded the Office of Sustainability at New York University, where he works to develop effective systems that empower people to embed change throughout a highly decentralized, hyper-urban community, improving environmental performance and fostering a culture of ecological literacy. Jeremy has consulted on behalf of local, national and international organizations and governments on topics such as structuring public participation in green initiatives; how to accelerate and sustain institutional change; and how to strategically frame and message socially just environmental policies. His latest project shifts focus to consider how many of the self-care techniques that support personal health and well-being turn out to correspond closely to the professional skills that enable strong leadership and make all meaningful change possible. Jeremy has taught as an adjunct professor of Environmental Studies at NYU. His favorite charismatic megafauna is the lamentably-extinct Giant Ground Sloth, which doubtless would endorse his commitment to sustainability and health, were it alive today. Kayla Santosuosso is the Coordinator for Engagement and Communications in NYU's Office of Sustainability, and a Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies student. A proud daughter of restaurant owners, her environmental passion is largely dedicated to issues of food, agriculture, and waste, and how the three necessarily inform each other. She is an urban gardener, the founder of the Student Food Cooperative at NYU, head of sourcing for the Bushwick Food Co-op, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive. Future goals include heading to the Middle East to work on sustainable food system development, particularly within the Palestinian territories. In the meantime, she will continue to amass an unbelievable amount of used books, listen to as much NPR as possible, and try to match the glory of her grandmother's pancakes.

Embroidery Basics

11:00p.m. to 12:30a.m.
Museum of Art and Design Classroom 4
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

In this class, you'll learn the basics of embroidery. I'll teach you four ways of making lines on fabric, as well as a handful of "fancy" stitches. All materials will be provided, but you might like to bring along a favorite piece of fabric to embellish. A simple transfer technique will also be demonstrated, so feel free to bring a favorite quote or small drawing to translate into stitch.

Bring one of the following:
A beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers
Canning Jars (pints and half pints only)
Canning Jars (pints and half pints only)
Glitter or Jade Green Nail Polish
Good Dark Chocolate Bars (no milk)
Good Dark Chocolate Bars (no milk)
Good Olive Oil
Good Olive Oil
Good Red Wine
Good Red Wine
House Plants
House Plants
Ikea Poang Chair (used is ok!)
Ikea Poang Chair (used is ok!)
Jade Green Opi Nail Polish or other great colors!
Keen Flip Flops, Women's Size 10
Local Honey
Maple Syrup
Moleskine Sketchbook a3
Moleskine Sketchbook a3
Tracing Paper Pad or Roll
Vintage Embroidery Collection
Vintage Embroidery Collection

About the teacher, Rebecca Ringquist

I am a New York based artist who makes work primarily using embroidery. I'm currently an artist in residence at the Museum of Arts and Design, where you can find me most Wednesdays working on my artwork and talking with museum visitors. I teach embroidery workshops around the country- and I love making trades!

Bodies by Design

11:00p.m. to 12:30a.m.
Museum of Art and Design Classroom 3
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

In “Bodies by Design” we will explore the organic fusion of movement, design, and architecture. By exploring and expanding the architecture of the body in motion we will create fantastical, whimsical, and distorted images where the lines between object and human, viewer and viewed, performance and experience are often blurred. Quite simply, we will create "bodies by design" and "design by bodies". Participants in this class will have the opportunity to use props and site-specific fixtures to inform their creative process and move through various spaces from enclosed to elevated. We will begin with a short warm up and improvisational exercises to get the body and mind connected with its surroundings. Then we will visit various sites in the Museum of Arts and Design, engaging itʼs art and architecture into individual moving body designs. After composing short choreographic phases the class will return to the studio to compose one integrated movement collage that exhibits the experience of merging external aesthetic with internal direction. After viewing the creative work on video, we will culminate by discussing the experiential, choreographic process and the ways in which design and motion inform each other. Open to: dancers, non-dancers, artists, anyone interested in a multi- disciplinary approach to design or playful experimentation.

Bring one of the following:
1.5 hours of Grant Research
Bottle of wine or booze
Commitment to volunteer for upcoming shows and events (gets you a free ticket also)
Design Help- logos, website, etc.
Fresh baked goods
Hair Consultations and Stylings
Herb plants - basil, mint, cilantro, parsly are our faves
Paying Dance Jobs

About the teacher, Anji Crain

Anji Crain and Svea Schneider met while touring with the internationally acclaimed dance company, Decadancetheatre, where they began fusing urban dance styles such as hip hop, house, breakdancing and vogue with contemporary dance techniques. Versed in styles from street to stage the two have taught and performed together at such esteemed venues as Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Joyce Soho, Bumbershoot Festival and London's Southbank Center as well as appeared in several music videos, commercials and TV shows on MTV, BET, and ABC. Alumni of NYU Gallatin, the two continue to study of the intersections between dance, sociology and anthropology with an experimental approach to choreography and dance production. As longtime faculty of Peridance Center and New York City public schools they are committed to outreach and to promoting fun, comfortable yet quirky investigations of the moving process. Svea, originally from Landau Germany, has been presenting original choreography in festivals around NYC since 2008. In 2009 she formed Kinematik Dance Theater which is currently in residence at University Settlement. Her choreography re-imagines the conventional by presenting visual moving collages that bemuse the mind of the viewer. Anji has been dancing and teaching throughout NYC and Vermont since 2002. In 2007, she directed the documentary short film “Get Ya Hood Up Girl”, which exposes the corporeal contradictions experienced by professional female hip hop dancers as they tackle concepts of femininity, sexuality and body image. Building on her background in event production, her passion for collaborative multi-media art-making, and a vision of integrated art communities, she formed A+ Productions, a multi- disciplinary production company. Anji is currently collaborating with KINEMATIK DANCE on "Smoking Mirrors", the first in a series of “Performance Design” events which present interactive art installations turned socially engaged performance environments.

Museum of Art and Design Classroom 2
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

Students will experience Odissi (classical Indian dance) by watching, reading, chanting, and doing basic Odissi dance in a lecture-demonstration method with student participation. Handouts will be provided for reference. Aspects covered include body technique, chanting notes, footwork, body movement, hand gestures, head, neck and eye movements done in coordination to give expression to the dance. Recitation of a 14 words Sanskrit poetry with hand gestures and body movement danced to music. Brief demonstration of a 5 minutes dance item will be done to give reference to the learning experience.

Bring one of the following:
You dancing with me
Your dance technique to experience new movement
Your favorite piece of music for dance
Your favorite poetry to create new dance
Your unique dance costume that can compliment Odissi

About the teacher, Mala Desai

I am an Indian classical dancer who believes that dance nurtures the soul and leads you to experience ultimate freedom. I am devoted to preserving, promoting and perpetuating Odissi dance. A dancer, choreographer and teacher, I practice Odissi and regularly experiment with other classical dance forms in collaborative initiatives with USA based professional dancers to increase awareness with new audiences about Odissi. I am a current grantee for the Folk Artist Development Program 2011-12 and received the Strategic Opportunities Stipend 2010-11 from the New York Foundation for the Arts. I am on the dance faculty of the Young Indian Culture Group and conduct private and group Odissi classes. I have been an instructor on Indian dance at the New School, New York University, Manhattanville College, and a Master Artist with Lotus Music and Dance. In 2011 I launched "Odra Disha Collaborations" at Pragati, a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower women for economic independence promoting South Asian arts education and initiating community dialogue on social issues using arts as a medium. Some recent performances and presentations have included participation with 106 dancers for the 9/11 Remembrance Table of Silence Project by Buglisi Dance Theater at the Revson Plaza, Lincoln Center. In 2011 I presented "Om Namo" at The Gallatin School of NYU in new unique Odissi-Ballet-Modern dance technique fusion choreography. I danced at the "Yaatra International Festival" in 2010 held at the Stein Auditorium, New Delhi.

Learn to Make Plarn

11:00p.m. to 12:30a.m.
Museum of Art and Design Classroom 1
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

Recycle while you crochet! Come out and learn to make your own PLARN! Plarn is Plastic yarn made from plastic shopping bags, and is AWESOME for making your own crocheted grocery bags! Come out and learn to make plarn! You will also get a free pattern to crochet a plastic grocery bag!

Bring one of the following:
An herb plant (basil, peppermint, oregano, or lavender)
Fabric (1 or more yards)
Full skein of yarn-wool, mohair or angora fiber
Handmade Vegan Soap (tea tree oil or lavender-non glycerin)
Prismacolor Markers or Copic Markers

About the teacher, "The Craftaholic" Diana Gonzalez

Diana "The Craftaholic" is a self taught mixed media artist living in Brooklyn, New York. She began her journey to inspire others to create when she became a mother. When she started her art group, The Craftaholic’s School of Art & Creativity, she did so, seeing a lack of community within the artists and crafters that dwell in the New York City area. This fueled her passion for bringing artists together, for inspiring others to create, and therefore, helped her build up her blog, The Confessions of a Craftaholic, which she started in 2007.

Homecoming Dance Party

2:00a.m. to 6:00a.m.
70 N 6th St
70 North 6th Street
Brooklyn US

One more dance! Hot sweaty DJ sets by DJ Nordic Traxx, DJ Lil Lil, DJ Tinseltown, and Viva's BODYroll Crew teaching us some floor melting moves to be followed by a DANCE OFF. Winners will be amply rewarded with prizes and smoky, suggestive looks.

Bring one of the following:
a truck for moving on April 7th
a wild costume
crazy contagious dance energy
help moving into our new space April 8th and 9th
help spreading the word

About the teacher, Caroline Woolard

We are co-founders of OurGoods.org and we barter a lot!

Cuchifritos
1
New York US

It occasionally comes up in conversation that I don't have a Facebook and the usual reaction goes like this: "Oh that's great. I would quit, but I just have so many random contacts that I can't keep in touch with any other way / I wouldn't get invited to any events / how else do I know what my ex is up to?!". This isn't going to be a class about conspiracy theories of how Facebook manipulates users, sells their information, and makes billions in profit. It's about recognizing pros and cons of any aspect of your life and going with your gut. This class is for those who have quit, want to quit or are curious about quitting. We'll explore the process of letting go, from the initial internal struggle and pressing the delete button to rethinking your social life and creating a healthy relationship with the Internet.

Bring one of the following:
A nice poem
A re-gift
A surprise
Snacks for the class
Your favorite recipe

About the teacher, Amanda Hass

Amanda Hass is video editor and general hobbyist who also writes and makes music. She deleted her Facebook account in February 2011 and knows very little of the changes since then - only via Internet memes about feeds within feeds and friend's complaints about something called a "timeline".

Cuchifritos
1
New York US

Come build a geodesic home furnishing while being serenaded with the resonating significance of these structures and their interconnectedness. Master geometer Tom Miller guides you through his traveling geometric model show while Gentry Farley guides you through the building of your own icosahedron mobile.

Bring one of the following:
35 pieces of 8.5 x 11 paper any color (to make your object)
Animation skills
Graphic design skills
Home made or special foods (organic, local, or just cool)
Website skills, html, wordpress, coding
Your Art

About the teacher, Gentry Farley

I’m the creative director and content developer for a small geometry collaborative New Tools Lab here in New York/ Brooklyn. My partner Tom Miller’s developed a new way to learn about geometry based on a colorful hand held modeling system. It works essentially like a puzzle that you can take apart and put back together, 'everything' you 'need' to know about geometry can be learned along the way. My background and BFA is in Design (Theater), Tom’s a seasoned New Yorker artist and carpentry craftsman.

Cuchifritos
1
New York US

Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology) I'd like to invite you to participate in an experiment with the goal of achieving state of flow through fun and interactive set of physical game-exercises. I have exercises which can help one get in to the state of flow. These exercises are based on ideas from different disciplines (including martial arts, contact improvisation, Feldenkrais method). These exercises would be a starting point. Participants encouraged to modify exercises and create new ones.

Bring one of the following:
a surprise
chocolate
coffee
drawing supplies
food

About the teacher, Igor Shteynberg

I am a Feldenkrais practitioner, Martial Artist and Contact Improviser and am interested in how through physical movements and explorations people can learn about themselves.

Blogging 101

4:00p.m. to 5:30p.m.
Cuchifritos
1
New York US

Curious about blogging? Want to learn what "monetizing" means? Do you want to blog about your art, design, crafts, or whatever but do NOT know where to begin? Learn how to build an "online presence" and familiarize yourself with the basics of blogging!

Bring one of the following:
fabric
Full skeins of yarn (wool or natural fibers)
graphite crayons
moleskin notebook (unlined 5x8.25 size)
Prismacolor markers
watercolor paper pad (cold press, canson brand)

About the teacher, "The Craftaholic" Diana Gonzalez

Diana "The Craftaholic" is a self taught mixed media artist living in Brooklyn, New York. She began her journey to inspire others to create when she became a mother. When she started her art group, The Craftaholic’s School of Art & Creativity, she did so, seeing a lack of community within the artists and crafters that dwell in the New York City area. This fueled her passion for bringing artists together, for inspiring others to create, and therefore, helped her build up her blog, The Confessions of a Craftaholic, which she started in 2007.

Cuchifritos
1
New York US

We invite you to cultivate your public being and embrace the little known, privately owned, public spaces in Manhattan. It may be a world of granite seats, glass atriums and indoor palm trees, but this is no reason not to find the comforts of home. We will present a virtual tour of the most noteworthy spaces and discuss radical and whimsical ways to make these places a living and work resource. We love to discuss, so please, bring your thoughts and ideas.

Bring one of the following:
-A book that has the answer
-A conversation over dinner
-A geology lesson
-A plant
-A stone
-A welding class
-Participation, input, your thoughts and ideas
-Someone to recycle my old computers

About the teacher, Ivy Haldeman and Fran Gallardo

Fran Gallardo, trained as an architect in Spain, is currently a visiting scholar at NYU. He is helping to bring “Inteligencias Colectivas” to the Unites States, http://www.inteligenciascolectivas.org/. Ivy Haldeman is an artist and inhabitant of this curious and generous New York City.

Cuchifritos
1
New York US

Learn the technical basics you'd need for public radio reporting: how to use a mic, what gear to get, and how to edit and put a story together, as well as how to turn your closet into a recording booth so NPR won't know you don't have studio access when you file for them. We'll use Reaper audio editing software which you can download a trial version of in class. Bring a laptop, or come ready to share with your neighbor.

Bring one of the following:
A massage
A surprise
Adventure
Art
Help making a website
Help renovating my kitchen -- ideas/design, labor, a contractor, supplies, anything.
Loose leaf tea is nice
Modern furniture
Music I've never heard but should

About the teacher, Alex Goldmark

Public radio reporter/producer at WNYC and an Adjunct at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.

The Kitchen Salon

4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Cuchifritos
1
New York US

Do you want outstanding hair without an outrageous price? Want to be able to pronounce all of the ingredients listed on your hair and body products? Then perhaps you should consider starting your own DIY kitchen salon. What started as a quest for healthy long natural hair has completely shifted my approach to my nutrition and expanded an already growing interest in reusing and recycling. It's amazing how much I've learned about the multifaceted uses of common items that are always in my kitchen and bathroom. The more I learn the more I want to share, which is why I started a blog called The Kitchen Salon (thekitchensalon.blogspot.com). If you want to save money and look great while being healthier or more eco-friendly, check out what you can do with your own kitchen salon!

Bring one of the following:
dance rehearsal space
feedback that may or may not be posted on the blog
mini bean bags (for use with kids in dance classes)
pair of knitting needles (average size)
volunteer photographer (for outdoor and/or performance shoots)

About the teacher, Pia Monique Murray

Dancer. Thinker. Choreographer. Dreamer. Educator. Administrator. Daughter. Wife. Friend. So welcome to The Kitchen Salon, my blog series on DIY hair products made from all natural ingredients, mostly items that can be found in your kitchen and bathroom. I will not claim to be the originator of the ideas, but I do put my own personal spin on every recipe I come across (cause that's how I do... even as I kid I never followed directions too closely).

Barter 101

4:00p.m. to 5:30p.m.
Cuchifritos
1
New York US

We might not have a lot of money, but we have a lot of skills and resources to offer one another. How can we build trust and communicate clearly with one another? We will talk about the problems and possibilities of barter.

Bring one of the following:
any GC's
any novelty items
any products or services of the student
feedback about OurGoods.org
fresh organic produce
help organizing my laptop files
Lapid chicharon
stories about bartering
suncel prepaid cards 100 pesos
user testing of OurGoods.org
volunteers to help at our events

About the teacher, Caroline Woolard

We are co-founders of OurGoods.org and we barter a lot!

Casting Your Memory in Latex

6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m.
Cuchifritos
1
New York US

This is one of the basic and the easiest casting/molding technique in sculpture. Utilizing latex, we will learn how to cast your object in latex and make the replica of your object "surface". It will be very colorful and original skin of your memory in the end.

Bring one of the following:
(If you have latex, yes great.) But if not, NO WORRY! I will bring as much as possible from my pocket ;-)
1 Cheese cloth or gaze (around 1ft x 1ft)
1-2 pair of Non-latex glove, M size. http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=15755331
2or3 different acrylic color paints (small) any brighter blue, green or redish colors are better
3 Chip Brush (1.5 or 2 inches)

About the teacher, Takashi Horisaki

This is part of Social Dress series I continue as community project. Please bring hard object like plastic or xerox copy of your memorable paper item like photo as well as the original. It is because it might damage the original object only if it is paper base though if you prefer, it will be within the latex cast forever as your work of Art. I will upload demo video online later! You did not understand at all? Let's jump into the unknown world then.

The Art of the Interview

8:00p.m. to 9:30p.m.
Cuchifritos
1
New York US

The interview is not a defined method, it's an exciting way to create social relationships. Do you interview strangers, family members, friends, experts, celebrities, role-models, enemies? Do you interview them on the street? In their kitchens? In their workplaces? In a studio? In a park? In a car? In a dinner? Do you ask questions to understand the decisions of a character? To investigate the complexities of a social conflict? To find evidence for a crime? To reveal the hypocrisy of those in power? To question your own position as a media-maker? To provide clarity? To create confusion? To raise new questions? We will brainstorm different interview goals and collaborate on developing the most effective ways to face these challenges. For people who make films, produce podcasts, practice journalism, facilitate discussions, conduct research, teach through interactive methods. And for everybody who wants to contribute to this entertaining learning experience.

Bring one of the following:
A bag of coffee
A feminist surprise
A plant
A protest sign
Book on feminist, queer, or black history
Film ticket
Milk chocolate
Pretty blank notebook
Short vintage summer dress (Size M)

About the teacher, Martyna Starosta aka The Film Detective

Martyna Starosta is a radical media-maker, educator, and activist. She graduated from the University of the Arts in Berlin and is currently pursuing her MfA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College, New York. She also teaches Media Studies to undergraduates in Hunter’s Film and Media Department. Martyna is committed to tracing histories of struggles for social justice, she is striving to capture inspiring moments of resistance and solidarity. For her, the media are instrumental tools for social change. Martyna works both individually and collaboratively. Her projects have been presented in numerous festivals, shows and online platforms.

my debt story

11:00p.m. to 1:00a.m.
SJDC/Kellen Gallery
2 West 13th Street
new york US

A part of Occupy University's fall semester, we're exploring the theme of debt. In this series of classes we will watch videos from the YouTube channel called MyDebtStory, and work to codify and share our own experiences.

Bring one of the following:
1 apple
1 debt story
article or essay on debt
piece of wisdom

About the teacher, Occupy university

OccU is an university founded during the movement. We believe in collaborative and politically empowering education.

Pie Social & DANCE PARTY

11:00p.m. to 5:00a.m.
Treehaus
94 Monroe Street
Brooklyn US

Come to a pie social hosted by housing cooperative Treehaus to share YOUR idea of a delicious pie. Sweet? Savory? A delectable swirl of each? Prizes awarded to Most Original, Prettiest, Tastiest and Failure pie-because one person's failure is another person's hangover breakfast food. Then burn off the calories on the dance floor to the stylings of DJ Make Believe. You'll be sliding around the floor like a it's a greased pie tin. Remember we need eaters as well as bakers. People with their own forks and plates get a humanitarian award. Jello shots and $2 beers will be for sale until they run out or we get tired of manning the bar. Finally, wear your pie finest whilst you pie dinest.

Bring one of the following:
a commitment to keeping it clean
a homemade pie
agree to talk to someone you don't know
an appetite for pie
help cleaning up!!! (Sunday as well)
wild dance moves

About the teacher, Trade School

Trade School New York is currently organized by Rachel Vera Steinberg, Caroline Woolard, and Or Zubalsky. Starting with a chapter in New York in 2010, Trade School chapters now exist in more than 50 cities around the world.

Museum of Art and Design Theater
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

The idea of a ‘Human Economy’ came out of an international movement inspired by the World Social Forum in 2001. A human economy would be one that gives priority to what people really do and think, while addressing the needs of humanity as a whole. A program has been set up in Pretoria, South Africa to develop research on the human economy from the perspective of the global South. A short talk will outline its aims and achievements before opening up a conversation about how a project whose academic outputs are still largely limited to words might engage the public in more contemporary ways.

Bring one of the following:
a question for Keith Hart
a snack to share with a stranger
make a drawing of the human economy
make a video about the human economy
make an info-graphic about the human economy
write some tips about how to visualize the human economy

About the teacher, Caroline Woolard

We are co-founders of OurGoods.org and we barter a lot!

Economic Anthropology Reading Group

9:00p.m. to 10:30p.m.
Eyebeam
540 W 21st Street
new york US

What can we learn from economic anthropology? What do the commons, community-based measures of value, financial literacy, and economic performance have to do with culture? This is a group that wants to explore the theory and practice of other (feminist, alternative, solidarity, "new," sharing, human) economies.

Bring one of the following:
commitment to being on time
help cleaning up
reading suggestions
snacks to share
tea to share

About the teacher, Caroline Woolard

We are co-founders of OurGoods.org and we barter a lot!

Museum of Art and Design Theater
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

Impelled by consumer credit crises, many governments are introducing market-focused financial literacy programs. But what kinds of literacies are most needed for a sustainable, convivial economy? This talk illustrates how barter and sharing create new literacies for security and prosperity, and examines the challenge of combining different kinds of economic knowledge.

Bring one of the following:
Come prepared to talk about how you learned what you know about personal finances (e.g., saving, borrowing, interest, credit, debt, investment, etc.).
Find a short quote on the topic of financial security by Dave Ramsey that you could read aloud, or come ready to perform a short impression of Dave Ramsey on this topic.
Find a short quote relevant to the topic of security by Joanna Macy that you could read aloud, or come ready perform a short impression of Joanna Macy on this topic.
Have a conversation to discover another person’s gifts. These might include gifts of the head (what someone knows), gifts of the hands (what someone can do), and gifts of the heart (what someone cares about). You might create a portrait of these gifts.
Survey up to five people on the following two questions: Question 1. On a scale of 0 to 10, how financially secure do you feel? Zero = not at all secure; 10 = extremely secure. Question 2. What is the minimum level of net worth you would need for a ratin

About the teacher, Caroline Woolard

We are co-founders of OurGoods.org and we barter a lot!

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
New York US

What is security? What is a woman? What is not art? On January 5th, we invite you to respond to these questions at the Brooklyn Museum with projected text messages, drawings, or in dialog with a stranger.

Bring one of the following:
Approach a stranger and ask: WHAT IS A WOMAN?
Approach a stranger and ask: WHAT IS NOT ART?
Approach a stranger and ask: WHAT IS SECURITY?
Be ready to draw A WOMAN in the Beaux Arts Court.
Be ready to draw NOT ART in the Beaux Arts Court.
Be ready to draw SECURITY in the Beaux Arts Court.
Take a photo of A WOMAN and text it to us during the event.
Take a photo of NOT ART and text it to us during the event.
Take a photo of SECURITY and text it to us during the event.

About the teacher, Caroline Woolard

We are co-founders of OurGoods.org and we barter a lot!

Measure for Measure: What's Fair?

12:00a.m. to 1:30a.m.
Museum of Art and Design Theater
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

Small farmers in Panama and Colombia raise many crops for home consumption, including rice, maize, potatoes, beans and greens. To accomplish this work, they often recruit and trade labor, and to facilitate these exchanges, they use creative, homemade measures. Each crop and each task in a crop has a different ruler. The work is not interchangeable nor are the measures, such as a rice task for a maize task; they are incommensurate. The people do say, however, that they are trading life’s vitality or energy for life’s vitality. With changing times, the farmers also are raising crops for sale. Work in these crops is measured by the day and is priced and paid in money. This commensuration or bringing to a single bottom line is eroding the customary rulers and language. What are the traditional measures, and what does the local language about work tell us about market life?

Bring one of the following:
a drawing of homemade measures of value that you use with your friends
Draw a diagram or make a picture of our economy as you see it.
How should art be valued? Give us some written notes.
Sketch some different ways to compare one thing with another and/or how you would like people to measure and compare.
What can’t you measure, and why? Write it down or draw it.

About the teacher, Caroline Woolard

We are co-founders of OurGoods.org and we barter a lot!

Qualities of Economic Performance

12:00a.m. to 1:30a.m.
Museum of Art and Design Theater
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

In the dominant economy, economic performance typically refers to the outcomes of an enterprise, industry, or a national or global economy and the degree of efficiency with which the outcomes are met. It is measured in terms of achievements, such as value creation (largely shareholder value) and growth. Interesting questions arise when we consider economic performance in broader terms than outcomes, accounting for the qualities of performances themselves. In this talk, Jason Pine draws from his recent book The Art of Making Do in Naples (University of Minnesota Press 2012) to consider qualities of economic performance that get lost in the narrow formulations that have dominated talk of “the economy.” He suggests that by looking at the contact zones where the “formal,” “informal” and “illicit” economies overlap, we can better sense some of the potent affective and aesthetic forces, such as the desire for personal sovereignty and the freedom to make creative decisions, that are at work in any economic scene.

Bring one of the following:
a question
a snack
an example of how aesthetics plays a role in economic performance
an example of how affect plays a role in economic performance

About the teacher, Caroline Woolard

We are co-founders of OurGoods.org and we barter a lot!

Museum of Art and Design Theater
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

TimeBanksNYC will lead a brief thematic exploration of the audience’s relationship to time based exchange. After the Forum Project’s “Occupy the Stage” will perform the forum theater scene “Unsilencing Racism” to engage the audience in interactive dialogue around issues of economic and racial oppression.

Bring one of the following:
ideas and actions related to economic and racial oppression
ideas and actions related to time-based exchange
showing up on time!
snacks to share with the audience
willingness to get on stage

About the teacher, Caroline Woolard

We are co-founders of OurGoods.org and we barter a lot!

Museum of Art and Design Theater
2 Columbus Circle
new york US

Silvia Federici will discuss how a gender based approach can reframe the question of the commons. In particular she will describe the struggles that women are making internationally to create more collective forms of reproduction.

Bring one of the following:
A drawing of the commons
A written story about the commons
Commitment to show up on time
Questions prepared for Silvia Federici

About the teacher, Caroline Woolard

We are co-founders of OurGoods.org and we barter a lot!

Starting a Pedagogy Project

6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.
Queens Museum
New York Ave.
new york US

Trade School and the Forum Project will facilitate a workshop and conversation on Pedagogical Projects for Arte Útil. Sign up at http://arteutil.net/submit/working-groups/ to discuss your pedagogical projects and potential collaborations.

Bring one of the following:
http://arteutil.net/submit/working-groups/
interest in embodied learning
willingness to listen generously
willingness to speak up

About the teacher, Caroline Woolard

We are co-founders of OurGoods.org and we barter a lot!

Workshop your workshop

11:00p.m. to 12:30a.m.
miLES STOREFRONT at FABWORKS
75 East 4th Street
new york US

Interesting in teaching a class at Trade School? Join us to workshop your ideas with current and future educators. We'll develop strategies for sharing skills, creatively conveying information, and facilitating dynamic discussions. Bring class materials that you want to get feedback on, questions, and open minds!

Bring one of the following:
1lb of fresh organic fruit/veggies
Access to a laser cutter with a bed that is 20'' X 30''
Creative lecture examples (links, descriptions, etc)
Icebreaker examples
Letter pressing demo
Lithography demo
Photography/lighting demo or barter
Readings about critical pedagogy
Strategies for facilitating conversations
Workshop plans

About the teacher, Huong Ngo

I am an artist and an educator. I have taught at the MoMA, Pratt, The School of the Art Institue of Chicago, Parsons the New School for Design, Secret School, and Trade School. My practices are influenced by Paulo Friere, Augusto Boal, bell Hooks, and Myles Horton. I enjoy using Theater of the Oppressed techniques in my classes and I like ice breakers.

Reading, Writing, and Telling Stories

11:00p.m. to 12:30a.m.
miLES STOREFRONT at FABWORKS
75 East 4th Street
new york US

In this workshop, facilitated in the Narrative Medicine tradition, we will read and reflect on short excerpts from literary works, write about our own life experiences, and allow ourselves to be moved by the power and richness of our shared stories. Everyone is welcome and no prior writing experience is required.

Bring one of the following:
a coffee/tea/drink at a
a list of great things to do in NYC in the summer
a surprise
networking help
organic produce

About the teacher, Martina Steiger

I'm currently completing a Master of Science program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. When not playing a graduate student, I serve as a counsellor, spiritual life coach and educator in my own company, Creative Conscious Transformation, through which I lecture internationally, teach seminars, work with clients one-to-one and offer personalized intensive weekend retreats.

miLES STOREFRONT at FABWORKS
75 East 4th Street
new york US

Have you recently wound up in the role of "teacher?" What does it mean to be an educator, and how can you best teach and learn with your "students?" Designed especially but not exclusively for Trade School educators, this workshop is for anyone who has wound up as the "teacher" and wants to better understand how they can best support learning. We'll use Theatre of the Oppressed, a series of creative, interactive tools that involve the body and voice in ways that spark innovative and critical thinking. Fast-paced and anything but boring, this workshop helps educators to explore their roles as "teachers" through creative game play, critical reflection and deep dialogue while having lots of fun!

Bring one of the following:
data entry
film editing
grant research
grant writing
graphic design work
market research
online research
spreading the word about our work
workshop space donation

About the teacher, The Forum Project

The Forum Project (TFP) uses creative tools to create change by educating individuals and communities on important social issues and providing them with tools to combat the oppression. We use critical education, Theatre of the Oppressed and other creative techniques and provide opportunities for individuals and communities to explore, challenge themselves and others, and deconstruct power while having fun in a collaborative and interactive environment. Through workshops and performances we promote critical thinking, dialogue, personal growth, transformation and action.

miLES STOREFRONT at FABWORKS
75 East 4th Street
new york US

The term 'craftivism' is being used more and more nowadays. But what is craftivism and what is it not? During this lecture/discussion/debate we can learn about how craft can be used effectively as a tool for activism, mobilising and deep public engagement. Analysing examples of craftivism throughout history and looking at the benefits of craftivism for the viewer, reciever and viewer hopefully you will be convinced that, used in the best way, craft can and should be part of the activism tool kit.

Bring one of the following:
a sketch/doodle of the session
a soya latte
a surprise
a thoughtful question or comment
a tweet @craftivists mention during or post event
an introduction to someone you think would be a good contact for my work

About the teacher, Sarah Corbett

I live in London but I'm in NYC 10th May-10th June for work and holiday. I grew up in the fourth most deprived area in the UK and my background is in engaging people in global injustices working for large INGOs, the UK Department for International Development and most recently for Oxfam GB as a campaigner. I started doing craftivism (craft + activism) in 2009 as a hobby and reaction to traditional forms of activism. Due to demand I set up the global Craftivist Collective in 2010 which now has thousands of members. This hobby has turned me (randomly!) into one of the leading spokespeople in the craftivism movement (The Times featured me as the leader of one of their 5 'New Tribes' of 2012). I have worked with Tate, Hayward, cult jewellers Tatty Devine, TOMS Shoes, British Library, Secret Cinema & Save the Children amongst others. As well as collaborating with charities and art institutions, I also make & sell products, delivers workshops & talks & exhibits my own craftivism work around the world. 

Improve Your Proofreading Skills

11:00p.m. to 12:30a.m.
miLES STOREFRONT at FABWORKS
75 East 4th Street
new york US

Proofreading can be difficult and tedious, but this class can help! Learn and try out different strategies for eliminating errors in writing before they show up in print, online, or a prospective employer's inbox. We'll talk about how to work proofreading into your writing/work routine to perfect anything and everything, including e-mails, resumes, cover letters, applications, stories, articles, reports, and more. This class also covers the basics of the traditional editing process and proofreading symbols.

Bring one of the following:
A mix CD
A snack for the class
A surprise
Books to donate to my friends' K-12 classrooms
Dog treats
Graphic design help
Nail polish
School supplies for my friends' K-12 classroomrs
Some of your all-time favorite recipes

About the teacher, Grace Duggan

Grace Duggan is a writer, editor, proofreader, and Spanish translator. She has proofread everything from art articles and sports marketing materials to non-fiction books and research on pediatric anesthesiology. She is the Managing Editor of GLASS, a magazine about contemporary glass art. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, GLASS, GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet, BUST, The Huffington Post, and New York Family.

Choreography Night

11:00p.m. to 12:30a.m.
miLES STOREFRONT at FABWORKS
75 East 4th Street
new york US

Satisfy your craving for synchronized group dance routines. A casual fun way to dance as a group instead of... alone . We will gather as a group to collectively choreograph, then perform our routine at the end of the class. All levels welcome. Here's what we created at the last Trade School / Choreography Night, a positive experience for all: http://lilybenson.com/index.php?/ongoing/choreography-night/

Bring one of the following:
Cold Water
Cups
Props for Dancing
Snacks

About the teacher, Lily Benson & Saki Sato

Lily Benson & Saki Sato are artists in Brooklyn, NY who like to shake it.

miLES STOREFRONT at FABWORKS
75 East 4th Street
new york US

According to Bataille, a kind of horror (and hence modesty) regarding the shape and size of the foot begins in the modern era. What is it about this part of ourselves that touches the ground? How do we fashion it, and what are we doing when we do so? Cinderella, ballet shoes, high heels, foot binding, men's dress shoes... All to help us with the perennial question, "whatever shall I wear?"

Bring one of the following:
A pair of shoes that are uncomfortable
A short anecdote of you and shoes
assorted small needles lying around
Mad Coding Skills - Consultation
Random silverware
Shoe Making Skills - Consultation
The book most important to you and a note on why
UI Chops - Consultation

About the teacher, Chris Moffett

Chris Moffett, PhD, is a situated philosopher, barefoot runner, giant puppet maker, performance artist, educator, Feldenkrais practitioner, and consultant on entry-ways. He makes custom footwear around the actual foot in motion.

Practical Knitting-All Levels

11:00p.m. to 1:00a.m.
miLES STOREFRONT at FABWORKS
75 East 4th Street
new york US

If you are a complete beginner to knitting or need help finishing a project (up to intermediate level), I can help! You can bring your own materials or use mine. If you are new to knitting you'll leave with a project finished or nearly so. First-time projects: dishcloth or bookmark. Yarn and knitting needles provided for beginners. Quick review of materials will be provided.

Bring one of the following:
A haircut
House Cleaning
Interior Decorating Advice
Organizing Services
Personal Trainer Services
Rowing lessons
Snacks for class
Spanish Lessons
Yoga Instruction

About the teacher, Helen Schreiner

Helen Schreiner is a writer (and knitter!) living in New York City. She loves to teach.

CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Ave, room 9205
New York US

Trade School New York organizers will share struggles and experiences from the past four years of organizing a barter-based learning platform as a volunteer collective. Looking at the spaces, people, and infrastructure that Trade School requires, organizers Rachel Vera Steinberg, Or Zubalsky, and Caroline Woolard will address our transition from a short-term art project to an ongoing effort with aligned groups.

Bring one of the following:
feedback on the talk
illustrations about barter, education, or collectives
make a screen and silkscreen T-Shirts for us
permanent space for Trade school
python development help
readings on alternative pedagogy
recipes that work when you cook for 50 people
snacks to share
volunteers to help us mail T-shirts

About the teacher, Caroline Woolard

We are co-founders of OurGoods.org and we barter a lot!