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319 Scholes
WHO: Igal Nassima, founding director
WHAT: 319 Scholes supports digital arts and experimentation through exhibitions, workshops, and live performances. It uses a multidisciplinary approach to examine technology and its effects on our communities, relationships, and the body. Established in 2009, 319 Scholes is run by artists, curators and a core group of collaborators, operating out of a 3,000 sq. ft. gallery space in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It recently opened a coworking space that includes laser cutting and 3D printing in membership.

WHO: Jonathan Wahl, Jewelry center director
WHAT: The 92nd Street Y Jewelry Center is part of 92Y’s School of the Arts, which also includes Ceramics, Fine Art, and Photography Departments. The Jewelry Center hosts 60 classes a week and weekly technical workshops. Classes include gold & silversmithing, stone setting, wax carving, enameling, fashion jewelry and others. 212/415-5564.

Art Factory, Paterson, New Jersey
WHO: David Garsia
WHAT: The Art Factory in Paterson, NJ is offering all 3rd Ward artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs free access to communal facilities including metal shops, wood shops, photo studios, and large-format  spaces from now through the end of the year so they may finish the projects that have been suspended due to the abrupt closure of 3rd Ward.  This gives 3rd ward members a place to finish their work while they decide on their next moves., 973/278-1500.

Arts in Bushwick
WHO: Samantha Katz, Lucia Rollow
WHAT: Arts in Bushwick an all-volunteer, non-hierarchical organization known for producing Bushwick Open Studios. It provides a voice for creative minds in the community by working toward an integrated and sustainable neighborhood through arts programming, creative accessibility, and community organizing. Arts-in-the-community focused meetings are hosted bi-weekly at Tandem and bi-monthly at BatHaus. As always, we will remain a sounding board for creative ideas and arts initiatives within the neighborhood.,

Bat Haus
WHO: Natalie Chan, Cody Sullivan
WHAT: Bat Haus is a coworking space in Bushwick, right off Jefferson stop on L train. Our members are freelancers, start-ups and graduate students from Brooklyn and Manhattan. We welcome people from every discipline to try us out and new ideas for classes and workshops. Note: *possible classroom space?, 917/680-7465.

Bird River Studios
WHO: Sigrid Orr, co-owner & director of art studios at JCC in Manhattan
WHAT: Bird River Studios is a storefront mom + pop shop offering high-quality art, theater and creative writing classes for adults and kids. They wrote to say they are seeking artist educators to add to their schedule of adult class offerings. They are located on Grand in Wburg, owned by Sigrid and Trevis Orr, who have lived in the neighborhood for 18 years. They are best suited to instructors who have a following or can advertise programs effectively as well as teach their program in a true DIY setting so that students can go home and continue at their kitchen table., 917/379-7529.

Brooklyn Brainery
WHO: Jen, Soma, founders
Brooklyn Brainery is a community classroom in Prospect Heights, hosting classes for curious adults on everything from botany to bookbinding. Jen & Soma also initiated Instructor Matchmaking and to sign up, go here now.; 347-292-7246.

Brooklyn Craft Company
WHO: Brett Bara, founder
WHAT: Brooklyn Craft Company is a just-about-to-launch class and event space in Greenpoint, focusing on modern craft & DIY classes and events, as well as co-working space for makers. We aim to be a go-to resource for learning about modern crafts in a fun way – everything from traditional arts like sewing and knitting to trendier topics like printmaking, jewelry, terrariums, and even mixology. We are seeking teachers for our new class lineup and would love to meet with anyone who has a great idea for a crafty class. We’re also offering monthly co-working memberships in our headquarters in the Pencil Factory in Greenpoint. We have a classroom for up to 26 students available for rent to teachers.

Brooklyn Fire Proof
WHO: Paige, gallery coordinator; Burr Dodd, owner
WHAT: Brooklyn Fire Proof is a creative spaces company located in East Williamsburg, off the Morgan L-stop. Space for anyone who is looking to do creative work. Brooklyn Fire Proof Stages are full service film and television soundstages (think film, photographs, music videos), Brooklyn Fire Proof Workspaces manages over 100 artist workspaces (including record labels, music studios, painters, makers, anything really) and Brooklyn Fire Proof East is a community-curated art gallery and events space attached to a full-service bar and restaurant. Be in touch with Paige (the gallery coordinator) or Burr (Brooklyn Fire Proof owner) if you have a class you would like to teach, an exhibition you would like to hang, or an event you would like to produce.

The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts
WHO: Jesse Blonder, owner and director
WHAT: The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts in Brooklyn has been around for 6 years and offers career training and recreational programming. I am interested in speaking with anyone who has experience teaching cooking classes and anyone who might have been involved with 3rd Ward’s Culinary Incubator project.

WHO: Evan Fain
WHAT: is an educational guide to NYC that makes it easy to find, compare and enroll in thousands of professionally instructed classes in topics ranging from art, crafts and cooking, to tech, writing, design and more. Offering its users course credits for cancelled classes.

DCTV (Chinatown/Tribeca)
WHO: Dara Messinger, director of public programs
WHAT: Click here to read how DCTV wants to specifically support us: Message to 3rd Ward’s community.  DCTV is an established media arts resource supporting an expanding community of independent filmmakers. DCTV provides affordable hands-on workshops (in graphic/web design, producing, production, post), production equipment rentals, post-production facilities and services, space rentals, screening & events, youth programming, and more., 212/966-4510.

Fountain Art Fair
WHO: Beth Tully, producer
WHAT: Fountain is an alternative art fair that has received acclaim for its unique model and dedication to artists and galleries. It’s also a small business owned by a small group of people who are close like family, and many are Bushwick neighbors. She’s happy to answer questions about Fountain, but Beth reached out to offer support. Beth Tully is an incredibly resourceful human, and if you have questions about producing events—ask a producer.

Hack Manhattan
WHO: Guan Yang
WHAT: Hack Manhattan is a community hackerspace at 14th Street and 7th Ave. There are desks and tools for electronics and 3D printing, a machine shop with mill and lathe, and other random stuff. They also run regular classes and keep bees and grow plants on the roof, and brew beer and serve it in the space. It’s a membership based non-profit, but the space is open to the public at weekly open houses and whenever a member is around. It is run by volunteers and funded by membership dues and donations.

Happenstance Jewelry Studio
WHO: Max Goodman, founder
WHAT: Max Goodman is a jewelry designer and educator.  She is also the longest term former 3rd Ward teacher (clocked in at over 400 classes…). This year she opened Happenstance Jewelry Studio as a home for emerging jewelers at 230 Bogart (at Ten Eyck). It offers individualized instruction, dedicated bench space and supervised studio time.  “We’ve just started services for those seeking to build their own wedding jewelry, and are announcing a yearlong curriculum of study called Foundation Year.” Also offer work in exchange for training on a case by case basis for apprentice jewelers.

Manufacture New York
WHO: Nelis Parts, COO/CFO
WHAT: Manufacture New York is a hybrid fashion incubator and factory dedicated to providing independent fashion designers with the resources and skills to streamline their process, from concept to customer. MNY is driving a transformation to make local manufacturing an affordable, innovative, and sustainable option. Its first facility, the Garment Center Pilot Program, opened September 9th in the garment district and includes a fully-equipped sampling room, classroom space, computer workstations, and a conference/fitting room for incubator members and fashion and accessory designers.; 917/720-2537.

Mellow Pages Library & Reading Room
WHO: Matt Nelson
WHAT: Mellow Pages Library & Reading Room started this year, it’s a free space that hosts literary events several nights a week. They really inspire me so I interviewed them recently and when I asked them why they wanted to create a small-press library, the answer was basically: because it wasn’t there, and because people didn’t believe it could exist. Mellow Pages is already the center of a strong community. The guys wrote and gave away a guide on how to copy exactly what they’re doing, and they’re in the middle of a crowdsourcing fundraiser right now. If you have any questions about things like building a community, talk to Matt.

National Academy Museum & School
WHO: Sarah McCollom, marketing and PR manager
WHAT: The National Academy School offers studio courses in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, new & mixed media, and sculpture. We’re home to a diverse community of artists who study either on a course-by-course basis or all year round.  The Academy School is on the Upper East Side and is part of a larger organization including the National Academy Museum and association of artists and architects. For those displaced, we are offering free classes during our upcoming quarter, which starts November 4. Each member or student can take 1 free course of their choice by showing proof of registration/membership in 3rd Ward by Friday, November 1., 212.369.4880,  x223.

WHO: Ari Joseph/Margaret Raimondi
WHAT: O F F S I T E are a series of creative retreats. Over the course of a day or weekend, O F F S I T E provides workshops, games, installations and interactive learning experiences. Attendees get their hands dirty, learn new skills and push their creative boundaries. One past weekend was food and farm-based and included workshops such as treehouse building, chicken slaughtering, pig butchering and cheesemaking. O F F S I T E is scouting venues and putting together design, art and performance-themed weekends for 2014 and seeking instructors to lead workshops and would love to hear from any and all who are interested.

Painting Lounge, Williamsburg and Manhattan
WHO: Kevin Terasuk, founder
WHAT: Painting Lounge was started in 2011 with a goal to become an approachable art learning venue. Currently we feature daily acrylic painting classes designed for absolute beginners, but also provide enough challenge to satisfy students of all skill levels. Even before the closure of 3rd Ward, we were considering expanding our class offerings to reach a wider age and skill range. If you have a class idea, talk to Kevin.

The Public School: New York
WHO: John Munshour
The Public School: New York is an open-source educational platform in Greenpoint. It offers no curriculum, no set courses, and no accreditation. Classes are developed through proposals via its website: People propose classes they want to teach, things they’d like to learn and more. Classes are organized based on responses to the proposals.

Silent Barn
WHO: Theresa Buchheister
Silent Barn is a multi-arts collective, presently reconfiguring its mission statement to reflect what the space is and can be after being in operation since January in a new location.  It is a place to do and make many things with many people.  Silent Barn is developing internal and external modes of bartering and does shows and exhibits, classes, open hours and events of all kinds 7 days a week.

WHO: Geno
WHAT: TurnToTech is a multi-faceted creative/innovator/maker space in the Flatiron district. A tech school and free co-working and meetup space with classes ranging from software development and AfterEffects to animation and web development. TurnToTech wants to connect with instructors who have or want to develop curriculum related to technology, business development, and marketing. There’s no charge for the space, it’s a simple revenue share. Also interested in connecting with students and hosting events like hackathons, speaker series, et cetera., 212/924-TECH.

Union Docs
WHO: Christopher Allen
WHAT: Union Docs is a Center for Documentary Art that generates and shares ideas. We bring together experimental media-makers, dedicated journalists, critical thinkers, and local partners to present thought-provoking works of non-fiction (film, video, sound, photography, oral history, printed word, and performance), through over one hundred public events each year. UnionDocs is open to proposals for weeknight and weekend classes as well as more intensive learning experiences that tie in to its mission. We are also seeking a part time educational director who can organize and increase these activities.

WHO: Daniel Gutierrez, founder/Nancy Huang, community manager
WHAT: WECREATE is a community innovating through curiosity and collaboration offering workspace and membership to individuals, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. WE CREATE also offers a boardroom and venue rental for meetings, workshops, photo shoots, galleries, and other events. “We’re here to extend space and community to anyone who needs it. For members in need of workspace, we will honor 3rd Ward memberships for the next month. For instructors in need of a classroom, we are happy to host it depending on your needs. We also have gallery space for artists wishing to showcase their work. We’ve partnered with a woodworking shop in the Garment District and would love to bring in talented instructors to teach there. Lastly, we have a community full of creatives that would also be happy to share their knowledge and contacts and hopefully find new ways of working together.”



A Community Is Born!: A note from Robin.
Speakers: How to connect/work with/hire/collaborate with the 7 awesome speakers, the dashing emcee, and/or me.
Introductions: The 20+ others who were introduced during the event.
Ideas + more introductions: A few more people and ideas.
Writing workshops: Donation-based classes offered during the event.
Mailing list: Join.
A few photos.