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Speakers + hosts

Ryan O’Connor: Ryan O’Connor had an amazing time teaching sculpture and furniture making at 3rd Ward for the past 3 1/2+ years. He is seeking new teaching opportunities (metal/wood, cooking, art, sculpture, furniture,philosophy). He is very interested in working with new organizations to grow the quality and retention of their student enrollment as well as helping existing educators become better at what they do. Links: Cool Hunting, New York Times.

Genan Zilkha: Fabulous attorney who reminded us to check our leases and make DIYs legal. Click here to read a copy of Genan’s presentation.

Victoria Valencia: Artist who is making “something she won’t complain about.” Seeking partners and supporters. Website.

Evan Fain: CourseHorse VP who shared news of  Etsy partnership, CourseHorse has offered free courses to users who were refused refunds on cancelled 3rd Ward classes. 

Soma & Jen: The partners in Brooklyn Brainery who give us cool $5 classes and the Instructor Matchmaking Project., 347/292-7246. 

Theresa Buchheister: Invited us to the Silent Barn check out the collective and suggested exchanging resources like building her a bike rack—which someone has already volunteered to do!

Launa Eddy: Looking for a brilliant web developer (and others) to help me build a NYC Maker/ Artisan Directory – an online directory that will act as a kind of yellow pages / forum / classifieds / job board / event listing for artists, craftsmen, art collectives, workshops and studios. Connect with her to brainstorm, share, help make this happen. Links: blog, portfolio. Directory project page.

Mark Krawczuk: Wildly creative and interesting person who showed up early to lend support and was immediately drafted as emcee/stage manager. He does other things, too. See Krawczuk Industries.

Robin Grearson: People organizer/event producer. I also write, teach, consult and edit. I’ve loved connecting with people to create the event, but I’m also looking to develop relationships with new clients, students, and classes. I’d love to hear from anyone who has a small studio or coworking office near Bushwick or Bed-Stuy they might exchange for workshops or consulting. Contact me here.



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.