All of our course topics are dreamed up and suggested by you, and our teachers are a group of awesome people from around Brooklyn and the whole city. Anyone can teach--you just need a passion for the topic and a desire to share it with others. We do all the planning, taking care of sign ups, marketing, and materials, so you can focus on the important stuff (teaching, duh).
Classes meet for either one, two, or three weeks, and we keep them as inexpensive as possible (something like $30 for a couple class sessions), because you shouldn't have to spend a paycheck to learn something new.
If you can make it, read it or think it, we're probably open to it. It can be crafty, foody, academic-y, whatever you'd like. And though we think kids are cool, all our classes are aimed at adults.
You can find us on Underhill Ave. in Prospect Heights (map below) and we couldn't be more excited. The closest trains are the 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza or the B/Q to 7th Avenue.
The easy answer is that every class is totally different (it's also true)! Some of our teachers are pros at what they do, some are hobbyists, and some are curious people like yourselves who teach in order to explore a topic further in depth.
No matter what the class and who is teaching, our classes are laid back, fun, and participatory. No one will ever scowl at you for showing up late, and your involvement in class--whether through discussion or something hands on--is what makes them all the more awesome.
Here's a video to give you more of a taste!
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Yep, in a perfect world, it would be.
But in New York, there are a whole lot of essential things that can only be paid for with good old-fashioned cash: rent, insurance, class materials, internet, and a whole lot of Ikea furniture, to name a few. We also pay our teachers and a couple of part-time staff members, because we value the time and effort they take to lead a class.
With all that in mind, we price classes the amount we would feel comfortable paying if we were signing up ourselves, and we’re pretty cheap, so rest assured we keep things as inexpensive as we can. Charging money is really the only way to stay in business.
And! We help put on two free lecture series each and every month. There's the Society for the Advancement of Social Studies (first Tuesday of the month) for all you history lovers, and Masters of Social Gastronomy (last Tuesday of the month) for all you food folks.
Not yet, but we do have Dabbler, the next best thing. Each month, you'll get a well-curated package on a specific topic dropped off in your inbox that'll help you discover a new hobby, gain a new skill, do a fun project, or learn something just plain useful. Read all about it and sign up at dabbles.in.
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If you're looking for a refund, you need to back out of the class a week before it starts. We know it's draconian, but since we're not charging a million bucks, it's kinda hard to deal with last-minute bailings. Instead of dropping out if you have a schedule conflict, a better idea is to ask around your friends and see if anyone would take your spot, then just get money from them!