The Baltimore Free School

We need your help to make the Free School sustainable! Click here to help fund the work of organizing and bringing new educational technology to our classroom!

The Baltimore Free School is a grassroots, collectively run and community-funded project, with a classroom inside Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse at 30 W. North Ave. Building upon a long tradition of horizontal organizing, collaborative learning and participatory education, we believe that the empowerment of people of all ages and backgrounds to share and learn is vital to the health of any community. To that end, we work toward creating a space where the exchange of ideas can occur without the exchange of money; a space where we can learn to relate to each other in new and meaningful ways. By building this infrastructure, we hope to form a microcosm of the world in which we want to live.

After a hiatus in 2013, the BFS is re-opening in a brand new classroom inside Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse. We are now accepting proposals for classes starting in January of 2014; just click here to get started submitting a proposal. If you want to get involved with organizing the Free School, or have any questions about the project or the course process, please contact us at freeschool@redemmas.org.

If you’d like to contribute to the long-term sustainability of the project, including new technology for the classroom and funding for dedicated community outreach, please donate here.

Take a course

Every course offered through the Baltimore Free School is 100% free of charge to learners. Sign up online today!

Teach a course

Anyone can teach a course or organize a discussion or workshop at the Free School; propose one right now!

Support the BFS

Get involved as a volunteer organizer or make a tax-deductible donation to help us keep the doors open.

More info

Information on renting the space for private meetings, our consensus-based collective structure, our history and more.

Upcoming Courses

    • Tue, Nov 18 @ 5:30 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Tubman City Anarchist Black Cross

    Monthly letter writing meetup in support of political prisoners.

    • Fri, Nov 07 @ 6:00 PM
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    Dharma Punx Baltimore

    Dharma Punx Baltimore is a new chapter within Dharma Punx Nation. We are an alternative meditation community, inspired by the Insight/Vipassana tradition. We work to cultivate mindfulness as a tool for transformation. 

    • Sat, Nov 01 @ 12:30 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Learn Crochet - All Levels

    Learn the basics to crocheting, pattern reading, and project completion - work at your own level!

    BYOY - Bring your own yarn (and hook!)

    • Mon, Jan 12, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
    • Tue, Jan 20, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
    • Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
    • and 2 more sessions
    (TBA)

    Digging Beyond the Surface to Create Mutually Beneficial Relationships

    This course will introduce students to the proper techniques necessary in order to build mutually beneficial relationships, both personally and professionally. 

    • Sat, Nov 01 @ 4:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Jacobin reading group

    We'll meet monthly to discuss radical politics, using articles from Jacobin, a socialist quarterly, to structure our conversation. The purpose is to engage with leftist ideas in a lively, open, non-doctrinaire environment. No prior knowledge is necessary, and meetings will be on Friday nights at 7 p.m

    Readings and updates here:

    http://baltimorejacobin.tumblr.com/

     

    • Sun, Nov 02 @ 3:00 PM
    • Sun, Nov 09 @ 3:00 PM
    • Sun, Nov 16 @ 3:00 PM
    • and 2 more sessions
    (North Ave classroom)

    Social Justice Poetry Workshops (for youth 13-21)

    Dew More Baltimore will hold free weekly poetry workshops for youth 13-21 every Sunday from 3:30 to 6:00 PM.

    Workshops will be led by professional poets and published authors. Guest advocates and activists will be invited to provide social justice workshops. 

    Through thought provoking workshops participants will learn how to use their art to address the social ills impacting them and/or the larger community. 

     

    • Sat, Nov 08 @ 3:30 PM
    • Sat, Nov 15 @ 3:30 PM
    • Sat, Nov 22 @ 3:30 PM
    • and 1 more session
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    Public Safety Collective

    A Baltimore ‘Families Against Police Brutality’ Bloc initiative; a collective of friends, families and victims of police brutality, from both the living and dead, grieving proactively to uplift the community.

    The Public Safety Collective is an autonomous citizens review board of the Baltimore City Police Department.

    • Researching and archiving the history, laws, policies, and practices of the Baltimore City Police Department
    • Organizing an independent media platform where that information will be accessible to the public for free, in addition to reflections of current events and communiques from the 'Families Against Police Brutality' bloc. 
    • Mobilizing 'Cop Watch' program; community outreach, distributing literature, observing police activity, providing direct aid, facilitating resource accessibility, recruiting, networking.
    • Sun, Dec 07 @ 10:00 AM
    (Franklin Classroom)

    Wikipedia workshop

    We will share techniques for editing Wikipedia. Everyone is welcome.