The Baltimore Free School

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.

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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

    • Sat, Mar 26 @ 5:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Yanja Series



    yanja series will be a once a month gathering that strives to create a safe/courageous space for people of colour based in baltimore and surrounding communities to connect, unwind + express themselves. yanja, a shortened version of the Chichewa word ‘yanjanani’ means  come together + gather. it is our goal to cultivate + promote a space of love, of learning and of pride within our individual identities through movement, through storytelling, through fellowship and most importantly through open + honest dialogues. 


    the creators 


    bilphena yahwon is a baltimore based writer + social justice advocate born in liberia, west africa and raised in danané, côte d'Ivoire. yahwon is the owner + curator of and the author of ‘teaching gold-mah how to heal herself.’ she writes of the immigrant experience, of blackness, of healing, of african women made from flowers breathing fragility. when she is not writing or in the classroom, bilphena enjoys wandering through spaces of foods, people(s), colors + lessons. 


    upile is a malawian poet based in baltimore. born in 1994 and raised in zomba, her debut collections of prose and poetry ‘soft magic was published in 2015. upile writes intimate poems that celebrate womanhood, manhood, blackness, love, color and the intersectionalities many encounter. she is passionate about human rights advocacy, the arts and travel. she hopes to remain curious, soft-hearted and ready for new adventures.

    • Tue, Feb 16 @ 2:00 PM

    Baltimore DSA meeting

    • Tue, Feb 23 @ 7:00 PM
    • Wed, Mar 02 @ 7:00 PM
    • Wed, Mar 09 @ 7:00 PM
    • and 2 more sessions
    (North Ave classroom)

    Revolutionary Feminism Reading Group

    Following from the Communist Research Cluster's initiative this year to coordinate reading groups across the country (and other countries), the topic would be "Revolutionary Feminism". Although the reading group would have no formal affiliation with the Communist Research Cluster, it would use a Reader on Revolutionary Feminism that they have curated and provided for groups to use. The Rev. Fem. Reader exists in .pdf and .epub form, so could be circulated for free to anyone with access to the internet and brought to meetings via a personal device, e-reader or a print-out. T

    You can find more information about the Readers and the network of reading groups here:

    • Wed, Feb 24 @ 7:00 PM

    Cooperative Study Group: Beginners Helping Beginners

    • Sat, Feb 13 @ 5:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Jacobin Reading Group

    We meet monthly to discuss socialist politics, typically structuring our discussion around readings from Jacobin magazine. Our conversations are lively and non-doctrinaire; no prior experience is necessary.