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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More info

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

Upcoming Courses

    • Sun, Mar 25 @ 12:00 PM
    • Sun, Apr 22 @ 11:00 AM
    • Sun, May 20 @ 11:00 AM

    Multicultural Literature

    This class will focus on the reading, discussion and critique of books about the many cultures that make up the United States and the world. Classes are held once a month to give people time to read the books and prepare for the discussion. The upcoming books are: March, Womens’ History Month: The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston Amazon Review: The Woman Warrior is a pungent, bitter, but beautifully written memoir of growing up Chinese American in Stockton, California. Maxine Hong Kingston (China Men) distills the dire lessons of her mother's mesmerizing "talk-story" tales of a China where girls are worthless, tradition is exalted and only a strong, wily woman can scratch her way upward. The author's America is a landscape of confounding white "ghosts"-- the policeman ghost, the social worker ghost-- with equally rigid, but very different rules. Like the woman warrior of the title, Kingston carries the crimes against her family carved into her back by her parents in testimony to and defiance of the pain.
    • Sun, Apr 01 @ 2:00 PM
    • Sun, Apr 08 @ 2:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Identity: Who, Where, and When am I?

    We live in an age full of people trying to figure out who they are and where their place in the world should be. Everyone is an individual, and knowing who we are is not only important, but surprisingly difficult. This course will be about trying to learn what defines us. Using differently brainstorming activities and exercises in metacognition, members of the course will learn how to be able to answer the seemingly simple question: who am I?

    • Thu, Mar 22 @ 6:00 PM

    Time’s Up: Saying No to Sexual Violence and Capitalism

      Sexual violence in workplaces, other public settings, and homes is not a new phenomenon, but the recent struggle against it in the United States has become a significant movement.  What is the relationship between sexual violence and capitalism?  What does that relationship tell us about how to fight against sexual violence in the short and long run?  Join us to hear a brief presentation and participate in discussion.  Organized by Speak Out Now, Revolutionary Workers Group.

    • Sun, Mar 25 @ 10:00 AM
    • Sun, Apr 08 @ 10:00 AM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Reform or Revolution Reading Group

    This reading group is open to everyone. We will be reading Rosa Luxemburg's essential "Reform or Revolution". Over the course of 4 sessions we will interpret and analyze the text, debate Luxemburg's arguments, and attempt to apply the lessons of the text to our current historical moment.

    • Thu, Apr 05 @ 6:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Feminist Beit/Midrash

    The Beit/Midrash is a monthly study group that reads between the lines of the Torah and Midrash to reach our own radically personal interpretations of sacred texts. We study in Hebrew and English and provide assistance to anyone who doesn't know or is learning Hebrew. Texts are provided, and topics are selected by the group! All are welcome, but the group is best suited for people over 13.

    • Sun, Apr 01 @ 3:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Jacobin Reading Group

    We hold open discussions on socialism and related topics prompted by articles available for free online at  Whatever your background, your perspective can help us all imagine a world without capitalism or oppressive cultural norms.

    • Wed, Apr 04 @ 6:00 PM
    • Wed, May 02 @ 6:00 PM
    • Wed, Jun 06 @ 6:00 PM

    Intro to Energy Healing

    Recieve an Usui Reiki Level 1 Attunement and learn how to use Reiki to heal yourself and others.