Do you have a passion for a topic you know so thoroughly that you wish you could share it with others, but don’t have the resources to do so? Would you love to practice teaching? Or, are you looking to expand your mind on topics from knitting to building a solar panel or making sauerkraut, but want a more hands-on experience?
Trade School Halifax to the rescue!
Not even a year old, and with already 35 workshops under their belt, TSH is a self-organised space for alternative education. People from all backgrounds, abilities and ages are invited to both share their skills and learn from others. They believe that everybody has something to offer and look forward to this amazing opportunity to create community.
How it works
1) You pitch your workshop idea to TSH. This is a great way to get into becoming a public speaker and spreading the word on your topic. Interactive workshops work well, but TSH is also open to more lecture-style events also. Just make sure you give lots of time for questions and are open for discussion!
2) TSH organizes a teaching location around HRM that works with your schedule and fits to your workshop topic. The average workshop is about 1.5 hours long. They even have access to a projector for all your presentation needs and will try their best to fulfill any requirements you need.
3) People register online quickly and easily to give you an idea of your attendance. The average amount of attendees is between 15 – 25 eager folk.
4) People show up and a workshop is born!
The fee to attend a workshop is stipulated by the teacher – but no money exchange allowed! Some common payments include telling a joke, bringing in baked goods, or empty mason jars. The idea behind this is that it keeps workshops accessible to people regardless of their financial situation, and the teacher still feels appreciated. Then again, to have 25-40 people readily go to hear about how you curate your 5,000 piece rock collection is pretty rewarding enough.
Some Past Topics
Vegan Cooking, Juggling, Making Sauerkraut, Bread or Giant Puppets, Crochet and Knitting, Seed-Saving, Discussions about civilization under construction or debt-driven capitalism, Life-Drawing and Book-Binding, a Practical Approach to Understand Decolonization.
E3C is proud to partner with Trade School Halifax, and encourages anyone in the creative field who wants to share their passion with the greater community. Knowledge is power. For a more creative Halifax, we need yours!