The Steel City Folk School’s Inaugural Day of Learning in June 2015 was a testament to the value of informal learning in a community setting. The project featured 10 half day and full day craft and social justice courses at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, covering topics such as Drawing the Urban Landscape, Practical Tile Installation, and Easy Food Preservation at Home. Thanks to the Pittsburgh-based artisans and educators that volunteered to lead the courses, participants were able step away from their daily lives in order to immerse themselves in a learning community.
“The Steel City Folk School is really about bringing people together to create communities of learning. Learning together is a potent way to experience new people and ideas. Each time we hold an event new communities are born, some may only last for the afternoon, but some may persist for the rest of people’s lives.” –Randall Bartlett
As a result of the interest to continue the pop-up learning opportunities offered by the Steel City Folk School, additional courses were scheduled for Fall 2015. Plans to expand to more long term courses and even weekend retreats are also potentially on the horizon for the Steel City Folk School as they continue to extend the reach of their learning community. To register for upcoming courses, visit www.steelcityfolkschool.org.
The Inaugural Day of Learning was supported through a $1,000 Seed Award from The Sprout Fund, helping to bring people with a wide variety of interests together to share their passions, learn new skills, and catalyze an informal community of learning in Pittsburgh.
Steel City Folk School Pop-up, a project of Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, is an initiative to bring a folk school ethos to Pittsburgh using a pop-up adult folk school model, focusing on two traditions: craft and social justice. The project will be a demonstration day event on the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh’s campus featuring example classes, activities for children so parents can attend, a communal meal, evaluation, and a concluding celebration.