freeskewl

is creating movement classes on Zoom

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About freeskewl

On March 17, 2020, freeskewl began hosting online movement classes. The platform is an experimental/improvisational effort in adaptation and in reimagining togetherness and presence in embodied practices. Since its conception, freeskewl has hosted over 350 classes taught by over 60 teachers. Working in response to an urgent, seemingly-short-term crisis, the founders (Sofia Engelman, Anna Maynard, and Em Papineau) did not think about sustainability at all when devising freeskewl's structure of operations.

freeskewl prioritizes artists. Income from classes is paid at a sliding scale rate directly to teaching artists with no participants turned away for lack of funds. A few artists generously donated their time, directing payment either toward freeskewl itself or other funds and organizations. The artists could choose where the money went and that felt exciting!

The founding directors have each put 10-40 hours of weekly unpaid work toward freeskewl consistently since mid-March 2020. A volunteer staff of wonderful young dance artists have also worked on a weekly basis to monitor classes, manage freeskewl's reparations program, keep up with bookkeeping, organize and assist with promotion of programming, devise freeskewl's performance series On the House, get the Pedagogy/Poetic Entry artist talk series off the ground, and MORE!

freeskewl began at the end of winter. The platform had an inspiring spring and a summer full of growth. Now fall approaches and the pandemic continues. It is time to think about sustainability.

Donations to this Patreon will be divided among all freeskewl administrators based on hours worked. Help us continue to do our best to support our artist community.
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$203.17 of $1,500 per month
Pay staff $15 per hour for 100 hours of monthly work.
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