Skillstravaganza: An afternoon of SkillShare Workshopping

…SkillShare Collective Presents…
An afternoon of SkillShare Workshopping 
Led by the Community, for the Community

Join us for an afternoon of learning, teaching, and sharing! All SkillShares will meet at the UOC, 190 High Street, and go from there. Check out this schedule for all of our workshops.

Date: Sunday, April 29
Time: 1 pm – 5 pm
Place: University Organizing Center

  • 1 – 2: Funky Hair Wraps
  • 1 – 2: How-To Skillshare
  • 1 – 2: Acro Yoga
  • 12:30: Archiving for Student Groups and Activists
  • 2 – 3: Changing a tire on your car
  • 2 – 3: Raised Vegetable Bed Construction and Hugelkultur
  • 2 – 3: Fermentation Nation: Pickling Galore
  • 3 – 3:30: Fire Spinning Poi
  • 3 – 4: Consent Workshop
  • 3 – 4: Swahili for Beginners
  • 3 – 5: Break Dancing
  • 3:30 – 4: Zine Making
  • 4 – 5: Bell Ringing Bonanza
  • 4 – 5: Living and Thriving with the Contradictions of Capitalism
  • 4 -5: Grant Writing
  • 4 – 5: In-Design Program Skills
  • 4 – 5: Comedy Improv Workshop
  • TBD: Basic to Not-So-Basic Knitting


FuNkY Hair Wraps

Led by Hailey Still

So you’ve seen them in people’s hair, and wondered how you could have one too?? Done. Now you can learn to do it yourself!  It’s not just for 8-year olds, college students too! People of all genders and hair styles welcome, as long as your hair is 3-inches or longer!

What to bring: $10-15, price depends on hair length.  All materials provided.

Time: 1PM – 2PM


How-To SkillShare!!

Led by the SkillShare Collective

If you think these events are cool/awesome/wicked…then learn how to do it yourself!! Learn how to effectively organize, promote and pull off events and workshops on campus!

What to Bring: Yourself!

Time: 1PM – 2PM


Acro Yoga Workshop

Led by Rachel Fifer and Daniel Plafker

So you might have seen them around campus, groups of kooky students balancing on each other? Well that’s acro yoga and it’s great. Its a combination of acrobatics and yoga. Come join us!

What to bring: Yourself and wear loose clothing

Time: 1PM – 2PM


Archiving for Student Groups and Activists

Led by the University Organizing Center and Friends

Want a way to beat the four-year turnover?? Come learn how to ensure that future Wesleyan generations can inherit the history of your work!

What to bring: Your brain, materials to be archived if you wish

Time: 1PM – 2:30PM


Changing a Tire on Your Car

Led by Stephan Stansfield’s Dad

Come on, you know you should know how to change a tire.  But it’s just such a pain!  Don’t worry, this workshop will make you prepared to change that pesky tire in whatever conditions.  Added bonus: the opportunity to learn some basic car mechanics awaits!

What to bring: Your car, if you wish.

Time: 2PM – 3PM


Raised Vegetable Bed Construction and Hugelkultur

Led by the Adin Vaewsorn

Want to learn how to bed raised vegetable beds? What about the basics of hugelkultur – a no-till, no-irrigation method of gardening? Come to this instructional workshop and you’ll be growing tasty fruits and veggies in no time!

What to bring: Your hands

Time: 2-3 PM

Fermentation Nation: Pickling Galore

Led by the Zymurgy Collective

Want to learn how to make awesome fermented snacks like pickles? Then join the Zymurgy Collective as they lead a workshop on how to successfully ferment things!

What to bring: Jars of any size, clean cloth rag, rubber bands, cabbage (if you have any!)

Time: 2PM – 3PM


Breakdancing Workshop

Led by Marco Martinez

Learn about the history of breakdancing, from its origins to today, and learn the basic moves to show up the competition.

What to bring: Dancin’ shoes

Time: 2PM – 4PM


Fire Poi Spinning
Nikki Dodd and Hailey Sowden
Ever wanted to spin fire? Come learn the basics of how to spin fire poi! (Disclaimer: we will not be spinning with actual fire.) While we’re at it, we will teach you how to make your own poi using tennis balls and socks!
What to bring: two tennis balls if you can, or two objects of a similar weight

Consent Workshop

Led by Students for Communication and Consent and Take Back the Night

In this consent workshop, we will discuss bystander intervention, victim blaming, personal lines of consent, enthusiastic consent, and the role of alcohol.

What to bring: Yourself!

Time: 3PM-4PM


Swahili for Beginners

Led by Swahili Club

Jambo! Mambo? Poa! Freshi! Come share a cup of tea with us, and learn some basic Swahili!  You never know when it might come in handy.

What to bring: Your voice!

Time: 3PM – 4PM


Freestyle Rap Workshop with R.A.W.

Led by Freestyle Collective

Learn how to be a G and bust a rhyme with this fly group of freestylers. All skill levels welcome!

What to bring: Yourself!

Time: 3PM – 4PM


‘Zine Makin!

Led by Zak Kirkwood

Come learn about how to make a ‘zine (a compact, short, handmade magazine). ‘Zines are great because you can put whatever you want in them and also (with a few tips n tricks) you can easily produce hundreds starting with just one piece of printer paper!
What to bring: old magazines, books, newspapers, other weird printed material you dont mind cutting up
Time: 3:30-4PM


  Bell Ringing Bonanza

Led by Alan Rodi of Bell and Scroll

Always wondered about the bells you hear ringing during lunch? Well now you can find out what thats all about! Come down for a brief intro about the South College bells! The workshop will include basic playing technique and the chance to play a short live concert for Wesleyan and the greater Middletown community

What to bring: Yourself



Living and Thriving with the Contradictions of Capitalism

Led by Paul Blasenheim and Hailey Still

Each and every one of us is a hypocrite, especially those who fight capitalist exploitation, oppression and ecological death.  Let’s talk about how to identify our contradictions, reduce their harm, but remember to love life as essential to building a sustainable justice movement.

What to bring: Yourself!

Time: 4PM-5PM


Grant Writing

Led by JoAnna Bourain

Grants are so scary, right? What even is a grant!? Grants are an opportunity for groups (like universities and non-profits) as well as individuals to get $money$ from the government and private organizations. I will tell you all of the secret things I know about writing grants that I have learned from my job at Wesleyan. I will have sample applications which we will fill in in order to learn the process!

What to bring: Bring an application for a grant you want to apply for, a pencil, a laptop, or just yourself.

Time: 4PM-5PM


In-Design Program Skillz

Led by The Hermes Magazine

Always wanted to use those swanky programs to lay out pamphlets and magazines but didnt know how? Now you can! Bring your beautiful self to this awesome workshop.

What to bring: Yourself!

Time: TBD


Comedy Improv Workshop

Led by New Teen Force Improv Comedy Team

Come play around and learn the basics of improv comedy with Wesleyan’s only quintuplet improv team, New Teen Force! Fun and games await!

What to bring: Clothes (optional), $50,000 in non-sequential unmarked bills

Time: TBD


Basic to Not-So-Basic Knitting

Led by Betsy Sallee

Knitting is not just for your Grandma any more, now its for everyone! Come down and learn some knitting skills with a great group of teachers, passionate about wool.

What to bring: Knitting needles and some yarn

Time: TBD

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