Members of THE PUBLIC SCHOOL NEW YORK committee (D.A.N): Kamomi Solidum, Stephen Squibb, Sarah Resnick, and Anne Callahan at Bark in Brooklyn, NY. There are 14 active members of the committee at the time this blog is being posted.
I sat down with four committee members from THE PUBLIC SCHOOL NEW YORK to have a conversation about their organization and its structure. THE PUBLIC SCHOOL was founded in Los Angeles by Telic Arts Exchange. Today, it has chapters throughout the United States and around the world. Here is a description pulled from their website:
THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is a school with no curriculum. At the moment, it operates as follows: first, classes are proposed by the public (I want to learn this or I want to teach this); then, people have the opportunity to sign up for the classes (I also want to learn that); finally, when enough people have expressed interest, the school finds a teacher and offers the class to those who signed up.
THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is not accredited, it does not give out degrees, and it has no affiliation with the public school system. It is a framework that supports autodidactic activities, operating under the assumption that everything is in everything.
DH: Did any of you get any of the “free” chocolate I brought to French Theory (An Introduction to Possible Futures)? From when I was uptown and stumbled upon a chocolate shop whose air-conditioner had just broken, and I walked out with about a thousand dollars worth of fancy chocolate…. Continue reading