I'm teaching a jam class at Etsy this Thursday. It's FREE. I usually charge people to take my classes because I'm a small company and I supply fruit, jam for the participants and lots of love and jam advice. But Etsy is great, and their craft nights and workshops are a great gift to the community, so I'm doing it for free. I think the class is already full (sorry, it happened fast), but you can get on a waiting list.
Etsy is doing some really rad stuff at the Etsy Labs, located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Within the offices, the Labs functions as a community workspace where they hold Craft Nights and events. The Etsy Labs folks run the community workspace, host events and visiting members of the press, design and make handmade Etsy merchandise and press kits and promos, manage the Etsy Labs shop, host online workshops and tutorials each week and represent Etsy at craft shows.
Did you know they hold free craft nights?! Really awesome. Every Monday from 4 - 8 p.m. they hold a free weekly, walk-in Craft Night where the community space in the offices is open to the public. Each week the Etsy Labs organize a skill-sharing project. They provide supplies, tools, and know-how. Participants are also welcome to bring their own projects to work on. This is the perfect time to see the space, use the equipment and supplies free of charge, and learn a new skill. Just stop on by!