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Indy Trade School's First Anniversary 

click to enlarge Trade School co-organizers Brittany West (left) and Blaire Huntley. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Trade School co-organizers Brittany West (left) and Blaire Huntley.
  • Submitted photo


In its first year of operation (and just six months of programming), the Indy Trade School has hosted 78 single-session and series-length barter-supported classes. Topics have ranged from the culinary arts to constitutional law, to cuddling.

More than 600 people have participated in these classes — and no money has changed hands.

Indy Trade School's anniversary party will feature a veritable buffet of interaction and activity. One-dollar raffle tickets can be used for food, drink, goods and the teacher meet and greet. Musician Glenda White will play and the White Ox Studios photo booth will document the affair. A "Hoosier Hob" element will enable people to bring barter items to display and trade. Incidentally, the anniversary falls on co-founder Brittany West's birthday, offering an additional reason to celebrate.

The evening will also serve as the platform to announce the fall class schedule and conclude the school's 41-day Kickstarter campaign, which aims to raise $10,000 for a "pop-up" mobile classroom that can relocate to different neighborhoods throughout the city to widen the reach of available experience beyond the Downtown-centered events the school has hosted so far.

West emphasizes that any amount of support — from $1 to $1,000 and beyond will help the Trade School expand its operations. With about a week left in the campaign, the Trade School is nearing 20 percent of its goal. To chip in, visit tinyurl.com/IndyTradeSchoolPopUp.

Classes can beproposed until the end of August. So far, about 40 are planned for October and November. The class schedule will be posted to http://tradeschool.coop/Indianapolis following the party.

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