A Rhizomatic Educational Project
Hamtramck Free School is a rhizomatic educational project formed in 2013, consisting of curriculum generated by the community members who participate. In the Hamtramck Free School, “free” means both that the school is free of charge and that it is directed towards emancipation.
Building off of Paulo Freire’s model of liberationist learning, HFS embraces a non-hierarchical organizational model, direct peer-to-peer learning, an educational content that grows organically from the needs of the community, and the notion that learning is not limited to information exchange but must include hands-on experience and something akin to the aesthetic experience of being alive in a learning environment.
At the Hamtramck Free School, community members identify learning goals, collectively plan courses, and teach and learn from each other.
We develop weekly programming at the Ryan Correctional Facility with the Youth Deterrent Program, where we provide educational support and develop community outreach strategies.
In 2015 the Hamtramck Free School facilitated “The Writer’s Block in the Rivera Court”, a poetry reading at the DIA by family and friends of incarcerated poets and artists currently housed at the Macomb Regional Correctional Facility.
Hamtramck Free School is co-producing “The Writer’s Block in the Rivera Court” film, which will debut at the Detroit Film Theater in December 2015.