Mill City Skill Share

The Mill City Skill Share is a day of free community-led workshops in Lowell, Massachusetts. Lowell Makes has hosted the Mill City Skill Share since 2017. This event is open to the public; you do not need to be a member to teach or attend a class.

The event was originally created as a way to barter skills. Each instructor offers their time and skill and then benefits from the shared time and skills of others. It’s a fun and creative community day.

2023 Mill City Skill Share: Sunday, April 2

Mill City Skill Share 2023 is on April 2 from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm.

We are excited to announce that this year we are funded by grants from the Lowell Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

2023 Workshop and Demo Schedule

Skill Share Archives

2022 Mill City Skill Share: Saturday, May 21

This will be an in person event. There is no cost to attend or teach.

View and Download the Event Schedule below


The 2021 Mill City Skill Share was a hybrid (combination virtual and in-person event). Sessions included:


On May 2 2020, our Mill City Skill Share was a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We livestreamed for 5 hours and hosted 10 sessions. The result was our highest turnout ever, with close to 900 attendees throughout the day.

Original Facebook event

Click each session for a video recording:

11:00 – 11:30 AM | Kite Making with Glenn Davison

11:30 – 12:00 PM Relationship Marketing: Creating a Habit of Gratitude with Dot Richards

12:00 – 12:30 PM | Crocheting 101 with Paulina Migalska

12:30 – 1:00 PM | How to be a LLAMA: Participating in Mutual Aid

1:00 – 1:30 PM | Mozzarella Cheese Pulling with Beth Falk of Mill City Cheesemongers

1:30 – 2:00 PM | What is a Lapidarist? with Jim Pecora

2:00 – 2:30 PM | How to Make a Dog Bandana with Amy Wilson

2:30 – 3:00 PM | Kitchen Knife Skills with Ben Brown

3:00 – 3:30 PM | Selling or buying your first home during COVID-19 with Mindy Dopler Nelson

3:30 – 4:00 PM | DIY Book Making: Make your own notebook with Resi Ibañez


Original Facebook event

Schedule of Live Events:

10am – 11am
Molding & Casting Pewter / Classroom / Bob Gampert
Jam Jar Candles / Electronics Area / Amy Wilson
How to Make a Cheese Plate / Kitchen / Beth Falk of Mill City Cheesemongers

10am – Noon
Sewing Basics: remake a man’s shirt into a summer top / Downstairs Workspace / Susan Ellis

11am – Noon
Black Holes / Conference Room / Ben Brown
Learn to Crochet / Downstairs Lounge / Billy Heath
Make your own “IKEA” furniture / Woodshop / Jon Goplerud of Drip Edge Furniture and Caroline Read

Noon – 1pm
Astrophotography / Classroom / Frank Masciulli
Homemade Bread and Yogurt / Kitchen / Rob Watson
Respirator use for crafting/workshops / Electronics Area / Bob Naylor
Making a mess with Epoxy! / Downstairs Workspace / Brad Powers

1pm – 2pm
Backpacking Gear Shakedown / Classroom / Sam Burdett
Learn to Crochet / Conference Room / Michelle Jerry of The Emerald Stitch
Copper Trees / Electronics Area / Derek Karalekas of @NorthEastBirch
Basic Bike repairs for Women/Trans/Femme people / Downstairs Workspace / Jess Schumann

2pm – 3pm
Weighted Blankets for Sensory Regulation / Downstairs Workspace / Allison Rugg

2pm – 4pm
Learn to play Dungeons and Dragons / Classroom / Brad Powers
Cold Process Soapmaking / Kitchen / Michele Albert