Education F.A.Q.

What is a Pioneer Works class like?
Pioneer Works classes are interdisciplinary, conceptual, and practical and emphasize subjects that have been traditionally excluded from educational institutions. Learn a new skill, or hone an old one, while engaging critically with the history and theory of that practice. Our classes are open to people of all backgrounds and skill levels.

Who teaches your classes?
Many of our teachers come from our residency and exhibition programs, as well as the Red Hook community, and include professional musicians, artists, scientists, technologists, craftspeople, writers, curators, and more.

Our teachers have included: Sam Lavigne, Dr. Lauren Silbert, Ben Degen, Kenya (Robinson), Victoria Keddie, Paul John, Derica Shields, Anya Kamenetz, MSHR, Greg Fox, and others.

If you are interested in teaching a class, you may submit a proposal by the 15th of March, July, and November to

Who takes your classes?
Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and include artists, writers, musicians, researchers, programmers, community organizers, gardeners, professionals, amateurs, and more.

Anyone with an interest, regardless of background, religion, orientation, or gender identity is invited to learn with us. Please see our ‘scholarships’ question below.

Where are the classes?
Classes take place in several locations:
Pioneer Books is our bookstore located at 289 Van Brunt Street [at Pioneer Street] and is well-suited to screenings and group discussion. It is wheelchair accessible.
The PW Classroom is located on the second floor at the far end of the balcony and is where the majority of classes take place.
The PW Print Lab is on the second floor, and is used for our Risograph and photography classes.
The PW North Hall is on the first floor and is used for movement-based classes, as well as workshops requiring outdoor use.

Pioneer Works is still in the process of installing an elevator and unfortunately many of our teaching locations are not wheelchair accessible at this time. If you have any questions regarding accessibility please email and we will work to accommodate you.

I signed up for a class. What happens next?
You will receive a reminder email 12-24 hours before the start of class from the PW education department that includes any special instructions from the teacher. If you signed up for a roundtable or long form class, expect to hear from the instructor directly regarding any reading material or assignment.

How much does it cost? Where does that money go?
The majority of the revenue from our classes goes directly to teaching and materials fees. This is broken down for each class so that you can see what proportion of the class cost is going directly to paying a teacher or purchasing materials. We price our classes as cheaply as possible while still supporting our teachers with fair compensation.

Do you offer scholarships?
It’s important to us to make our classes as accessible as possible, and we reserve 1-3 spots per class for full or partial discounts. We are often able to offer alternative payment plans. If you find yourself unable to afford or pay for a class, please email with the subject line “class payment” and include information on the class that you are interested in, and what plan you need. No questions asked.

Pioneer Works does not currently have a formal scholarship fund.

What is your refund policy?
To receive a full refund, please notify us 72 hours before the start of a class. Between 72-48 hours of notice, we can offer a partial refund. We cannot issue a refund with less than 48 hours of notice.

I have a question that you haven’t answered here! Who can I ask?
Email !