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1754 gifts
Totaling $162,704.44
Crawford Gives
Raised for Local Nonprofits
1754 gifts
Totaling $162,704.44
Raised for Local Nonprofits
1754 gifts
Totaling $162,704.44

Creating Landscapes


Creating Landscapes mission is to create, facilitate and nurture intergenerational, interdisciplinary, and holistic learning experiences/programs/communities that cultivate in learners greater capacity for critical thinking, imaginative expression, aesthetic awareness and collaborative enterprise. 


Creating Landscapes is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation which brings together a group of inter-related educational programs designed to enlarge an individual's ability to make informed choices, experience good health, and integrate thinking with feeling.  Our distinctive approach to learning and teaching has evolved to include four inter-related educational venues; Creating Landscapes for Families, Food 4 Thought, the Creating Landscapes for Families Early Learning Center and The Learning Center: K-8 School.  


Creating Landscapes operates four venues: 


  • Creating Landscapes for Families - Since its beginning in 2008, the mission of Creating Landscapes for Families has always been to bring families together to experience the joy of working together while working toward a shared vision.  The venue includes the Families After-School and Family Dinner program where, twice a week children are supported in their school work and families come together to prepare and enjoy hot, healthy dinners.  There are currently two Community Gardens, which have provided beautiful gathering places for neighbors to share vegetables, ideas, and life stories. (http://creatinglandscapes.org/families)
  • The Learning Center - The Learning Center: K-8 Independent School is an independent elementary school whose mission is to create an intergenerational learning community which fosters natural curiosity, the individuality of the child, high academic achievement, lifelong learning and engages student in an exploration of the creative process to help individuals find their expressive voice.
    The Creating Landscapes Learning Center is committed to the creative process, an exploration of the creative process within the arts and sciences allows students to engage aesthetically, make meaning of their world, and find their expressive voices, exploration through interdisciplinary thematic units that are developed to give students the opportunity to investigate problems and discover solutions in many different ways. We work to foster curiosity by allowing the child’s natural curiosity to direct his or her learning through multiage classroom, with planned developmentally appropriate learning goals.  Our multiage classroom, with planned developmentally appropriate learning goals, allows room for sparks of enthusiasm and insight that come from each unique group of students.  We honor the individuality of the child because each and every child has the potential to bring something nique and special to the world. Our environment allows for a community of learners achieving across all academic levels, using different learning styles. We value each child's individual way of learning and unique strengths and use these to inform our teaching and our curriculum. Collaboration, communication and community are key components in meeting the needs of the whole child.  Students, parents, teachers, and community members are all respected contributors to our learning environment within and outside of the school. We work cooperatively to create a hands-on learning atmosphere that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites the sharing of ideas.  All voices are valued and welcomed in our intergenerational school community.
  • Food4Thought - Food 4 Thought is a forum to nurture grassroots engagement and ACTION toward a well-fed, well-educated and resilient community.  Our collaborations permit us to connect with one another, learn from each other, and reach a broader audience within the community. Food 4 Thought’s objectives are to reduce stressors, build strengths and encourage connections.
    To date our actions have been focused on three entities.  Film 4 Thought provides community and family engagement around films that grow thoughtful conversations in an accessible and pro-social atmosphere.  Walk-able Meadville is working to create safe and accessible pathways through the community.  Grow Meadville is a network of Community Gardens that promote growing food and bringing together community members of all ages. (http://creatinglandscapes.org/families/film4thought.html)
  • Creating Landscapes for Families Early Learning Center - The Creating Landscapes for Families Early Learning Center is a high quality preschool with wrap-around care, which recognizes the importance of building a strong foundation from which the child can grow up feeling supported and secure.  Having achieved the highest rating of 4 Stars from Keystone STAR, and partially funded through a Pennsylvania Department of Education Pre-K Counts grant, the Early Learning Center cultivates acceptance, kindness, love, connection, exploration, joy and respect as we care for and guide the whole child to create a strong foundation.  The young child’s natural love for learning, desire for independence, need for expression, drive to explore and deep longing for connection to others, environment and themselves are all qualities nurtured by the staff.  The curriculum is based on exploration of the arts, nature, social-emotional intelligence, anti-bias multiculturalism, honoring diversity and supporting family. ( http://creatinglandscapes.org/families/earlylearning.html)

Additionally, we provide the following affiliated programs through a partnership with Allegheny College:

  • Summer Landscapes - The Creating Landscapes Summer Program is a community of intergenerational learners in the arts and mathematics. Our program of serious play is theme-based and focused toward forming questions, making connections, and finding expression. (http://creatinglandscapes.org/summer)
  • Aesthetic Education for Educators - Aesthetic awareness quickens thought, and lights up the imagination. (http://creatinglandscapes.org/educators)
  • Middle & High School Enrichment Collaborations - Gifted/Talented Enrichment - An opportunity for middle and high school student to engage large ideas, critical thinking & imaginative expression. (http://creatinglandscapes.org/gifted)
  • Adult Learning Force - Intergenerational courses offered to the community through Allegheny College. 

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