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The Creative Living Academy: Bringing unique synergy to life each and every day.

The most expansive lifelong learning program in greater Pasadena.

At MonteCedro, Creative Living isn’t just about being creative with paint, clay, wood or words. It’s about continuing to grow and continuing to live the life you want to live—always doing things that are different and at a higher level than other communities in the Pasadena area.

  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsAttend. Teach. Lead. Advise. Explore. STRETCH.

    Studies show that self-determination improves wellness and does immeasurable good for the mind, body and spirit. When you become part of the MonteCedro community of vibrant neighbors and new friends, we won’t plan your calendar for you. Instead, we’ll ask you “What do you want to do?” And if your idea has never been done before, we’re ready to help you make it happen!

  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsWhat is The Creative Living Academy?

    • A lifelong learning model driven by residents, supported by staff, and enhanced by partnerships with a growing list of other leading not-for-profit community organizations:
      • Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Pasadena Symphony & Pops, Pasadena Playhouse, Altadena Historical Society, Altadena Public Library, Eliot Arts Magnet Middle School, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, Armory Center for the Arts, and more!
    • A volunteer group of MonteCedro resident Advisors who assist the development and oversight of the Academy.
    • A diverse catalog of trimester offerings:
      • An ever-changing variety of lectures, classes, workshops, trips, tours, interest discussion groups, and other special events
    • Capitalizes on the “extensive human capital” of talents and life experiences of the residents who live in our community
      • MonteCedro residents are encouraged to be our teachers and facilitators
  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsThe Creative Living Academy Vision:

    The MonteCedro Creative Living Academy will deliver diverse and stimulating opportunities for lifelong learning, growth, and fulfillment in an accessible atmosphere that is welcoming, inclusive, and respectful to all. To provide educational, cultural, and recreational offerings, we will harness the wealth of knowledge, talent, and experience of our residents, and collaborate with our partners and resources in the greater community.

  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsThe Creative Living Academy History:

    Inspired at a national conference in 2014, Episcopal Communities & Services returned with a new vision to further enrich the Creative Living lifestyle for ECS Communities. The intent was to launch a lifelong learning model driven by residents, supported by staff, and enhanced by the greater community. In early 2015, the Creative Living Academy was named, and a volunteer group of advisors was formed to advise on the development and oversight of the Creative Living Academy's learning model.

    In order to better determine the level of interest in participation and subject matter, future residents were surveyed in areas of interest including arts and culture, health and wellness, history, current events, science, and other creative pursuits. During the summer of 2015, the advisors used this information to help coordinate an academy catalog filled with lectures, classes, presentations, workshops, trips, tours, interest discussion groups, wellness offerings, and other special events. Speakers, presenters, and instructors were identified and scheduled and the first Creative Living Academy catalog was published for the fall of 2015. 

    On behalf of the Creative Living Academy Advisors, we thank you for your support and guidance in creating this new and inspired educational model for our community.


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