Academy for the Love of Learning

About Us

“At the heart of every age
is a unique impulse
out of which,
through the course of events
and under favorable conditions,
emerges a new cultural body.

"It is as if each age
had its own 'DNA,'
which lives first in the
consciousness of a few
individuals who, like artists...
create out of their
irrational imaginations the
planetary mystical perceptions
that begin as heresy
and end up as heritage.”

From Milenko Matanovic
Lightworks: Explorations in Art, Culture & Creativity



The mission of the Academy for the Love of Learning is to awaken, enliven, nurture and sustain the natural love of learning in people of all ages. We seek to encourage and cultivate the powers of critical thought, imagination, curiosity, innate sense of purpose, wonder and inspiration, and an ongoing awakening of the heart.

To achieve our mission, the Academy exists as a non-profit educational organization developing and disseminating a transformative curriculum and methodology – our learning field inquiry approach to learning – through an integrated set of programs, conferences, organizational practices and research. The over-arching intent of our work is to help stimulate and support the rebirth and renewal of learning and education in America. In the words of American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, we are seeking to foster a perpetual ‘rebirth of wonder’.


Annual Report 2014