Creek Colleges are experimental schools that bridge art and environmental education. We offer a range of free art courses to local community in exchange for aid in the restoration of watersheds suffering from environmental degradation. Our goal is to create an experiential learning environment that combines art and stewardship with a focus on accessibility and inclusivity.
Creek College originated in the form of a question; how can we, as artists, make the broadest impact in aiding restoration efforts? We began to ask; can a poem benefit a creek? In what ways can sound, dance, sculpture, design, and other art practices bring attention to creek restoration? We partner with local watershed councils and ecologists to develop our barter system. Our classes are designed by local artists- many working at the intersection of art and conservation- for various ages, interests, and skill levels In this way, the project creates a broad cultural context for diverse groups to connect, share, and examine the needs of the environment.