Mt. Airy Learning Tree Statement of Purpose

The mission of the Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT) is to strengthen and enrich the diverse community of Northwest Philadelphia by providing opportunities for individuals to come together in educational and recreational activities.

For the past four decades, Mt. Airy Learning Tree has organized classes in which neighbors can teach, learn, and share experiences with each other. To make sure that we will be able to continue to fulfill our mission in the future, we will be taking a hiatus. We’ll be on a “recess” from December 23, 2020, until summer 2021, at which time we plan to reopen, to develop and implement our programming for fall 2021. Pressing the pause button will allow us to conserve our resources so that we can work together again in the future. In the meantime, thank you for your continued support, we hope you will stay safe and stay well!

MALT was founded in 1980 and celebrates the diversity of Northwest Philadelphia, bringing together neighbors to share a wide variety of ideas, information, and skills in informal learning environments. Courses that encourage exchange among people of different ages; reflect the backgrounds, experiences, and talents of our community, and that focus on issues of concern to the community are of particular interest.

MALT now offers 200+ courses three times a year, in the fall, winter and spring. Topics range literally from A (Art for Children) to Z (Zumba). Our classrooms are in local churches, schools, businesses, and homes or outdoors in the Wissahickon and at local points of interest. Course ideas are limited only by our collective imagination. Our teachers are people like you – people who want to share their passions with other adults and who believe in community-oriented exchange.

MALT operates as a community-based non-profit corporation, with a small part-time staff and volunteer board. We are committed to the value of life-long learning, contributing to the welfare of our community, and providing a good deal of fun along the way. We welcome your ideas, your involvement as students and teachers, and your financial support.

Join our mailing list for periodic updates of upcoming classes and community events!