Alicia Michelsen

Alicia Michelsen's Fundraiser

Please join The Learning Council in creating a community space in Downtown Paonia!! image

Please join The Learning Council in creating a community space in Downtown Paonia!!

Your donations will impact the education, art, culture and health of our valley. Your donation is tax deductible!


$39,506 towards $150,000

The Buell Foundation is matching $41,000 worth of donations to help TLC purchase the building. Double your donation!

It is a joy to serve our community and respond to needs as they arise. The work of The Learning Council brings people together in support of our local agriculture and farmers, community health and vitality, Arts for All, access to local food, advocacy for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and a feeling that together we can face whatever comes our way.

A central hub in the heart of Paonia will enliven the culture of our community while creating ongoing opportunities for high quality education and community engagement. Here we will continue to refine our offerings and collaborations and to serve our community by providing welcoming space and learning opportunities that enhance and celebrate our rural environment.

Check out the main page for our campaign here.

This welcoming space full of community activities will include:

  • Teen-led icecream shop open year-round
  • TLC Kitchen serving weekly community meals at the Trading Post or Arbol Farmers Market while teaching food classes
  • Classroom Space for courses in health, music, dance, agriculture, social and environmental justice, and more
  • Arts for All educational programs in visual arts, music, and performing arts
  • North Fork Community Parade & Marching Band practice and performance venue
  • Diversity Library to peruse a variety of books
  • Working Area for Delta County Coalition Advocating for Radically Equitable Spaces
  • Bike Co-op shop and outdoor space
  • Space for coworking with our partner organizations and colleagues
  • Educational space for the Health and Vitality Council to teach Comprehensive Sexual Health Education to parents and students