From the Board of Directors of PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning

March 16, 2020


As you know, the world is in the midst of a pandemic.  So for the safety of our members, volunteers, instructors, and class participants, PILLAR will be closing for the rest of the spring term.   All upcoming spring classes left in the catalog will be rescheduled in the summer trimester.  If you are registered for an upcoming class, we will credit your PILLAR account so you can use it in the summer or fall trimester.     You will not be automatically registered for the same class.   You will have to re-register on the new date and time.    


Upcoming instructors:  We will be contacting you soon to reschedule your class.

Volunteers:  We are asking you not to come into PILLAR for your normal shifts.

Census Volunteers:  We are postponing the Census Outreach until PILLAR reopens.

Committee Members:  All meetings will be held electronically.  More info to come.

Members:  We will be experimenting with online classes for our members.  So watch your email.


We will continue to update our website with news.  We don't have a definite date to reopen, but we will keep you informed.  


Our website has one forum on coronavirus: COVID-19 that you are welcome to share with friends and we are starting another forum on why you love PILLAR classes: LOVE.  Please join in either forum.  All you have to do is sign up with your email and make a password to comment.  We can build community and stay connected through electronic means during this closure.

Shutting down any small business much less a small nonprofit which runs as lean as PILLAR does hurts financially, however, temporary.   With no revenue coming in, our bills still have to be paid.  So if you feel inclined to donate to PILLAR during this closure, that would be very much appreciated.  DONATE

Thank you to our PILLAR family.   Stay safe and healthy, until we see you again.


PILLAR Board of Directors

PILLAR Executive Director  

PILLAR is a local nonprofit that has served the Pikes Peak region for over 21 years!


PILLAR currently creates over 300 classes, tours, and discussion groups a year for adults mostly in the liberal arts and sciences.  Class topics include History, Science, Math, Politics, Religion, Music and Art Appreciation, Literature, Psychology, Philosophy, Economics, and more.  In addition, PILLAR provides volunteer and social opportunities to enrich the lives of adults.

PILLAR's Story

PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning is the only independent lifelong learning institute in the Pikes Peak region.  It is a volunteer-driven membership organization that is open to all adults.   PILLAR produces over 300 liberal arts and science lifelong learning opportunities each year for those young at heart.   In addition, there are community lectures by community leaders, Living History portrayals, Reader's Theater performances, day tours and extended trips. 


PILLAR was originally known as the Peak Institute of Living, Learning and Rejuvenation.  It was founded in March of 1998 and was originally an institute for learning in retirement supported by Pikes Peak Community College and inspired by Elderhostel (now Road Scholar).  In 1999, PILLAR opted to become an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit.   That first year 9 classes were developed.


Now in its 21th year, PILLAR has spread learning throughout the Pikes Peak region.   PILLAR is partnered with many local organizations who appreciate lifelong learning.

Mission and Vision


Mission:   To provide lifelong learning, volunteer, and social opportunities to adults in the Pikes Peak Region.

Vision:  To remain the foremost provider of lifelong learning through non-credit classes, lectures, field trips, and special interest groups that support our mission.


1710 Briargate Blvd., Suite 847

Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Easy mall entrance: north side of Chapel Hills Mall off of Jamboree near Dillard's north side



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