Our vision is to develop and strengthen an open and accessible non-profit arts and cultural centre that promotes, teaches and nourishes the arts and arts appreciation through exhibitions, programs, and performances.
The Elora Centre for the Arts exists to serve our community. We are a not-for-profit charity, run by a Board of volunteers from our community and a small committed staff team. It is for the love of art and creativity, and the ways we can nurture, heal and support each other through the arts, that we exist.
The Elora Centre for the Arts is located in a restored, three-story limestone school house in one of Ontario’s most picturesque villages. We are located in the heart of the village, steps from downtown and cross from the Grand River and Bissell Park.
The Elora Centre for the Arts features a main gallery space where artist exhibitions are featured ongoing throughout the year. A second gallery and artisan shop features unique and affordable handmade and artist-designed pieces. Admission to the gallery and Artisan shop are free (by donation if you wish). To find out what is showing in our galleries click here. Throughout the year, live music performances and special events are hosted in the gallery or out in our yard. To find out more about upcoming events click here.
Our new outdoor art garden pathways is open to the public and is always open for you to enjoy. It is located at the south end of our property, look for the welcome map designed by local artist Julie Denneny as the starting point for the path. Park your bike and walk to points in town beyond. Enjoy art installations by local artists or have a picnic lunch. Grab a map for several self-guided walking tours around town. To find out more about this hidden gem in downtown Elora please click here.
The Elora Centre for the Arts, founded in 2002, is a charitable organization and unique community resource that fosters creativity, a high level of artistic expression, and the belief that a vibrant arts centre is integral to the health of our community.
The historic schoolhouse building is also home to several arts-based organizations that bring vitality and creative life to our community.
Within the building, you will find a number of arts-based organizations that provide programming, events, services and nurture the arts in our community in a variety of ways. For more information about these organizations, please click on the links below:
- Riverfest Elora office
- Elora Festival and The Elora Singers office
- Upwards Art Studio
- Schoolhouse Arts Collective art studio
- Drimmie/Dicicco Art Studio
- Seagrove + Perry Art Studio
- Elora Karate Dojo
- Fergus-Elora Academy of Dance
- Centre Wellington Community Foundation office
- Montessori School of Elora
Please note that you must have an appointment or be registered for a program with the above organizations to visit at this time.
Our Vision at the Elora Centre for the Arts (ECFTA)
The building consists of 10 large classrooms converted to provide over 10,000 square feet of dedicated gallery space, artisan shop, workshop, artist studios, arts-based programming and organizations that support the arts . It is the vision of the ECFTA to provide a facility that enhances cultural life in the region.
The Elora Centre for the Arts is firmly grounded in the belief that contemporary art in all its various forms has the capacity to nurture the lives of those living, working, and visiting here. We view the arts as part of a healthy functioning society and participation in the arts as integral to the health and happiness of our communities. Hence, we provide transformative educational opportunities to art-makers of all ages and skill levels. Programs and workshops at ECFTA are designed and led by professional artists and arts educators from a variety of backgrounds whose foremost goal is to foster creativity in a fun, inclusive and nurturing environment. At the ECFTA, it is our mandate to instill a life-long love of learning through the arts.
The Centre and the organizations within the building are a space where visual and media arts, music, dance, theatre, and the literary arts can come together and thrive.