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About Us

Our mission 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 classroom space is utilized for creative workshops for adults and youth.  Find out more about our adult classes or youth workshops.

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.  The space offers benches and picnic tables for everyone to enjoy.  To find out more about this hidden gem in downtown Elora please click here.

A visit to the Elora Centre for the Arts is a “must do” when you visit Elora!  It is a hidden gem and should be on everyone’s “things to do in Elora” list!

 

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:

Please note that you must have an appointment or be registered for a program with the above organizations to visit at this time.


Land Acknowledgement

The Elora Centre for the Arts serves within the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Attiwanderon, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Ojibwe Nation and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations.

The Elora Centre for the Arts is adjacent to the Grand River and is located on lands originally granted to the Haudenosaunee people under the Haldimand Proclamation of 1784 and within Treaty 3 lands ceded by the Missisissaugas of the Credit First Nation.

We acknowledge the enduring presence of the Indigenous peoples with whom we share this land today, as well as the rich heritage of other First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across the land.

We offer this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.  We are committed to listening, learning and respecting Indigenous perspectives in the work we do.


Our Vision

The Elora Centre for the Arts is a 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 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.


Our Mission

Our mission 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 charitable organization, 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 strives to provide a facility that enhances cultural life in the region through the fostering of art practice and presentation, production and reception. Our Arts Centre 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. Our programs and workshops 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 Arts Centre, it is our mandate to instill a life-long love of learning through the arts.

The Centre is a community space where visual and media arts, music, dance, theatre, and the literary arts can come together and thrive.


Our Core Values

The ECFTA embraces the following values that inform our strategic and operational activities:

Diversity/Inclusiveness

– Supporting a variety of diverse creative endeavours to broaden our community reach

Respect

– Respecting the past while welcoming fresh thinking to move forward

Accountability

– Ensuring we remain transparent and accountable to our supporters, funders, and our larger community

Commitment

– Acting with integrity, we are committed to making a meaningful difference to our community through creative support

Sustainability

– Maintaining financial stability to ensure the organization remains viable and creatively relevant to a broad audience