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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 is located in a restored, three-story limestone school house in one of Ontario’s most picturesque villages. It is now considered a home where art lives. The building consists of 10 large classrooms converted to provide over 10,000 square feet of dedicated studio, gallery, and performance space. It is the vision of the ECFTA to provide a facility that enhances cultural life in the region through the fostering of art practice and presentation, production and reception.

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. 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 ECFTA, it is our mandate to instill a life-long love of learning through the arts.

The Centre is a space where visual and media arts, music, dance, theatre, and the literary arts can come together and thrive. It encourages artist and audience participation and interaction through residency programs, lecture series, workshops, and symposia. Ultimately, we envision the Centre evolving towards a teaching and mentoring institution of national significance.