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Youth Outreach: Connecting to Community Through Art (for M.I.D and Life Skills Students)

January 10 @ 9:00 am - June 17 @ 3:00 pm

January – June 2022

This program will provide online visual arts programming to developmentally delayed and MID (mild intellectual delay) students twice a month (once a month at Centre Wellington District High School and once a month at Elora Public School from January – June 2022, culminating in an in-person art and share event at the Elora Centre for the Arts. The sessions will offer live online instruction, provided by an ECFTA Arts Educator, assisted by classroom teachers. Art supplies are free to students and are delivered to the schools.  Project themes are centred around community building, emphasizing collaboration and success through personal artistic expression. ECFTA has an established network of community organizations that will be individually engaged by the Arts Educator in the curriculum design for each session, with the goal of connecting students to the community in meaningful ways.


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Supportive Arts Program for Young Adults with (dis)Abilities – Winter/Spring Program 2022

January 11 @ 10:00 am - June 23 @ 12:00 pm

An inclusive, all abilities art and mindfulness workshop for young adults with (dis)abilities 18+

SUPPORTIVE ARTS is a unique program supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, offering arts-based learning opportunities and compelling artistic experiences to individuals with (dis)abilities living in the community. We welcome adults and caregivers from Wellington County and the surrounding areas to our weekly program. Led by ECFTA Arts Educators and Mindfulness Coaches.  The Supportive Arts program has now expanded to 3 sessions per week.

THE PROGRAM: Join us for a guided 2-hour workshop, specifically designed to support adults of all abilities. Each session, we will embrace diversity and friendship through explorations in art making, movement, mindfulness and music. Every week is as unique as each of our participants!  Supportive Arts is offered free of charge to all participants and support companions, thanks to the generous support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


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Youth Outreach: The Healing Power of Art & Creative Expression | Addiction & Recovery Program, a partnership with Portage

February 1 - March 14

Youth Addiction & Recovery Program: The Healing Power of Art and Creative Expression.

This program curriculum incorporates art and creative expression as the conduit for acceptance, sharing and healing. It allows for emotional exploration, development of coping strategies and sharing the challenges of recovery. Run by arts educators, engagement facilitators and a social worker.

Each 6 week session will run twice weekly in the gallery and classroom at the Elora Centre for the Arts.



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Big Brothers Big Sisters BEYOND THE BOX! in Elora

February 3 @ 6:00 pm - March 17 @ 7:30 pm

Beyond The Box! is a group mentoring program for all youth ages 12 – 15. The program aims to empower all youth and build a sense of belonging through group activities, friendship and fun.

Beyond The Box! works towards filling the gaps in services and resources for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth in our community and will build on existing Go Girls! and Game On! programming to create a more inclusive experience. As such, this program promotes mental health and well-being, social emotional competency and educational engagement and employment readiness.

Beyond the Box! is a 7-week program this winter,  90-minutes each week.  Elora youth will meet at the Elora Centre for the Arts, 75 Melville Street in Elora.

The program will run in Elora on Thursdays from 6-7:30 PM.  It is scheduled to begin Thursday February 3, 2022!

For more information and to register please visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Centre Wellington’s website.

Please note there is also a weekly session for youth living in Fergus – please visit the BBBS website link above for all the details.

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Bungalow Community Lunch Program: “Feeding the Soul”

February 8 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 12:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until October 25, 2022

An event every month that begins at 12:00 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until October 25, 2022

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month!  FREE | Everyone welcome

Revitalized for 2022!  A consistent calendar of lunches are planned for the year (2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month), with a central location for hosting the lunches at the Elora Centre for the Arts.

The goal of the Bungalow lunch program is to help create more resilient, equitable communities for individuals and families; improve mental well-being and COVID recovery though connection with others; address nutrition needs in the community by offering healthy meals; and create volunteer opportunities.

PLEASE NOTE! FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY we will be offering tasty nutritious meals for pick up and delivery.  Look for updated information and contact info on Facebook (@Community Lunch at Bungalow 55).  Everyone is welcome to come to the Elora Centre for the Arts (ECFTA) any time between 12:00 -1:30, with your take- out containers ( we will have extra) and luncheon volunteers will package your meal to go. If you wish to enter the ECFTA, masks and vaccine status will be required, as well as social distancing and numbers will be limited to five people at a time. We thank you for your understanding and patience while our communities work to overcome Covid.


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