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Projects and Giving Opportunities


Let’s make a creative difference in our community. Together.

There are many exciting programs and projects that make a difference in our community, and need your help to make them happen! There’s a variety of ways you can help support the work we do in the community, and match them to your passion or interest.




To view or print our 4-page brochure please click here.


  1. Support our next Planet Youth outreach program in support of youth mental health.  The theme for 2020 is #therealselfieproject where art and self reflection are key components to the challenge.  This is an outreach program with elementary and high school students in our community, and culminates with an art exhibition in the gallery.  Read more.
  2. Support our weekly Supportive Arts program for adults 18+ with learning (dis)abilities. This program combines art and music, in partnership with the Elora Singers.  Read more.
  3. Sponsor our elementary school outreach program where we “take art on the road” to inject art instruction and creative benefits into our local school curriculum.  Read more.
  4. Support school and  community group filed trips where kids and adults experience an interactive and creative experience.
  5. Sponsor our creative art based outreach program for youth recovering from addiction, in partnership with Portage Addiction Centre. Read more.
  6. Help send a kid to camp to experience the benefits of creative exploration during the summer, or sponsor a permanent art installation made by camp kids.  Read more.
  7. Sponsor an art exhibition or interactive experience in our gallery that engages locals and tourists to engage with creativity in innovative and new ways.  Read more.
  8. Become a sponsor our summer weekend festival Creative Spark in the Yard, engaging visitors and community members through artisans, artists, makers, musicians and food!  Read more.


To view or print a menu of giving options, with various levels of impact and investment options,  click here.

To view photos and stories of impact  click here.


There are two easy options for giving:

  • Donate on-line through CanadaHelps.org
  • Stop by or call our office and we can help with the details (visa, cheque, e-transfer to admin@ecfta.ca)

The Elora Centre for the Arts is an independently owned, Registered Charitable Organization.

Charitable Registration Number: 86123 1314 RR0001

Our mission is to develop and strengthen a non-profit arts and cultural centre that promotes, teaches and nourishes the creation and appreciation of the arts through educational programs, exhibitions, rehearsals and performances that are accessible to everyone.

Please contact us if you have any questions.  519-846-9698 or email: admin@ecfta.ca 



Thank you to our generous community who collectively raised $7,000 in ONE DAY for our Giving Tuesday campaign #therealselfieproject in support of youth mental health.  We are so grateful for the community support!  It takes a village, and we sure do appreciate ours!



#THEREALSELFIEPROJECT engages high school and elementary schoool students through art, creativity and reflection. Students consider the good, the challenging and quirky side of themselves in creating their project. The project becomes the catalyst for reflection about themselves in the past, present and how they might visualize themselves in the future.  The project is woven into the curriculum for art students in the Centre Wellington District High school, and our Arts Educators “take art on the road” to bring the program to our local elementary schools.

The project culminates with a 3-week juried youth art exhibition in the gallery featuring over 100 student submissions at the Elora Centre for the Arts, complete with opening reception.

This project builds upon the success of our pilot project last year called “See the Forest Through the Trees” and includes collaboration with CMHA’s YouthTalk, Centre Wellington District High School, the Upper Grand District School Board Support Services and others.

#THEREALSELFIEPROJECT utilizes the benefits of the creative process to support our youth, stimulate conversation and celebrate their wisdom.  As outlined in the recent Vital Signs Report launched by the Centre Wellington Community Foundation, “mental health is a pressing issue in our community”.   It also states that the protective factors are “connected to community, a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose, good coping skills, good problem-solving skills, having good relationships and understanding self-care”. The report also indicated that 53.7% of youth report low self-esteem”.

We believe that art and creativity can have a calming effect and open up gateways of discussion with youth.  Students involved in #therealselfieproject will be encouraged to embrace mistakes and “come up with a Plan B” to practice the valuable life-skill of problem-solving throughout the process.



GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.

GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners – nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals – to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness. Across Canada and around the world, GivingTuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.

“We have two days that are good for the economy. Now we have a day that is good for the community too.”

To find out more about the global movement of Giving Tuesday please click here.