4elements Living Arts is a multidisciplinary, cross-cultural, non-profit arts organization on Manitoulin Island. We investigate and integrate relationships between landscape, creativity, and community, through research, arts creation, and community cultural and economic development.
4elements Living Arts began in 2002 as a response to the need for creative spaces for artists, art exhibitions and programming in our local communities.
For the first few years we curated art shows with local and visiting artists and hosted professional artist workshops, and presented performance arts throughout Manitoulin.
In 2009 we incorporated as a formal non-profit organization, with a focus on programs that integrate the arts, environmental and land issues focusing on a place-based and community-based approach.
In 2013, the Ontario Trillium Foundation granted 4e $142,000 over two years to hire paid staff and open an office.