Founded in 2002, in response to the need for creative spaces for artists, art exhibitions and programming in our local communities, the organization has a mandate to engage and inspire creative exploration of land and our relationships to it. 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.
TO ANIMATE A LAND/LIFE CONNECTION IN ARTS PROGRAMMING, AND TO FACILITATE LAND-BASED CREATIVE WORK AND RESEARCH IN THE ARTS THROUGH HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATION, COMMUNITY PROJECTS, EVENTS, AND PROGRAMS.
4elements Living Arts has developed complex community-engaged projects with multiple community partners. 4e integrates many elements into this work, such as arts/culture/food/land-use history.
Our experience with Land based Learning has lead to the publication of three books. Through these we suggest ways to instigate shared creative inquiries and see familiar places in new ways every day!
Organizational policies adopted by 4elements Living Arts will be placed here as they are completed and approved by the Board.