About

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.

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.

Our Mission

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.

What we do

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.

Residencies

4elements has offered artist residencies since 2012. If you would like to work with 4elements on an existing project, or design your own, please contact us.

Land-Based Learning

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!

Who we are

Richard Lathwell
Chair, Board of Directors
erin-blythe reddie
Director
Susan Snelling
Vice Chair, Board of Directors
TBD
Executive Director
Samantha Ramage
Director
Melanie Hunt
Director