A little history about the building where the arts council hosts many of their events...
The Sanctuary Centre for the Arts is a former church that was purchased by Jason Pizzicarola. He wanted to offer the building as a space for the community to visit to enjoy such things as an art gallery, theatre performances, concerts, art classes etc. If there was ever a question about what to do this weekend, he wanted people to check out what was happening at the Sanctuary. It would be the place "to be" for local entertainment.
Once he purchased the building, he asked the Fort Erie Arts Council to help him out with this endeavour. Being an arts organization in existence for more than 5 years, the Fort Erie Arts Council was happy to take on this task. Having a new and bigger place to call home, the Fort Erie Arts Council moved into the Sanctuary in October of 2010. At that time the arts council rented the office space and converted it into an Art Boutique. Members' were welcome to display their work for sale. Volunteers staffed the space.
The Art Boutique has since closed its doors in the Fall of 2013, but members and local artists continue to exhibit their work on the walls of the main hall space. The gallery shares the multi-purpose space as it is rented out to a wide variety of community functions including weddings, showers, theatre groups, concerts, Zumba classes, and more.
The Fort Erie Arts Council considers to rent the space to provide art classes and special events, as well as monthly artist receptions for the current gallery exhibition.
All are welcome - most events are FREE admission!
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For Sanctuary events, rental, or other inquiries,
please contact Nadine @
The Sanctuary [Centre for the Arts] is a community based art gallery and performing arts centre. It is located in charming downtown Ridgeway where it is a hub of activity for people of all ages. The centre is a permanent art gallery and performing space which houses events such as theatre performances, art openings, concerts, fundraisers, fashion shows, conferences, weddings, etc.
209 Ridge Road North, Ridgeway Ontario L0S 1N0
The Fort Erie Arts Council encourages diverse artistic endeavors in the Fort Erie community to enrich the lives of its residents. We are committed to the development of a rich and sustainable environment for the arts and culture in the Municipality of Greater Fort Erie and to further develop a strong and thriving creative spirit through the arts as the heart of the community life.
The arts council does not have an official "brick and mortar" office space as we host our events at many different locations in the Fort Erie Area. We curate the walls of the Sanctuary and host artists receptions there.
Please check our Events page often, as well as our FaceBook page for location updates and event details.
The Sanctuary kindly shares their address for mailed forms and invoices.
The Fort Erie Arts Council's five key objectives:
- Art Creation and Presentation - to support the development of artists of all ages and abilities and arts organizations, encourage artistic excellence and provide opportunities for arts presentations in the community
- Advocacy and Public Awareness - To act as community leaders to increase the awareness of the arts for the benefit of the community
- Education - To promote Arts Education by expanding opportunities for the arts and to encourage diversity of arts experiences for young community members
- Community Development - To start and facilitate programs which increase participation by all community members in arts and cultural activities
- Resource Development - To develop revenue to operate and to develop resources for the community.
To learn how you can become a member click here
Interetsed in getting involved?
There are many volunteer opportunities! See the Membership page for more information.