Message from EC3
The Board and staff of EC3 send out our encouragement to all members of the Peterborough Arts, Culture and Heritage community during the COVID-19 crisis. You are all on our minds. This webpage is meant to be an arts, culture, and heritage sector focused resource centre to help you through these uncertain times.
We continue to monitor the evolving situation and the impact it is having and will continue to have, on both individual artists and cultural organizations in Peterborough and the surrounding region. We are working with all three levels of government on relief and recovery initiatives and with a wide variety of non-governmental and not-for-profit service organizations, contributing ideas and information on several response efforts. We have spoken to many of you individually and heard your concerns; we share your worries.
EC3 is rolling out a number of financial and service relief and recovery programs over the next two weeks, so please monitor this website, as well as our Facebook page, @ElectricCityCC on Twitter, Insta, and our latest COVID-19 Bulletins.
This is a time when the arts are in high demand to provide comfort, creativity and connectedness, and we want to thank all of you for the virtual events and activities you are providing for the community. EC3 has initiated several communications strategies to remind people how crucial the arts are to our community’s health and wellbeing.
Please be sure to track your income loss and the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on your organizations as of March 1, 2020. Funders need solid information to develop relief and recovery programs. In order to help us advocate on your behalf, we highly encourage you to participate in the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Arts, Culture, and Tourism worker from ArtsPond/Étang d’Arts + I Lost My Gig Canada.
For detailed information on financial assistance please review the details in our Bulletins and the Quick Links on the right side of this page, as well as information on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), tax season information from the Canada Revenue Agency, updates to the Canada Summer Jobs program, and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.
Be safe, stay healthy, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
ED Su Ditta and the EC3 Board of Directors
Peterborough Arts Alive
EC3 is rolling out several programs to support individual artists and arts organizations in Peterborough and Peterborough County. More information on these initiatives TBA.
- Peterborough Arts Alive on SLACK
- Digital Uplift
- Peterborough Arts Alive Fund for Strategic Recovery and Resilience Grants
- Local Live Streams and Digital Events Listing
- Micro Subsistence Grants for Local Professional Artists (completed)
- AAP Grants to Organizations
- Advisory Support Network
- Disciplinary Roundtables
- Collective Reboot Initiatives
Information on COVID-19 Financial Aid
See EC3 Bulletins for more information: COVID-19 Financial Aid Updates and More Programs for Artists and ACH Workers and Organizations.
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
- Employment Insurance (EI)
- Support for Individuals
- Support for Businesses and Nonprofits
- Federal COVID-19 newsletter - April 10, 2020 (PDF)
- Imagine Canada's guide to the government's COVID-19 measures for charities, non-profits, and social enterprise
- Cody & James CPA chart of COVID-related government programs (PDF)
- Navigating COVID-19 (PDF flowchart of benefit programs, via Savino Human Resources Partners)
Raising the curtain: Peterborough’s performing arts organizations confront COVID-19
From the Peterborough Examiner.
Impact of COVID-19 on the Arts and Culture Sector in Peterborough and Beyond
Read EC3's new research report (PDF).
A photography project documenting the lives of artists during a pandemic.
Electric City Culturecast Reprise
A curated playlist of interviews with Peterborough artists and ACH workers.
Arts, Culture, and Heritage Roundup
Here's what EC3 has been sharing on social media in the last two weeks.
Anonymous Donor Pledges $20,000 to Kick Off the Peterborough Arts Alive Fund
Raising funds for Strategic Recovery and Resilience Grants
EC3 COVID-19 Bulletins
Curtains Up! Reopening Guidance for the Performing Arts Sector
August 24, 2020
Relief, Recovery, Reopening: New Funds and New Guidelines
August 17, 2020
Keep the Arts Alive! Now is the Time to Speak Up (Presentation to the Ontario Standing Committee)
July 15, 2020
Local Live Streams and Digital Events
April 28, 2020
More Breaking News
April 22, 2020
More Programs for Artists and ACH Workers and Organizations
April 17, 2020
April 1, 2020
Arts Donation Drive for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
March 31, 2020
March 24, 2020
COVID-19 Bulletin #1
March 19, 2020
Government Ministries and Agencies COVID-19 Responses
Arts Service Organizations COVID-19 Responses
See EC3 Bulletins for more resources and supports for artists: COVID-19 Financial Aid Updates and More Programs for Artists and ACH Workers and Organizations.
COVID-19 Health Information
- COVID-19 resources
- Telehealth Ontario: (866) 797-0000
- Toronto Public Health Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings (PDF) from Public Health Ontario
COVID-19 Mental Health Supports
Thoughts on the CERB and its impact on Canadian visual artists (PDF)
Michael Miranda, asisstant curator, Art Gallery of York University, April 8, 2020
Keeping Your Facilities Secure
Adapted from the DBIA March 18th Newsletter
Peterborough Police have additional officers patrolling downtown. Aside from watching for suspicious activity, officers will be checking doors and businesses to ensure buildings are secure. Tips for keeping your business secure:
- Keep lights on.
- Remove ALL cash and receipts.
- Do not leave any valuables clearly visible or accessible.
- All safes and tills should be emptied and moved off-site for safe storage.
- Keep all cash drawers open to show that nothing is in the drawers.
- All ATMs should be emptied and moved off-site for safe storage.
- All alcohol products remove from bar and put in secured storage area.
- Deactivate all scheduled door openings.
- Disconnect all kitchen gas lines from their gas source.
- Make regular visits to your shop/business/facility to manage inventory and storage conditions.