History and Information Background
WHO WE ARE
The Electric City Culture Council (EC3) is a new, not-for-profit service organization serving the arts, culture and heritage (ACH) sector in Peterborough and the surrounding area. Our mission is to develop andstrengthen the creative ecology of the region by connecting individuals and organizations and by providing the leadership, advocacy, professional development, information, resources, networking, programming and collaborative partnerships, that will build and support the capacity and infrastructure of the local arts, culture and heritage community.
Our job is to act as an antenna and sounding board for the ACH community, to identify challenges in the sector and develop and deliver services that will help our members and the broader creative community meet those challenges, discover new opportunities, implement useful and innovative strategies to strengthen their organizations and provide meaningful support to better serve artists, heritage professionals,
cultural managers and audiences.
In September 2010, the City of Peterborough began work on a Municipal Cultural Plan. As part of this process, the City held forums and consultations with 500 stakeholders from across the cultural community. Although Peterborough has a rich and robust compliment of individual artists and arts, culture and heritage organizations and professionals, it was clear that the community faced a number of challenges. Participants in the consultations flagged isolation, lack of training and professional development, and a lack of connection with business, educational, civic and social service sectors as critical issues to be addressed. It was clear that community would benefit from a clear voice and stronger profile and that it needed a unifying and coordinating body to reach its full potential.
One of the strategies recommended in the Municipal Cultural Plan was the creation of an arts, culture and heritage council to coordinate resources, raise the profile of and build capacity in the sector. The City of Peterborough approved the Plan in April 2012 and acted on this recommendation by organizing an initial community meeting, providing funding for incorporation and allocating operating funds to support the start-up phase of the Council.
In May of 2012, volunteers from the arts, culture and heritage sector met and formed the Interim Steering Committee for the Council. Through this initiative, the Electric City Culture Council (EC3) was created and incorporated in November 2012
WHERE WE ARE NOW
We have completed the start up phase of our development, consolidating our Board and establishing our governance procedures and policies, setting up management and operating processes, developing programming and services, building financial resources and connecting with our community and other stakeholders. We applied for and received an OAC Compass grant, Operating and Programming funding from the City and a 3-year Trillium Grant. We are in the process of hiring an Executive Director, establishing an office, producing Artsweek 2015 and launching new projects including the inaugural EC3 Arts Awards Program and the Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts.
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