Anonymous Donor Pledges $20,000 to Kick Off the Peterborough Arts Alive Fund

June 3rd, 2020

Media Release – June 3, 2020
For Immediate Release

Peterborough, ON – The Electric City Culture Council (EC3) and the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough (Community Foundation) have joined forces to launch a fundraising campaign for the Peterborough Arts Alive Fund, an EC3 initiative to provide Strategic Recovery and Resilience Grants to professional arts organizations with charitable status in Peterborough and the surrounding region. This fund will provide grants of up to $10,000 each to local arts organizations working in any discipline and in any capacity (creation, production, exhibition, presentation, performance, etc.) to assist them in managing the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic, respond creatively to the current situation and prepare to effectively reopen/relaunch when they can.

The initial idea came from local arts supporter Deborah Berrill leading a group of private donors who, along with EC3 Executive Director Su Ditta, EC3 Board member Peg McCracken and the Community Foundation, are hoping to raise $100,000 for the Peterborough Arts Alive Fund.

“COVID-19 has had a massive impact on the arts community. This is a sector that makes an enormous contribution to the quality of life in Peterborough, and plays a profound role in our social and economic well-being. Both organizations and individual artists are suffering as facilities close, exhibitions are cancelled, audiences drift, box office revenues disappear and fees and commissions evaporate. These grants will allow the arts community to pivot, adapt, collaborate, plan and retool for the current situation.” Bill Kimball, President, EC3

“Local artists and arts organizations provide Peterborough with an amazing cultural life, one that we appreciate even more right now as their work lifts our spirits, offers us meaning and brings us together. It’s so important that we support them through this difficult period, so they can keep doing what they do best.” Deborah Berrill, Educator and Arts Supporter

“We live in an extraordinary community that combines an outstanding tradition of philanthropic giving with a passion for the arts and respect for the outstanding artists and arts organizations that create the vibrant cultural life we are so fortunate to enjoy here. To start the campaign for the Peterborough Arts Alive Fund with such a generous donation is inspiring beyond measure and we are very grateful.” Su Ditta, Executive Director, EC3

Details of the grant program will be announced shortly.

People who wish to contribute to the Peterborough Arts Alive Fund and support local arts organizations can do so online at: https://cfgp.ca/project/arts-alive-fund/ or by mailing a cheque payable to the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough to the Foundation at: 261 George St. North, Suite 202, Peterborough, ON, K9J 3G9.

For Further Information Contact:
Su Ditta
Executive Director, EC3
705 749 9101
electriccitycc@gmail.com
www.ecthree.org

See our COVID-19 Updates page for more COVID-19 updates and resources for artists and ACH workers, and our Peterborough Arts Alive page for our COVID-19 response and recovery programs.

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Grantwriting 3.0: Grantwriting for Indigenous Artists & Curators

November 14th, 2019

Grantwriting 3.0:
Grantwriting for Indigenous
Artists & Curators

Artists need time and money to make work and present it to the public.
Public funding for the arts plays a crucial role in that process, but most artists
and curators find successful grantwriting a challenge. What works? What to avoid?
How do juries function? What are the programs at the arts councils dedicated to Indigenous artists about? How can applicants be successful?

  • This free, day-long workshop for Indigenous artists & curators will feature:
    • guest speakers sharing their knowledge and experience writing successful grants
    • officers from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council explaining grant programs and offering advice
    • opportunities for one-on-one meetings to discuss project ideas
    • follow-up mentorships for up to five participants.

Confirmed presenters:
Tia Cavanagh (inter-disciplinary arts and community-based projects)
Nadia McLaren (Visual and Media Arts)
Nick Ferrio (Music)
Ryan Rice (Visual Arts Curator)
William Kingfisher (Curator and Art Historian)
Couzyn van Heuvelen (Visual Arts)

Officers:
JL Watson – Canada Council for the Arts
Maura Broadhurst – Ontario Arts Council

Where: Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre
580 Cameron St, Peterborough, ON K9J 3Z5

When: November 23rd, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Want more info?
EMAIL: programmanagerelectriccitycc@gmail.com

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EC3 Response to the City of Peterborough’s DRAFT Official Plan Update

September 30th, 2019

EC3 participated in multiple consultations with the City Planning Department and conducted extensive research of our own. How can the Official Plan Update best support a vibrant arts, culture and heritage sector that contributes to community vitality and well being?

Check out the DRAFT Official Plan Update HERE
Check out some additional ideas HERE

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The Electric City Culturecast

June 18th, 2019

On June 21st at 3:00 pm celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day by listening to an interview with Curve Lake visual artist Alice Olsen Williams on the Electric City Culture-cast. Tune in Trent Radio at 92.7 FM. Alice was the winner of Outstanding Achievement by a Senior Artist Award at the 2019 Peterborough Arts Awards.

Listen HERE

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