In case you missed it, here is a roundup of some of what the Electric City Culture Council (EC3) has been sharing online in the past two weeks.
From the Electric City Culture Council
EC3 is celebrating Peterborough Pride with the return of Art Loves Pride. This year, instead of a float in a parade, EC3 is celebrating the work of local queer artists by commissioning a series of new works, to appear on EC3’s Instagram page @ec3ptbo. This past week, we have been running an online version of the Take-Out Poetry Cart, featuring poems by Ziysah von B and art by Ronnie Ritchie.
EC3 published the second a series of articles that will appear in The Peteborough Examiner about the state of the arts in Peterborough. “The Peterborough Pivot: Performance in outdoor settings” by Esther Vincent appeared in the October 3 issue of the Examiner. Watch for the next one on Saturday, October 17. (Also read the first article: “Raising the curtain: Peterborough’s performing arts organizations confront COVID-19.”)
In September, EC3 held a Webinar on Health and Safety Guidelines for Reopening the Arts, Culture, and Heritage Sector, co-presented with Peterborough Public Health, which was attended by 20 local arts, culture, and heritage organizations. You can now watch a recording of the webinar, and check out some recommended resources, here.
EC3 has been sharing images from our Peterborough Arts Alive initiative, ESSENTIAL, a series of photos documenting the lives of local artists during the pandemic, photographed by Julie Gagne. See the whole project here, and follow KawarthaNOW, who will be releasing images from the project over the next several weeks.
EC3 has been sharing clips from The Electric City Culturecast Reprise, a curated playlist of clips from EC3’s Trent Radio show and podcast, The Electric City Culturecast. Our hope is to highlight some of Peterborough’s talented and fascinating artists and creators, during a time when many avenues for artistic expression and performance remain closed. Read our Bulletin about the project.
Donate today to the Peterborough Arts Alive Fund, a fundraising effort to provide grants for local arts organizations.
October 2 to 18: Public Energy is hosting The Pivot Series, a series of site-specific outdoor dance, theatre, and performance works taking place around Peterborough.
Melanie McCall’s exhibition continues at Atelier Ludmila, the gallery’s first show back after the pandemic lockdown.
Congratulations to Curve Lake’s Drew Hayden Taylor, winner of the Young/Adult Periodical Marketers of Canada Indigenous Literature Award for his novel, Chasing Painted Horses.
It’s the 25th anniversary of the Kawartha Potters Guild, and The Peterborough Examiner is running a series of articles to mark the occasion.
The Peterborough Singers provide an update on their series of COVID-compliant workshops.
Trent Radio is running a new project called Producer Oriented, that will give community members hands-on experience making radio.
News and Information
September 25 to October 25: It’s Culture Days, a month-long annual celebration of culture in Canada, with online and in-person events across the country.
October 22: Charity Village is hosting a webinar on the topic, ‘How to run crowdfunding campaigns for your nonprofit that will generate serious revenue.’
The Government of Ontario has released a string of statements detailing new COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, including, perhaps most relevant for artists and arts organizations, a reduction of gathering sizes to a maximum of 25 outdoors or 10 indoors. CBC offers this Thanksgiving-themed article answering common questions about the latest rules. (Please note: this is accurate as of 11:00am on October 9, 2020. Monitor Public Health for updates.)
The Government of Canada is changing the structure of its COVID benefits programs. CERB is ending, but many people will now qualify for either EI or the new Canada Recovery Benefit. This guide explains it.
Ever since the start of the pandemic, online music selling platform Bandcamp has been giving 100% of sales made through the webite on the first Friday of every month, straight to the artists, and they just confirmed that Bandcamp Fridays will continue until the end of the year.
The City of Toronto released the results of a long-awaited study of Toronto venues, which has found that the economic impact of Toronto live music venues totals $850 million, providing 10,500 full-time jobs.
Read the latest newsletter from Canadian arts and culture research leaders Mass Culture, which includes information about the current climate of the arts in Canada and links to important research currently being done.
Art and Ideas from Across the Internet
Pioneering Women in Canadian Arts and Culture, from the BC Alliance for Arts and Culture