Peterborough, ON – The Board of Directors of the Electric City Culture Council (EC3) is pleased to announce that EC3 President and Chair, Bill Kimball has been appointed to the Advocacy Committee of the Canadian Association of Performing Arts Organizations (CAPACOA), and EC3 Executive Director Su Ditta has been appointed Co-Chair of the Alliance of Arts Councils of Ontario (AACO).
A Trent University graduate, Bill Kimball has built a distinguished career in the arts sector in Peterborough, Ontario for more than 35 years, taking a lead role in organizations such as Theatre Trent, Artspace, City Stage, Peterborough New Dance, and of course as Executive Director at Public Energy Performing Arts. Kimball has served on ACHAC, the City of Peterborough’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Advisory Committee and on the City’s Community Investment and Project Grants Assessment Committee, and played a leadership role in renovations of the Market Hall. As President and Chair of EC3, Mr. Kimball has provided exceptional guidance and vision to the organization throughout its start-up phase.
The CAPACOA Advocacy Committee provides expert advice on federal and provincial policy matters affecting the arts, such as government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. CAPACOA provides a broad range of supports, tools and resources to the arts community and plays a leading role in maintaining a healthy and vibrant arts ecosystem in Canada. This organization has played a critical role during the pandemic and their work has been invaluable to hundreds of arts organizations all across Canada.
“CAPACOA is an outstanding arts service organization and I am honoured to have the opportunity to work with them, particularly in such challenging times.” –Bill Kimball
Su Ditta has served as Executive Director of EC3, Peterborough’s municipal arts council, for five years. Also a Trent graduate and an award-winning curator and arts administrator, Ms. Ditta returned to Peterborough after working at the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Ditta has served as an advisor and consultant to dozens of government agencies and not-for-profit arts organizations and educational institutions, is a founding director of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough and has served on many City advisory committees.
The Alliance of Art Councils of Ontario (AACO) is a newly formed association of municipal and regional arts councils, artists networks, and community-based cultural councils. It provides professional support, knowledge sharing, information and other resources to its members, advocates on behalf of its members and the artists and arts organizations that they serve, and provides recommendations on government policy and programs at both the federal and provincial level. AACO is dedicated to building a strong, sustainable, inclusive and responsive arts environment in the province of Ontario.
“I am proud to be a founding member and the first Co-Chair of such a dynamic and important organization and thrilled to work with such dedicated colleagues to advance the arts sector in Ontario.” –Su Ditta
EC3 is proud to see the skills and experience of our leadership team members recognized in this way.