We hope you are all finding some time to unwind a bit this summer and take in some arts events as COVID-19 health and safety restrictions begin to ease.
EC3 and the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough are pleased to announce that the Peterborough Arts Alive Fund has awarded $104,500 in COVID-19 Strategic Recovery and Resilience Grants to 15 local arts organizations.
The Peterborough Arts Alive Fund is one of several initiatives EC3 designed to provide critical support to professional arts organizations and individual artists during the pandemic. This fund provides grants of up to $10,000 each to local arts organizations working in any discipline and in any arts capacity (creation, production, exhibition, presentation, performance, education, etc.) to assist them in managing the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, respond creatively to the current situation, prepare to effectively reopen when they can, and ensure a sustainable and resilient future.
Grants awarded range between $2,500 and $10,000 and support projects in artistic creation and development, PPE and public health upgrades, management and staff training/coaching/expert consulting, technology and digital upgrades, marketing and communications development, and staffing. Applications were reviewed and evaluated by a five-member peer assessment jury who recommended the grant amounts.
Organizations receiving grants though the Peterborough Arts Alive Fund include:
- 4th Line Theatre
- Kawartha Youth Orchestra
- Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
- P.R. Community Student Association (Sadleir House)
- Artspace Peterborough
- Peterborough County Children’s Chorus
- Peterborough Symphony Orchestra
- Peterborough Theatre Guild
- ReFrame Film Festival
- Showplace Peterborough Performance Centre
- SPARK Photo Festival
- The Art School of Peterborough
- The Peterborough Singers
- The Theatre on King
- Trent Radio
For a full list of grant recipients and projects please see the ‘News & Information’ section of the EC3 website or follow this link.
There are so many people to thank for this project: all of the amazing individual private donors who contributed to the fund, stepping up to support the arts during an incredibly challenging time; our incredible partners at the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, who administered the fund and helped with fundraising; local arts supporter Deborah Berrill, who came up with the idea for the fund, made an initial contribution and supported additional fundraising; and the Peterborough Performing Arts Recovery Alliance, for their enthusiastic fundraising support.
Special thanks and our heartfelt appreciation go out to the City of Peterborough for its very generous contribution of $40,000.
“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 suffered as facilities closed, exhibitions were cancelled, audiences drifted, box office revenues disappeared and artists’ fees and commissions evaporated. These grants allow the arts community to pivot, adapt, collaborate, plan and retool for the current situation and post-COVID-19 success.” Bill Kimball, President, EC3
“We live in an extraordinary community that combines an outstanding tradition of philanthropic giving, civic pride in and municipal financial support for, the local arts sector. It is this passion for the arts and respect for and commitment to the outstanding artists, arts organizations and volunteers that create the vibrant cultural life we are so fortunate to enjoy here. Our work on the Peterborough Arts Alive Fund was inspiring beyond measure and we are very grateful to everyone who made this program possible and for the tenacity and creativity of the entire Peterborough arts community.” Su Ditta, Executive Director, EC3
Next up on the EC3 agenda: the Peterborough Poet Laureate Program.