EC3 Mission and Vision
The Electric City Culture Council (EC3) is an independent, arm’s-length, not-for-profit corporation mandated by the City of Peterborough to champion the development of the arts and culture community for the people of the City and County of Peterborough.
Our primary purpose: build capacity across the sector by developing and delivering relevant, effective programs and services that support and encourage individual artists (at all levels and in all disciplines), other cultural professionals and arts and culture organizations to advance their practice, acquire new skills and knowledge, and generate additional opportunities for artists to create and present work.
EC3 delivers programs and services that enhance public access to the arts, including the Peterborough Poet Laureate, Artsweek, the Peterborough Arts Awards and Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts, mentorships, and artist residencies.
EC3’s work expands broad community knowledge of and appreciation for the quality, variety and value of artistic work produced in Peterborough and encourages initiatives that make the arts more inclusive, diverse and welcoming for all.
EC3 represents the arts and culture community to government and other agencies, advises on cultural policy and explores new sources of funding for the arts, while building collaborations and cross-sectoral community partnerships. We bring the community together to share resources and work together on common goals and objectives.
EC3 provides strategic leadership, connections, advocacy, professional development, public engagement, research, information, arts programming, new ideas and perspectives.
EC3 acts as an antenna and sounding board: identifying challenges and barriers to a healthy and vital ACH sector, developing and delivering activities/strategies that help our members and the broader creative community meet those challenges, overcome barriers, discover new opportunities and build a positive and sustainable future.
We respectfully acknowledge that the land on which we work and gather is in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig Anishnaabe, home to the Williams Treaties First Nations, who have been the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters for countless generations. We support them in this work, which they continue to this day.
We are grateful to be here, and pledge to listen and learn from traditional Indigenous knowledge and ways. EC3 is committed to doing all we can to further efforts at real Truth and Reconciliation, which includes providing support to the artistic work of Indigenous artists, examining the ways we do this, and providing a space and a platform for Indigenous voices to be heard and respected.