Arts, Culture, and Heritage Roundup: July 25 to August 7, 2020

August 7th, 2020

Listen to The Electric City Culturecast Reprise, a new project from EC3

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.

Be sure to follow EC3’s Facebook page, @ECThreePtbo on Twitter, and @ec3ptbo on Instagram, where we’re posting updates every day.

From the Electric City Culture Council

EC3 launched 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.

Arts and Culture Roundtable, with EC3, Minister Monsef, and local arts and culture leaders

EC3 was proud to work with local MP and Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development Maryam Monsef, on an Arts & Culture Roundtable at the end of July (see photo at right).  It was an insightful and productive conversation, and EC3 sincrely appreciates our MP taking the time to hear from local arts and culture leaders about the challenges our sector is facing.

Join the conversation on Peterborough Arts Alive on SLACK, a digital space where artists can meet to discuss and share ideas and resources.

Donate today to the Peterborough Arts Alive Fund, a fundraising effort to provide grants for local arts organizations.

Local spotlight

Job alert: Public Energy is currently hiring an Interim Administration and Marketing Program Director, and the Art Gallery of Peterborough is hiring a Visitor Services Receptionist.

4th Line Theatre had to cancel their season this year, but they are mounting a special play this fall. Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales is a newly written, limited-run play that will be performed outdoors to socially distanced audiences.

The Art Gallery of Peterborough is now re-opened. Visiting is by appointment only, and with specific restrictions in place.

Subscribe to Artspace‘s Flashback newsletter, full of art and video pulled from Artspace’s archives. The latest issue features an interview with Dorothy Caldwell.

Watch this entirely heartwarming new video from local band Little Birdie:

 News and information

The Canada Council for the Arts announced the appointment of Anishinaabe writer and broadcaster Jesse Wente as the new Chair of the Board.  Read The Toronto Star‘s interview with Wente. The Council is also seeking input on their five-year strategic plan, on their new website ReimagineTheArts.ca.

The Ontario Trillium Fund launced the Resilient Communities Fund, providing support to not-for-profit organizations for COVID-19 recovery and rebuilding.

Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault announced the details of Phase 2 of the $500 million being distributed to help Canada’s culture, heritage, and sport sector. Phase 2 includes funding for independent news and journalism, FACTOR, and other groups who did not receive funding in Phase 1.

Ideas and thinkpieces

The Arts Are Beautiful. The Culture Is Not by Dorothy Woodend, The Tyee

Looking at Vancouver’s lack of representation for BIPOC artists by Sára Molčan, Medium

Bail Out Artists, Not Arts Managers by J.J. Charlesworth, ArtReview

Art, After Virus: Seven Questions for a Sector on the Edge by David Maggs, The Philanthropist

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Arts, Culture, and Heritage Roundup: July 11 to 24, 2020

July 24th, 2020

John Boyle, RL207, 1982, serigraph in baked porcelain on steel, Gift of the artist, 2003. Collection of the Art Gallery of Peterborough. Featured in the Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour, which returns this fall.

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.

Be sure to follow EC3’s Facebook page, @ECThreePtbo on Twitter, and @ec3ptbo on Instagram, where we’re posting updates every day.

From the Electric City Culture Council

Join the conversation on Peterborough Arts Alive on SLACK, a digital space where artists can meet to discuss and share ideas and resources. In the past two weeks, conversations have included Ann Jaeger on how artists can reclaim autonomy after COVID, and Elizabeth Jenkins with a powerful poem on feeling unsafe during ‘safe at home.’

Registration is now full for EC3’s Digital Uplift program of digital consultations for artists and arts organizations. We would like to thank all the participants, and Sofie Andreou of 123DigitalPower for her hard work!

Donate today to the Peterborough Arts Alive Fund, a fundraising effort to provide grants for local arts organizations.

On July 6, the newly formed Alliance of Arts Councils of Ontario, co-chaired by EC3’s Executive Director Su Ditta submitted a presentation to the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs in response to the provincial government’s COVID 19 Economic Update. Read the delegation, and feel free to get in touch with your feedback, or contact our local MPP Dave Smith to let him know that the arts are important to you.

Local Spotlight

The Canadian Canoe Museum is reopening its doors, starting Saturday, July 25. Read their announcement here.

The First Friday Art Crawl may not be crawling right now, but they currently have a call for proposals for a mural for the Commerce’s Building’s alley.

A hotly anticipated annual event, the Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour is happening this year, albeit in a modified term. Check out the website to find out more.

Artspace held their first exhibition since the pandemic earlier this month. Company Town explores the complex legacy of General Electric in Peterborough. The exhibition is still up online for your perusal. And read more about it in The Peterborough Examiner.

Trent students: if you’re interested in getting involved in campus media in September, Trent Radio and Arthur Newspaper are holding a weekly Zoom gathering every Thursday at 2pm. Chat, meet the staff, find out about opportunities.

Local musician Evangeline Gentle released a video for their beautiful song “Sundays,” off their self-titled debut album, produced by Jim Bryson:

Watch Evangeline Gentle – "Sundays"

Watch the brand new video from Evangeline Gentle! "Sundays" is the latest single from Evangeline's self-titled debut album out on August 21. Watch the video and pre-order the album now: linktr.ee/evangelinegentle

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News and Information

The Government of Ontario has announced that Peterborough, and most of the province, has officially entered Stage 3 of reopening. Most businesses are now permitted to open, and gathering sizes have increased to 50 for indoor gatherings and 100 for outdoor gatherings.

75,000 artists across Canada, including the Electric City Culture Council, have signed A Public Letter from the Arts Community for a Basic Income Guarantee. There will be an upcoming webinar about the letter on July 29 at 2pm – register here.

The Ontario Arts Council has released initial results from their Audience Outlook Monitor survey, exploring the attitudes of Ontarians about returning to the arts.

The Government of Canada released details of Phase 2 of their plan to distribute $500 million to the culture, heritage, and sport sector. This includes funding for independent media and radio, live music, and other sectors not covered by Phase 1 funding.

Voices of Today is an online poetry competition happening August 11 to 15. Check out the events online, or sign up to be a volunteer!

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75,000 Canadian artists unite: It’s time for a basic income

July 17th, 2020

Today, artists, writers, technicians and performers are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to create a permanent basic income guarantee.

Link to: “A Public Letter from the Arts Community for a Basic Income Guarantee”

The pandemic’s wrath on lives has been swift. Millions are still out of work, venues shuttered, and livelihoods lost. In this new precarious reality, poverty can become a reality for all of us, abruptly, without warning.

“As stakeholders of the arts and culture sector, we ask you to give Canadians the chance not only to survive, but to live.”

“A Basic Income Guarantee would build on existing programs, including CERB, and provide financial security to meet people’s basic needs, regardless of their work status.”

This public letter, signed and endorsed by many of the largest arts and culture organizations in Canada and many prominent talents [link to list], calls on the government to think outside the box and implement a “basic income program that guarantees an income floor to anyone in need.”

In the pandemic’s wake, Canada can rise from the disease, hardships, and ruptures in social behavior with a basic income. “The opportunity for change is here and now,” write the letter’s co-authors: Craig Berggold, Zainub Verjee and Clayton Windatt.

“It’s time for a basic income,” say Canadian talent from coast to coast to coast: from the North’s Gwaandak Theatre; the Acadian artists in New Brunswick; the Conseil québécois du théâtre; Toronto’s South Asian Visual Arts Centre; Alberta’s celebrated Kehewin Native Dance Theatre; I.A.T.S.E. stage and film technicians; the Canadian Federation of Musicians, the visual artists of CARFAC; the francophone Fédération culturelle canadienne-française; the Canadian Actors’ Equity; to opera singer Adrianne Pieczonka, O.C., writer Judy Rebick, filmmaker John Greyson, and many more

George Elliot Clarke, the 7thParliamentary/Canadian Poet Laureate composed On Basic Income for our campaign. The poem’s opening lines provide a dark glimpse of the solitude and unexpected hardship, through no fault of their own, felt by many Canadians: [link to poem]

“The economy’s an abyss whose bottom is a grave,

And each tightrope walker wobbles as a mere wage-slave.

And those who freefall, screaming, screeching, as they go,

Clutching for handholds or toeholds, only hope to slow, …”

Join the co-authors of the public letter at the webinar The Case for Basic Income for the Arts, on July 29th, at 2pm EST, hosted by Basic Income Calgary and Ontario Basic Income Network.

Register here [link].

For more information visit: www.obin.ca/the_case_for_basic_income_for_the_arts

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For media enquiries and to arrange interviews please contact:

Craig Berggold, m: 647-328-9383 e: craigberggold@gmail.com

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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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