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Arts, Culture, and Heritage Roundup: August 29 to September 11, 2020

September 15th, 2020

Bankers Common, featuring the new mural by Kathryn Durst. (Photo courtesy First Friday Art Crawl)

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 was proud to launch our latest 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.

Over the past few months, we’ve been getting more and more hard data about the impact COVID-19 has had on our sector, in the forms of surveys and research reports out of a range of organizations. We’ve organized this information into a new research report, Impact of COVID-19 on the Arts and Culture Sector in Peterborough and Beyond: EC3 September 2020 Roundup.

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.

Local Spotlight

Tickets are now on sale for 4th Line Theatre‘s Open Spaces Festival, featuring short plays in outdoor spaces throughout Peterborough.

Art School of Peterborough‘s fall season of classes kicks off September 21.

Atelier Ludmila is holding a writing workshop with John Marris, using their current exhibition as inspiration.

Throwback! Christy Haldane shared a video of a unique art event from back in 2006 in Lakefield, the Sculpture Challenge:

First Friday Art Crawl returned  for the first time since the pandemic this month. Head over to their Facebook page to check out selections from the various shows, as well as the new mural they commissioned for the alleyway leading into Bankers Common.

The Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour returns from September 19 to 20 – with some changes and new rules for COVID safety. Find out more.

Classes are back at the Kawartha Potters Guild. Multiple different days and options.

Submit your applications for Theatre Trent funding for local theatre projects by October 15 at the latest.

Trent Radio is gradually rolling out their fall season.

Check out Word Up Open Mic, an online spoken word event coming September 18 featuring Wordcraft, a.k.a. Saleem Ansari and Jon Hedderwic.

News and Information

Watch the townhall meeting with Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault, run by Business / Arts.

This Wednesday, September 16, CARFAC‘s Webinar Wednesdays series presents Intro to: Universal Basic Income.

Read the new issue of Hill Strategies Research‘s Arts Research Monitor, with updated data about how the pandemic is affecting arts attendence.

On August 31, EC3 commemorated International Overdose Awareness Day. Find out more about this important issue.

Art and Ideas from Across the Internet

Austin Robey on why Artist ownership is the way to fix Spotify’s broken streaming model

Chand John‘s TED Talk, What’s the fastest way to alphabetize your bookshelf?

Gallerie Magazine selects 5 Must-See Films Selected by the World’s Leading Video Artists.

Major Jackson‘s poem, On Disappearing

Posted in ACH Roundup

EC3 COVID-19 Bulletin #21: EC3 Research Report Details the Impacts of COVID-19 on the Arts and Culture Sector

September 3rd, 2020

Hello Everyone,

Anyone who has been following the arts this year understands that COVID-19 has had a devastating, and wide-reaching impact on our sector – this is not new information. However, what is new is the increasing number of research reports coming out that turn this understanding into hard data.

These reports allow us to better understand the qualitative consequences of the pandemic and to quantify the depth and breadth of its hard impacts, to assess what areas have the greatest needs, and, perhaps most of all, when speaking to decision-makers who might not understand the situation our sector faces, they allow us to back up our assertions with clear facts.

Over the past several months, the Electric City Culture Council (EC3) has been gathering and compiling results from these surveys and reports, and today we present the results of those efforts.

Our report, Impact of COVID-19 on the Arts and Culture Sector in Peterborough and Beyond: EC3 September 2020 Roundup, compiles extensive data on the impact the pandemic, pulled from multiple surveys from across Canada, and backed up by real-life examples from here in Peterborough. It also includes the results of the series of roundtable discussions EC3 held with local arts and culture leaders back in May, which provide a sense of how this global situation has hit locally, and the types of aid that Peterborough’s arts scene needs. In addition, an Appendix lists nearly 45 surveys and studies relevant to the arts and culture sector, that can be explored for further insights.

This new report details a wide range of the effects of the pandemic: from immediate ones like the cancellation of events and closure of facilities, to reductions in box office and donations, to job and income losses, to long-term impacts like audience attrition and the potential loss of cultural institutions. In addition, it offers an assessment of current support measures, and argues for the supports that are still lacking.

We encourage you to check it out HERE.

Special thanks to EC3 Program Coordinator and Research Lead Gabe Pollock for his exceptional work on this project.

Coming Soon: EC3’s COVID Impact Survey

While there is a growing body of research on the pandemic, we still largely lack hard data about the situation for the arts here in Peterborough. In the coming weeks, EC3 will work to correct this, with a survey about the impacts of COVID-19 on local arts and culture organizations.

Watch out for an email about this soon, and please take the time to fill out the survey when it arrives.


Please stay well and let us know how we can help.
TRACK THE IMPACT.

As always, keep checking the EC3 Facebook page, @ECThreePtbo on Twitter, @ec3ptbo on Instagram, and the COVID-19 Updates page on EC3’s website, where we are providing daily updates on programs and services available for ACH workers and organizations.

Be safe, stay healthy, and please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Su Ditta and the EC3 Board and staff

Contact
Su Ditta
Executive Director
Electric City Culture Council (EC3)
electriccitycc@gmail.com
www.ecthree.org
705 749 9101

Posted in Bulletin, COVID-19

EC3 COVID-19 Bulletin #20: EC3 Launches a New Peterborough Arts Alive Project, ESSENTIAL, Photographs by Julie Gagne

September 1st, 2020

Hello Everyone,

Today EC3 is launching ESSENTIAL, the latest project in our Peterborough Arts Alive suite of COVID-19 response and relief programs and services. ESSENTIAL features a series of 17 photos of Peterborough artists during the pandemic by photographer Julie Gagne, accompanied by stories of their lives during this unusual and precarious time.

This Bulletin includes a full description of the project, as well as two sample images at the bottom. You can explore the whole series HERE.

The ESSENTIAL Photography Project

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on both individual artists and arts organizations in Peterborough.  Performance venues and galleries have been closed, concerts cancelled, exhibitions postponed, entire seasons abandoned. Organizations and facilities are trying to grapple with the loss of revenue and an uncertain future. “Reopening” is not straightforward, to say the least.  Finding viable financial models, financing renovations and safety measures are just a few of the challenges.

Individual artists have lost their creative income and the opportunity to work together to create – something that is absolutely vital to them and to their audiences. Many have pivoted, and developed and presented some great virtual and digital projects.  But nothing replaces live performance in front of a live audience and the catalytic energy that comes from being together to rehearse, discuss, and plan projects, to gather at an opening or artist talk.  Isolated at home, cut off from their communities and the lifeblood that is their artistic practice, local still artists found ways to keep our cultural life alive. Silenced and almost invisible, they kept working.  But it hasn’t been easy.

Local photographer Julie Gagne began photographing a number of Peterborough residents in their homes during the earlier stage of the pandemic and posted the photos on Facebook.  The eloquent, haunting images of her Within portrait project included some artists, and those incredibly moving images caught the eye of the Electric City Culture Council’s Executive Director, Su Ditta.

Julie’s photos made us think. We have all benefitted from the work of artists during the pandemic: we’ve listened to music, read books, watched films, toured virtual exhibitions and dived into archives, tuned in to living room and checked out porch concerts. What has it been like for the artists?  Will people remember how essential the arts were to getting through the pandemic when it comes to recovery funding and budget planning?  Will arts organizations be supported in a robust recovery plan?

EC3 asked Peterborough theatre artist Sarah McNeilly to curate and coordinate, and approached Julie Gagne to do a distinct series of photos that spoke to the experience of local artists and what art means to our lives, in good times and in bad.  It’s ESSENTIAL.  The resulting 17 stunning, eloquent photo portraits of 20 artists and their artist statements will take your breath away. This arts awareness project is both a witness to the struggles of, and a testament to, the courage, resiliency, and contributions of this community during the COVID-19 lockdown.  Our heartfelt thanks go out to Julie, the participating artists and everyone in the arts community who have kept us going.

The ESSENTIAL project is available to view on the EC3 website at https://www.ecthree.org/program/essential-project/, and KawarthaNOW will be releasing the images on their website regularly over the next two months.

ESSENTIAL is the latest project in EC3’s Peterborough Arts Alive suite of COVID-19 response and recovery programs and services.  Other programs include the Peterborough Arts Alive Fund, a fundraising effort for strategic recovery grants for local arts organizations; Culturecast Reprise, a playlist of interviews with local artists pulled from EC3’s Trent Radio show and podcast The Electric City Culturecast; Conversations on Art in a Pandemic (Peterborough Arts Alive on SLACK), an online discussion space for and by artists; Digital Uplift, which provided consultations on digital skills development for almost 20 local artists and arts, culture, and heritage organizations; and a series of Micro Subsistence Grants for local professional artists.

The Electric City Culture Council (EC3) is a not-for-profit, arts, culture and heritage (ACH) organization providing advocacy, programs and services that support the ACH sector in Peterborough, Ontario and the surrounding region.

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Please stay well and let us know how we can help.
TRACK THE IMPACT.

As always, keep checking the EC3 Facebook page, @ECThreePtbo on Twitter, @ec3ptbo on Instagram, and the COVID-19 Updates page on EC3’s website, where we are providing daily updates on programs and services available for ACH workers and organizations.

Be safe, stay healthy, and please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Su Ditta and the EC3 Board and staff

Contact
Su Ditta
Executive Director
Electric City Culture Council (EC3)
electriccitycc@gmail.com
www.ecthree.org
705 749 9101

Posted in Bulletin, COVID-19, EC3 Announcement

MEDIA RELEASE: Where Have All the Artists Gone? EC3 Photography Project Captures Local Artists During COVID-19 Pandemic

August 31st, 2020

Media Release – August 31, 2020
For Immediate Release

Peterborough, ON – The Electric City Culture Council (EC3) launches its latest Peterborough Arts Alive initiative today, ESSENTIAL, a photography project by local artist Julie Gagne. This series of 17 photos, depicting 20 local artists at home during the pandemic, is an eloquent testimonial to the role of the arts in our lives and to the people who create our vibrant cultural life. This crisis has made us aware, as never before, that art is essential.

Each photo in ESSENTIAL features an artist in their home or workplace, captured on rooftops, isolated behind windows, on balconies, in doorways, all at a safe physical distance, and is accompanied by a statement from the artists about their experience of the pandemic.

ESSENTIAL calls attention to the precarious situation that artists and arts organizations face during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Ontario continues in Stage 3 of reopening, many options for live public performance and other indoor gatherings remain unavailable. Organizations and facilities are trying to grapple with the loss of revenue and an uncertain future. Individual artists have lost fees, sales, and jobs.

“Julie’s photos made us think. We have all benefited from the work of artists during the pandemic: we’ve listened to music, read books, watched films, toured virtual exhibitions, tuned in to living room concerts. What has it been like for the artists? Will people remember how essential the arts were to getting through the pandemic when it comes to recovery funding and budget planning? Will arts organizations be supported in a robust recovery plan?” —Su Ditta, Executive Director, EC3

ESSENTIAL was inspired by Julie Gagne’s Within series of photo portraits taken during the COVID-19 lockdown, similarly photographed from exteriors, including one of an artist. These striking images caught the eye of EC3’s Executive Director Su Ditta, and EC3 commissioned Gagne do a similar series focusing exclusively on local artists. Peterborough theatre artist Sarah McNeilly curated and coordinated the project. Rob Wilkes of Big Sky Design is responsible for the project’s layout and design.

“We are all pursuing art in the face of unprecedented challenges. As restrictions continue to lift, most of Peterborough is able to return to work. That is not the case for our local artists; they continue to experience limitations and face challenges. This series is a testament to their resilience.” —Julie Gagne, Photographer

The ESSENTIAL project is available to view on the EC3 web site at https://www.ecthree.org/program/essential-project/, and KawarthaNOW will be releasing the images on their website over the next two months. (Two promotional images are being made available for public release, and are included at the bottom of this release.)

ESSENTIAL is the latest project in EC3’s Peterborough Arts Alive suite of COVID-19 response and recovery programs and services. Other programs include the Peterborough Arts Alive Fund, a fundraising effort for strategic recovery grants for local arts organizations; Culturecast Reprise, a playlist of interviews with local artists pulled from EC3’s Trent Radio show and podcast The Electric City Culturecast; Conversations on Art in a Pandemic (Peterborough Arts Alive on SLACK), an online discussion space for and by artists; Digital Uplift, which provided consultations on digital skills development for almost 20 local artists and arts, culture, and heritage organizations; and a series of Micro Subsistence Grants for local professional artists.

The Electric City Culture Council (EC3) is a not-for-profit, arts, culture and heritage (ACH) organization providing advocacy, programs and services that support the ACH sector in Peterborough, Ontario and the surrounding region.

Promotional images

Joy Simmonds and Colin McAdam (press ready PDF)
Joy Simmonds and Colin McAdam (200ppi JPG)
Elizabeth Jenkins (press ready PDF)
Elizabeth Jenkins (200ppi JPG)

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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.

Posted in COVID-19, Media Release

Arts, Culture, and Heritage Roundup: August 8 to 28, 2020

August 31st, 2020

“Something Spatial 1” 2019) by Victoria Wallace. Part of the Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour this September.

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 three 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

On Peterborough Arts Alive on SLACK, we continued our series of Conversations on Art in a Pandemic with an interview with Curve Lake textile artist Alice Olsen Williams by artist, writer, and curator Caroline Langill.

EC3 sent out two Bulletins recently, full of useful information for artists and organizations: “Relief, Recovery, Reopening: New Funds and New Guidelines for Artists and ACH Organizations and Venues” and “Curtains Up! Reopening Guidance for the Performing Arts Sector.”

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.

Local Spotlight

A number of local galleries have new exhibitions starting soon: Artspace will be reopening their doors in with a new exhibition, Make/Shift by Alexis Bulman, opening September 11 (read their newsletter for more information).  The Art Gallery of Peterborough opened two new exhibitions on August 20: Offering, featuring works from the permanent collection; and an exhibition of selections from the upcoming Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour (see below).  And Atelier Ludmila opens James Matheson’s from inquisition to slapstick on September 4.

The Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour is back for its 36th year, albeit in a modified form to fit health and safety guidelines. The tour still provides the opportunity to visit the studios of dozens of artists across the Kawarthas.  Read more here.

4th Line Theatre is pivoting to altnerate performances that will be presented outdoors, with an open call for the Open Spaces Theatre Festival, coming at the end of September, and Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales in October.

Trent Radio is now accepting programme proposals for the upcoming fall season

Congratulations to Trent alum Smokii Sumac, who, along with Robyn Maynard and Arielle Twist, is one of three finalists for the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s $10,000 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ emerging writers.

News and Information

Artsboost is a new comprehensive online digital marketing and fundraising course designed for performing arts professionals – and it’s free for the first ‘pilot’ cohort. Find out more.

Job alert: CARFAC is hiring an Interim Artist Services Director.

On Septmeber 16, CARFAC will be hosting an Intro to Universal Basic Income webinar.

ILostMyGig, which has done an excellent job surveying the cancelations artists have experienced during the pandemic, has launched a new survey for organizations.

The Ontario Arts Council annouced a new $1.6 million fund, the Arts Response Initiative, offering grants to artists and organizations to support and adapt artistic practices in the face of the pandemic.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation also announced a new fund, the Resilient Communities Fund, to support not-for-profit organizations with pandemic response and relief efforts.

The UK-Canada Immersive Exchange is a new, £300,000 development and co-production fund for UK and Canadian immersive storytelling artists. Find out more.

Experience Art Online

The Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival is going digital this year. Tune in September 1 to 5.

The Virtual Online Museum of Art is an intriguing project: the “world’s first fully interactive virtual museum. Read more about it.

Posted in ACH Roundup

EC3 COVID-19 Bulletin #19: Curtains Up! Reopening Guidance for the Performing Arts Sector

August 24th, 2020

Hello Everyone,

Every arts organization around the world is currently navigating the new and uncertain world of how to operate safely during the pandemic, but different sectors experience their own unique challenges.

This Electric City Culture Council (EC3) Bulletin will focus specifically on the Performing Arts.  The challenges are great for music, theatre, and dance right now, being a sector that largely relies on mass gatherings.  Venues and presenters are trying to figure out how to keep artists, staff, and audiences safe, while still being able to present work live.

This Bulletin gathers reopening resources from across the internet, including government regulations, advice from industry associations and arts services organizations, and real-world examples of the performing arts organizations that are finding a way to open their doors. Click on the links below to explore the resources.  These resources are also available through EC3’s COVID-19 Updates page, and we will conitue to provide updates as they arrive.

In the coming weeks, EC3 will also be running a webinar with Peterborough Public Health on health and safety for live performance.  See the bottom of this Bulletin for details, and watch for a full announcement coming soon.

Please also see our previous Bulletin, “Door Open? Will They Come Back? When? How? Guides and Advice for Reopening Arts and Culture Organizations,” for more general advice and resources about reopening.

And if you have any other resources that you have found useful, please forward them to EC3 and we will share them around.

Public Health Guidelines and Reglations

The Government of Ontario has released extensive documents on preventing COVID-19 in the workplace.  You can also dive into the actual Ontario legislation with Rules for Areas in Stage 3, the official law relating to Stage 3 reopening.  Section 11 ‘Performing arts’ is particularly relevant.

Locally, Peterborough Public Health has put together an excellent page, Reopening Safely: Guidance for Workplaces & Retail.  This collects lots of resources, including general advice and sector-specific resources, including, notably, a section on Live Shows, Performing Arts and Movie Theatres.

The Government of Canada offers advice on Risk mitigation tool for gatherings and events operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also see the World Health Organization’s advice for large event organizers, which many national service organizations that we checked in with have been sharing around.

Reopening Guides

The Event Safety Alliance has published an extensive Reopening Guide covering everything event and venue professionals need to consider.

The Performing Arts Center Consortium has published an extensive Guide to Reopening Theatrical Venues (PDF).

The Public Services Health & Safety Association has published lots of sector-specific guidance for COVID-19 health and safety, including Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 For Entertainment, Museum and Gallery Employers.

Ontario workplace safety not-for-proft Workplace Safety & Prevention Services also has a number of guidance documents, including Guidance on Health and Safety for Television Film and Live Performance Sector During COVID-19 (PDF) and Outdoor Recreation and Drive-in/Drive-Thru Entertainment Settings During COVID-19 (PDF).

Resource Lists

BC arts and entertainment health and safety association ActSafe Safety Alliance has put together an excellent list of COVID-19 Resources for the Arts and Entertainment.

The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) has a long list of Online Industry Resources, such as the research paper The Long Runway to Return: The Role of Anchor Cultural Institutions.

During the pandemic, CAPACOA and Ontario Presents have joined forces to create a shared document, Coronavirus Response for the Live Performance Sector, including a wide variety of resources for people and organizations in the performing arts.  The document is still being updated on a very regular basis.

Articles and Ideas

The Canadian Association for the Performing Arts (CAPACOA) held a webinar (now available as a recording) titled A Clean Slate for Reopening about public safety and reopening.

Chorus Connections discusses What Community Chorus Leaders Should be Doing Right Now, which also includes a link to download their document, A Season Planning Guide Amidst COVID-19.  Lots of useful advice for anyone planning their upcoming performance season.

Performing arts consultants Charcoal Blue have an excellent article, Performance Buildings in a Post-Pandemic World.  It was published early in the pandemic, but looks at real-world data from past pandemics and offers excellent advice about how to make performance venues work post-COVID.

Real-World Examples

We are starting to see a few examples across the country of performing arts attempting to put frameworks in place and reopen their doors.  The Orillia Opera House held its first show on August 19 – read their Health and Safety Protocols (PDF).  The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharine’s is also holding outdoor events now – read their Public Safety Gudelines document.

Ontario Presents has a growing collection of Reopening Plans from various Ontario performing arts venues.

Take a look at the Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Pandemic Plan, which the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) has made available online for free.

Announcing: EC3-Peterborough Public Health Webinar on Health and Safety for the Live Performance Sector

EC3 is working with Peterborough Public Health’s Public Health Promoter Keith Beecoft to host a webinar for artists and arts organizations on health and safety for live performance venues and facilities.

To get the ball rolling, Keith recommends taking a look at the Government of Ontario’s Rules for Areas in Stage 3, the official law relating to Stage 3 reopening; and in particular Section 11, ‘Performing arts.’

This webinar will take place in the next few weeks – watch EC3’s social media and future Bulletins for a full announcement.


Please stay well and let us know how we can help.
TRACK THE IMPACT.

As always, keep checking the EC3 Facebook page, @ECThreePtbo on Twitter, @ec3ptbo on Instagram, and the COVID-19 Updates page on EC3’s website, where we are providing daily updates on programs and services available for ACH workers and organizations.

Be safe, stay healthy, and please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Su Ditta and the EC3 Board and staff

Contact
Su Ditta
Executive Director
Electric City Culture Council (EC3)
electriccitycc@gmail.com
www.ecthree.org
705 749 9101

Posted in Bulletin, COVID-19

EC3 COVID-19 Bulletin #18: Relief, Recovery, Reopening: New Funds and New Guidelines for Artists and ACH Organizations and Venue

August 17th, 2020

Hello Everyone,

This Bulletin brings some welcome news on long-anticipated and much-needed COVID-19 response and recovery funding for the arts, culture, and heritage (ACH) sector from the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Ontario Presents.  Our thanks goes out to these organizations.  In addition, Peterborough Public Health has released some excellent online guidelines for safe reopening and we will be announcing details on information and training sessions shortly.

As the summer continues, many businesses and organizations are continuing to reopen their doors and resume their operations, programs, and services with COVID-19 safety measures in place, but many artists and arts, culture, and heritage (ACH) organizations are still a long way away from being able to resume “normal” activities. Health restrictions can make it all but impossible to find box office and other financial models that will work. Organizations are working hard to stabilize and survive, looking for innovative ways to adapt to this new situation and provide alternative forms of programming.

Over the past few weeks there has been a new crop of funding opportunities for individual artists and for ACH organizations and venues, including special relief and recovery grants from the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Ontario Presents. This bulletin serves as a roundup of these new funds.

In addition, the Electric City Culture Council (EC3) also wanted to share a new document from Peterborough Public Health, offering sector-specific guidance for those organizations who are getting ready to reopen (or have already done so). There are a number of generally useful ideas in there, as well as guidelines specifically for ACH organizations.

Ontario Arts Council: Arts Response Initiative

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has announced $1.6 million in new grant funding to “support activities and expenses focused on research, training and planning for ways to adapt artistic practices and activities in response to the COVID-19 context. OAC’s project programs continue to support arts creation, production, presentation or dissemination and arts engagement activities, many with expanded eligibility related to COVID-19.”

Who is eligible? There are three separate streams of funding: individuals; ad hoc groups, collectives, and organizations; and organizational partnerships between multiple organizations. Individuals and groups who do not currently receive OAC funding are still eligible for these funds, as long as they would be eligible for at least one other OAC project program. See more on eligibility.

How much? $4,000 for individuals; $15,000 for organizations; and $30,000 for partnerships.

Deadline? October 20, 2020 for individual grants; November 3, 2020 for organizations and partnership grants.

Find out more here.

Ontario Trillium Foundation: Resilient Communities Fund

The Ontario Trillium Fund (OTF) “is investing in projects of eligible non-profit organizations to aid their medium to longer-term recovery efforts, help with their stabilization and build their capacity and resiliency in the aftermath of COVID-19. This fund is providing a flexible range of activities over two deadlines to address the diverse needs of organizations and to support them where they are at in their recovery and rebuilding.”

Who is eligible? Not-for-profit and charitable organizations working primarily in Ontario. See the full eligibility guidelines.

How much? From $5,000 to $150,000.

Deadline? OTF is rolling this program out with two deadlines: September 2, 2020 and December 2, 2020.

Find out more here.

Ontario Presents: Engagement Microgrants for Community Presenters

Ontario Presents is offering “small grants to presenters who wish to partner with a local artist to craft a project that will engage the community with the performing arts.”

Who is eligible? “Any not-for-profit, small-hall, community presenters (volunteer or professional) in Ontario. Applicants do not need to be members of Ontario Presents, nor must they be venue-based. Please note that this program is intended for rural/remote communities – presenters must be not be located in the GTA or other urban centre.”

How much? $5,000.

Deadline? August 21, 2020.

Find out more here.

New Reopening Guidelines from Peterborough Public Health

Peterborough Public Health has recently issued a comprehensive document with guidelines and many links to resources for safe reopening of workplaces and retail.

These include general guidelines that any organization should take a look at, as well as many sector-specific resources. Particularly relevant to the ACH sector are the sections on Interactive Exhibits at Museums, Attractions and Heritage Institutions; Libraries; and Live Shows, Performing Arts and Movie Theatres; among others. This document is well worth a look.


Please stay well and let us know how we can help.
TRACK THE IMPACT.

As always, keep checking the EC3 Facebook page, @ECThreePtbo on Twitter, @ec3ptbo on Instagram, and the COVID-19 Updates page on EC3’s website, where we are providing daily updates on programs and services available for ACH workers and organizations.

Be safe, stay healthy, and please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Su Ditta and the EC3 Board and staff

Contact
Su Ditta
Executive Director
Electric City Culture Council (EC3)
electriccitycc@gmail.com
www.ecthree.org
705 749 9101

Posted in Bulletin, COVID-19

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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EC3 COVID-19 Bulletin #17: Loud and Clear from the EC3 Archives – The Electric City Culturecast Reprise

August 5th, 2020

A Message from EC3

Hello everyone,

As Ontario continues to adapt to Stage 3, and we hear more and more stories about businesses and organizations re-opening their doors, one sector remains notably quiet: arts, culture, and heritage (ACH). The large majority of local ACH organizations remain closed or are operating at drastically reduced capacity, and a number of local performing groups and venues have announced that they will remain shuttered until at least the end of the year. Everyone is hard at work devising plans to open again as soon and as safely as they can.

The Electric City Culture Council (EC3) would like to remind everyone that Peterborough is a community rich with talented and insightful artists making exceptional work, with The Electric City Culturecast Reprise, the latest initiative in our Peterborough Arts Alive suite of COVID-19 response and recovery programs.

The Electric City Culturecast Reprise (listen here) is a playlist of clips curated by our Program Coorinator Gabe Pollock from over a dozen interviews with local artists and ACH workers, originally broadcast on EC3’s Trent Radio show and podcast, The Electric City Culturecast.  On this show, EC3 Executive Director Su Ditta sits down with local artists and ACH workers to talk about their lives, their work, and their ideas about what they do and why.

The Culturecast is currently on hiatus, but The Electric City Culturecast Reprise is a way to open up the archives, and remind people of some of the extraordinary artists and ACH workers in our city.

Have a listen, seek out more of these creators’ works, and keep the arts alive in your mind during these challenging times.

You can listen to the full episodes of The Electric City Culturecast on the Culturecast’s website, or by subscribing to the RSS feed.

EC3 would also like to thank Trent Radio, Peterborough Independent Podcasters, Eva Fisher, and Lester Alfonso for their hard work on the Culturecast!


Please stay well and let us know how we can help.
TRACK THE IMPACT.

As always, keep checking the EC3 Facebook page, @ECThreePtbo on Twitter, @ec3ptbo on Instagram, and the COVID-19 Updates page on EC3’s website, where we are providing daily updates on programs and services available for ACH workers and organizations.

It’s a tough time for sure. Everyone is feeling the pressure. Hope these tools help along the way. Be safe, stay healthy, and please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Su Ditta and the EC3 Board and staff

Contact
Su Ditta
Executive Director
Electric City Culture Council (EC3)
electriccitycc@gmail.com
www.ecthree.org
705 749 9101

Posted in Bulletin, COVID-19, EC3 Announcement

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