In September 2010, the City of Peterborough began work on a Municipal Cultural Plan. As part of this process, the City held forums and consultations with 500 stakeholders from across the cultural community. Although Peterborough has a rich and robust compliment of individual artists and arts, culture and heritage organizations and professionals, it was clear that the community faced a number of challenges. Participants in the consultations flagged isolation, lack of training and professional development, and a lack of connection with business, educational, civic and social service sectors as critical issues to be addressed. It was clear that the community would benefit from a clear voice and stronger profile and that it needed a unifying and coordinating body to reach its full potential.
A signature strategy recommended in the Municipal Cultural Plan was the creation of an arts, culture and heritage council to coordinate resources, raise the profile of and build capacity in the sector. The City of Peterborough approved the Plan in April 2012 and acted on this recommendation by organizing an initial community meeting, providing funding for incorporation and allocating operating funds to support the start-up phase of the Council. In May of 2012, volunteers from the arts, culture and heritage sector met and formed the Interim Steering Committee for the Council. Through this initiative, the Electric City Culture Council (EC3) was created and incorporated in November 2012
WHERE WE ARE NOW
EC3 receives funding from a wide variety of sources, and has built strong and lasting partnerships with numerous organizations both inside and outside the arts, culture and heritage sector. The organization benefits from a diverse and committed Board of Directors and professional staff.
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