Electric City Culture Council (EC3)
MEDIA RELEASE - May 21, 2015
For Immediate Release
MPP LEAL CELEBRATES $156,000 ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION GRANT
Peterborough, ON – On Thursday, local MPP Jeff Leal and Dr. Ramesh Makhija, an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer, met with members of the Electric City Culture Council (EC3) to formally congratulate them on receiving a $156,000 OTF grant to undertake a three-year development project to build and strengthen its organizational capacity. Mayor Daryl Bennett and Deputy Peterborough County Warden, Joe Taylor, also joined the celebration. This is exciting news for EC3, a new cultural service organization focused on supporting and advancing the local arts, culture and heritage sector.
"I am pleased that our government, through the Ontario Trillium Foundation is partnering with the Electric City Culture Council to support the ongoing development of the arts, culture and heritage sectors in the Peterborough and surrounding areas. This funding will help provide the new organization with the tools it needs to raise the profile of these three important sectors in our community " Jeff Leal, MPP
Funds from the three-year OTF grant will help with EC3’s staff and program costs. With funding in place, it will help build EC3’s capacity and infrastructure, enabling it to present events in Peterborough and surrounding areas like Artsweek (September 18th – 27th), the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts, the Arts Awards program and professional development workshops such as “The Arts and Accessibility Cultural Incubator” in June. For more information on upcoming events, please go to: www.ecthree.org
“We are very pleased and grateful to have received support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to assist with the development phase of our organization. This grant will help the Electric City Culture Council (EC3) hire an Executive Director, establish our operating infrastructure and build programming and services that will support and sustain the vitality of our cultural community for years to come. We have received so much enthusiastic support for the idea of starting a Culture Council in our region and this grant will help our Board of Directors make it a reality.” said EC3 Board Chair, Bill Kimball.
The Electric City Culture Council’s mission is to develop and strengthen the creative ecology of the region by connecting creative individuals and organizations and by providing the leadership, advocacy, professional development, knowledge resources, networking, programming and collaborative partnerships, that will build and support the capacity and infrastructure of the local arts, culture and heritage community.
EC3 acts as an antenna and sounding board for the arts, culture and heritage community. It develops and delivers services to help members, and the broader creative community, meet challenges, discover new opportunities, implement useful and innovative strategies and provides meaningful support to better serve artists, heritage professionals, cultural managers and audiences.
The leading grant maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF helps build healthy and vibrant communities. For more information, please visit: www.otf.ca
For more information please contact:
Bill Kimball: EC3 Board Chair, 705 745 1788 / Su Ditta: EC3 Management Development Coordinator, 705 749 9101
Artsweek 2015 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Artsweek 2015 (SEPTEMBER 18 – 27)
Deadline: June 5, midnight.
Download Full Application Form with Guidelines: Word Document or PDF
May 12 – Call for Proposals Begins
June 5 – Call for Proposals Ends (midnight)
June 14 – 20 – Selection Committee Reviews Proposals
June 26 – Results Announced
Mid-July – Jackson Creek Projects Notified (if funding from OAC is received)
September 18 to 27 – Artsweek
October 31 – Final Reports Due
Structure (Artsweek 2015 Programs)
Artsweek 2015 will celebrate the depth and breadth of the City of Peterborough’s artists and arts organizations in two ways:
1. By providing funding to support the creation of new work for the festival to be presented between September 18th – 27th 2015
2. By incorporating already planned arts and culture events happening during the week, into the Arts Listings section of Artsweek’s promotional material.
Those wishing to apply for funding to create new work as an Artsweek project, can submit their original ideas in any artistic discipline to the open call for New Ideas, or to of one of three specific programs: Blink, City Roots, or AlleyWaltz (details on each program and its associated artists’ fees below):
An open call for innovative projects from any artistic discipline for any location within the city. Including but not limited to performance (dance, theatre, multi-disciplinary), visual art (installations, interventions, exhibitions), media art, writing/spoken word, and music. Projects may be proposed by individual artists or arts organizations. The maximum amount available in this category is $2000. Budgets should detail the scale and scope of the vision.
This popular program from past years is back, inviting artists to respond to the windows of public spaces (street level or upper story) that don’t usually display art. Blink will bring transformative artistic interventions of all kinds (installations, projections, imagery, video, sound, performance), into businesses in the downtown core and East City. Artists do not have to identify a business, but are welcome to propose an idea for a specific business they already have a relationship with, or for windows that inspire them, or for projects that can go anywhere, in any window. Host businesses will be sponsors of the project through a cash contribution to Artsweek. Locations will be determined in consultation with the artists, the business partners, and Artsweek’s Blink coordinator, resulting in clusters of walkable exhibitions around the city inviting people to stop and stare. The fee available in this category will be $300-$500.
City Roots is a new endeavor for Artsweek and aims to bring artists, community groups, neighborhood organizations and citizens together on creative initiatives all around the City of Peterborough to design and produce original projects.
Professional artists, arts organizations, and/or community organizations can propose City Roots projects. Projects must be led by a professional artist and will engage with residents of specific wards or neighbourhoods in co-creative activities. City Roots projects should explore topics relevant to the chosen community (issues, histories, cultures, environments, etc), and outcomes could include: stories told, recorded, or presented; sites animated through visual art (photos, quilts, installations) or performance; places mapped; videos and/or sculptures made; temporary artworks of sight/song/dance created… anything that brings artists together with community members to co-create, could be a City Roots project. The funding available in this category will range from $500 to $2000. Budgets should detail the scale and scope of the project.
* Please note: If you plan to work with a community group or deliver programming to vulnerable members of society, you must obtain vulnerable sector screening for those involved.
Artsweek 2015 will present AlleyWaltz, a site-specific performance-based event situated in alleyways and other unusual spaces in downtown Peterborough. Audiences are led on a walking tour to experience each work. This year we are looking for 6 short performances, 8-10 minutes in length, which will repeat three times each evening for three nights in a row.
Teams or individuals are invited to submit performance ideas (dance, theatre, music, circus arts, puppetry, etc.) that would suit environments ranging from alleyways, parking lots, fire-escapes, to grassy knolls, which can be realized with low tech equipment such as live sound, portable lighting/available streetlamps and props/sets which can be struck after the final performances every evening. The funding available per piece will be $500 - $700, depending on the number of performers.
To give the public a sense of the astonishing range of the City’s artistic offerings we welcome listings of events by individual artists or organizations already programmed between Sept. 18th and 27th. Artsweek will include your listings in our promotional material at no charge.
Download Full Application Form with Guidelines: Word Document or PDF
Email submissions to: Artsweek@ecthree.org
Mail submissions (allowing 5 days for delivery) to:
Artsweek Submissions c/o EC3
PO BOX 2334
For further Information contact:
Elizabeth Fennell, Artsweek Program Coordinator | Artsweek@ecthree.org | 705-868-1162