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The Culture Council

On April 23, 2012 City Council adopted a Municipal Cultural Plan for the City of Peterborough. One of its signature objectives is the creation of a community based Culture Council that would support the efforts of cultural producers and highlight the value of creativity in building community prosperity.
 

Following a public visioning forum, an Interim Steering Committee was formed to begin the process of framing the mission, mandate and composition of the new organization. The Electric City Culture Council (EC3) was established in September, 2012, and incorporated as a not-for-profit in November, 2012. This arts, culture and heritage council was created to develop and support the creative ecology of the city by providing leadership, advocacy, professional development, information, resources, networking and collaborative partnerships that build and strengthen the capacity and infrastructure of the arts and culture community.

Mission:

The Electric City Culture Council (EC3) is a not-for-profit arts and culture organization whose work is to recognize, advocate, support, and develop a strong and sustainable cultural ecology for Peterborough.

To this end, the Council works to:
• Facilitate the professional development of artists and cultural workers.
• Advocate for the value of an independent and vibrant arts and culture scene.
• Build capacity at an arm’s length from the city in order to further the Peterborough Cultural Plan for the benefit of its citizens and economy.
• Promote citizen participation in the arts and cultural life of the city.

Mandate:

The mandate of EC3 is stewardship of arts and culture in our community. The Electric City Arts Council supports and values diversity through coalition building.

EC3 regularly holds cultural mixers, workshops, and monthly coffee klatches to bring members of the Arts, Culture and Heritage together to:
• Provide opportunities for communication and collaboration among and between their members;
• Build capacity within the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector
• Provide professional development opportunities
• Provide increased opportunities for local artists and arts administrators to earn income for their practice
• Improve the overall health of the ACH sector

For more information on the Council please visit EC3’s website at: http://www.ecthree.org/