The Arts, Culture and Heritage Division includes a broad range of services including heritage preservation, public art, the Peterborough Museum and Archives, the Art Gallery of Peterborough, and the Peterborough Public Library.

Highlights and statistics

In 2020, the Arts Culture and Heritage Administration includes a proposed refresh for the Public Art Policy and Process; education and awareness of the City's Public Art program; strategic goals and direction for Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee; and launch of Poet Laureate Program in partnership with EC3.

Proposed Arts, Culture and Heritage 2020 budget

 Peterborough Museum and Archives

Museum 2018 key performance indicators

Visitor experience

  • 1,090 children enriched their education through 46 curriculum-linked programs; 678 children were subsidized
  • 6,418 patrons engaged in 69 events; 17 events were free, family drop-ins
  • 14,049 visitors experienced the exhibition galleries during 2,594 open hours
  • 6,407 patrons chose the Museum facilities for 178 gatherings

Preservation of collections

  • 36,426 collection database records were created, updated or enriched
  • 299 artifacts cleaned and housed for storage
  • 80 artifacts and 305 linear feet of archival material were accepted into the permanent collections

Access to collections 

  • 682 external researchers received one-on-one assistance
  • 353 artifacts were interpreted through 60 displays

Fleming College partnership

  • 85 heritage professionals-in-training were mentored while working with 293 artifacts

Community relations

  • 2,525 patrons enjoyed 22 theatre performances
  • 6,306 patrons viewed 30 international film screenings
  • 137 volunteers gave 6,364.5 hours of unpaid service
 Art Gallery of Peterborough
  • The Ontario Arts Council  grant jury elevated the Art Gallery's status to B+ and provided the Gallery with a 6% increase in its operating grant for the next three-year term
  • Update of Art Gallery feasibility study is ready to present to Council in 2020
Art Gallery statistics
 Activities and participation2018 2019 (forecast) 
 General Art Gallery Attendance 17,149  17,000
 Touring Exhibit Attendance 16,687 9,000
 Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour KAST 5,125  5,000
 Adult Workshops and Activities 5,334 5,000
 Child and Youth Education 3,406  3,250
 Family Day 916  1,000 
 AGP Touring Exhibits Booked  2
 Number of On-Site Exhibitions 15  15 
 Number of Artists Exhibited 106  100 
 Number of Publications 
 Volunteers 81  80 
 Volunteer Hours 2,705  2,750 


Fundraising and subsidies
 Revenue source/activity2018 2019 (forecast) 
 Events, Donations, Sponsorships, Interest $70,816 $86,750
 Education Programs and KAST $37,886 $46,000 
 Memberships $4,381 $6,000
 Gallery Shop and Publications $45,056  $69,500 
 Federal and Provincial Operating Grants $139,445  $139,042 
 Federal and Provincial Project Grants $17,304  $8,623 
 Touring Exhibitions $16,080 $16,000 
 Total Earned and External Funding $330,948 $371,915



The Library's 2020 budget includes minimal adjustments for operating costs. 

A "Below the Line" service enhancement, endorsed by the Library Board, has been submitted to add an additional 2 FTE to the staffing complement - 1.5 FTE is to increase the part time clerk position to staff the additional service point added as part of the 2018 renovation, and 0.5FTE for the part time library technicians is to ensure that programming staff have an appropriate time away from the service desks to continue provide programs to the community.

Library usage
 Category2018 2019 (forecast) 
 Hours 3,415  3,415 
 Number of in-person visits 374,750  375,000 
 Circulation (print only) 478,078  470,000 
 Physical items in collection 130,000  130,000 
 Collection value $2.5 million  $2.5 million 
 Members 16,847  17,000 
 Reference inquiries 21,350  21,000 
 Programs offered 236 225
 Program attendance 9,867 9,000
 Individual electronic periodicals titles 2,996 2,500
 Electronic subscriptions use - views/downloads/streaming 182,300 180,000
 Social media visits individual sessions 38,103 40,000
 Public internet individual sessions 56,450 57,000
 Wi-Fi connections individual sessions 19,350 20,000


 Heritage preservation
  • Heritage Conservation District implementation (2019)
  • War memorial restoration plan (2019)
  • 10 new heritage designations (2019 forecast)
  • 1 new property as part of the Heritage Property Tax Relief Program (2019 forecast)
  • 21 Heritage Property Tax Relief Program renewals (2019 forecast)
  • 87 Heritage Property Tax Relief Program property inspections (2019 forecast)
  • Doors Open attendance, 2,400
  • The Heritage Preservation Office budget includes a 12% increase in the Heritage Property Tax Relief Program and a small allocation of funds for matching student works summer grants. A small increase in the PACAC budget is proposed to support an expansion of the successful Doors Open program but this is offset by an increase in fundraising and sponsorship revenue.