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 2022, 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; Launch of Poet Laureate Program in partnership with Electric City Culture Council (EC3) which was delayed in 2020; Review of the Municipal Cultural Plan (MCP) objectives and a review of next steps including funding levels for EC3. The public art programs is requesting $100,000 for projects in 2022. The Heritage Hunt and Doors Open programs were offered virtually in 2020 and 2021.

 Peterborough Museum and Archives

Museum key performance indicators

Museum 2020 Key Performance Indicators reflect its Five-Year Plan Accommodation Objectives (2018-2023), as approved by the Museum & Archives Advisory Committee (Report MAAC18-008). For comparative purposes, the Performance Data for 2019 is included in parentheses.

Visitor experience

  • 76 (1,090) children enriched their education through 5 (46) curriculum-linked programs 
  • 1,127 (6,418) patrons engaged in 51 (69) events; 16 (17) events were free, family drop-ins
  • 2,832 (14,049) visitors experienced the exhibition galleries during 1,669 (2,594) open hours
  • 2,040 (6,407) patrons chose the Museum facilities for 77 (178) gatherings

Preservation of collections

  • 20,864 (36,426) collection database records were created, updated or enriched
  • 1,329 (299) artifacts cleaned and housed for storage
  • 100 (80) artifacts and 25 (305) linear feet of archival material were accepted into the permanent collections

Access to collections 

  • 203 (682) external researchers received one-on-one on-site assistance
  • 312 (353) artifacts were interpreted through 22 (60) displays

Fleming College partnership

  • 68 (85) heritage professionals-in-training were mentored while working with 1,031 (293) artifacts

Community relations

  • 50 (2,525) patrons enjoyed 1 (22) theatre performances
  • 1,596 (6,306) patrons viewed 10 (30) international film screenings
  • 88 (137) volunteers gave 2,332.5 (6,364.5) hours of unpaid service
 Art Gallery of Peterborough

The Art Gallery of Peterborough is dedicated to contemporary Canadian visual art with a focus on artists practicing within our region. Exhibitions are enhanced with talks, tours, publications, and education programs.

Through pandemic closures, the AGP continued to receive core operating funds from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council (OAC). Revenue generating opportunities, which include memberships, donations, sponsorships, fundraising, Gallery Shop sales, education programs, and touring exhibitions, were limited this year. The AGP received provincial funding through the OAC’s Arts Recovery Fund to offset this.

Art Gallery statistics
 Activities and participation2019 20202021  (forecast) 
In-person attendance 15,143 3,187 5,000
Web hits 79,382 82,121 83,000
Online participation: adult programs n/a 14,854 15,000
Online participation: all-ages programs n/a 9,238 10,000
Number of local artists exhibited 55 70 70
Number of non-local artists exhibited  47 65 60
 Volunteers 89 40 45
 Volunteer Hours 2,721 1,067 1,200
Fundraising and subsidies
 Revenue source/activity201920202021  (forecast) 
Donations, Sponsorships, Interest $62,082 $55,749 $71,600
Earned revenue $110,132 $26,205 $46,500
Arts Recovery Fund (provincial grant, COVID-19) n/a n/a $42,793
Federal and Provincial Operating Grants $137,504 $142,504 $142,504
Federal and Provincial Project Grants $16,924 $28,925 $40,639
Total Earned and External Funding $326,642 $253,383 $344,036

 

 Library

The Peterborough Public Library is an agent for positive community transformation through interaction, discovery, and learning.

The Library's 2022 budget sees a return to pre-pandemic budget amounts with minimal adjustments for operating costs. 

2020 and 2021 saw a notable increase in Library memberships as well as electronic collection use. 

A Library Service Review project was started in early 2020 with the goal of engaging the community in a conversation about our core services in an effort to understand our community and member needs, and to be able to effectively serve them better.

Outcomes of the service review were analyzed and evaluated in 2021 for a 2022 implementation. 

Using Library Reserve funds and Development Charges, a service enhancement in the form of a self-serve Book Kiosk at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre was installed in 2020. This alternative service model pilot project was put on hold due to the pandemic, with service introduction now planned for 2022.

Library usage
 Category2019 2020 2021 (forecast) 
Hours 3,415  1,308 1,308
Number of in-person visits 332,176 93,184 55,000
Circulation (print only) 463,278 218,456 200,000
Physical items in collection 190,363 185,000 185,000
Collection value $2.5 million  $2.5 million  $2.5 million
Members 13,375 22,734 22,000
Question/tech inquiries 30,524 16,536 17,000
Programs offered 341 295 150
Program attendance 8,559 7,609 3,000
Visiting Library deliveries 6,42 306 350
Electronic Collection use 190,840 200,366 200,000
eLearning courses completed 924 1,797 2,000
Public computer sessions 51,100 12,217 15,000
Wi-Fi connections individual sessions 38,636 5,694 5,000

 

 Heritage Preservation Office
  • 11 Heritage Property Tax Relief Program renewals (2021 forecast)
  • 86 Heritage Property Tax Relief Program property inspections (2021 forecast)
  • The Heritage Property Tax Relief Program: This program has been demonstrated to generate revenues through increased assessment in excess of the tax incentive provided, but new acceptance of properties into the program has been suspended pending a funding increase.

2022 Budget overview

Arts, Culture and Heritage Administration
Description2022 recommended
Expenditures $267,928
Net requirement $267,928
Heritage Preservation Office
Description2022 recommended
Expenditures $551,870
Revenues $12,800
Net requirement $539,070
Museum
Description2022 recommended
Expenditures $961,830
Revenues $265,253
Net requirement $696,577
Art Gallery
Description2022 recommended
Expenditures $940,592
Revenues $372,215
Net requirement $568,376
Library
Description2022 recommended
Expenditures $3,401,017
Revenues $243,356
Net requirement $3,157,661