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Local artists receive funding through new grant program for individual artists — PtboCanada




Local artists receive funding through new grant program for individual artists — PtboCanada

























20 local artists have received a total of $47,720 through the City of Peterborough Individual Artist Grant Program and the Electric City Cultural Council.

The program’s open call reportedly received 40 applications. A peer assessment jury awarded grants to 20 artists, including 11 artists from the first phase (totaling $16,500) and nine artists from the second phase (totaling $31,220). This program is funded by both EC3 and the City of Peterborough and is designed and administered by EC3.

The Grants to Individual Artists program is divided into two streams. The first stream consists of mini development grants of up to $1,500 for research, development, workshop, etc. of individual professional artists on new original works, as well as for professional development and mentorship opportunities.

The second stream is production and project presentation grants of up to $3,500 for the production and presentation of specific projects, and supports costs such as artist fees, production materials, venue rentals , technical equipment, costumes, publication, etc. for individual professional artists. Artists working in all disciplines and mediums were eligible to apply.

“We are grateful to the City of Peterborough for their innovative support of this program. These investments in the work of our very talented and hardworking artists mean that more artists can realize their visions, contribute to our cultural and social well-being and make Peterborough a more vibrant and dazzling city for all of us,” said Su. Ditta, General Manager. at EC3.

Grants for Individual Artists 2022 Fellows:

Component One: Development Mini-Grants for Individual Professional Artists

  • Kim Blackwell – The Auction

    Development of a new theatrical work exploring storage, the difficult relationship between a father and his daughter against the backdrop of 1970s nuclear proliferation, the Cold War and the soundtrack of “Jesus Christ Superstar”.

  • Kathryn Durst – First Lady of the Accordion: Mine White Research Project

    Biographical and visual research on Canadian folk music icon Minnie White of Newfoundland, with the aim of illustrating a new book based on her life.

  • Lesley Givens – Moving: beyond comfort zones

    A seasoned arts educator brings her personal practice to life, drawing on her work as a visual artist with dance and movement to create a new performance. “To occupy space with my 50-year-old body is an authentic and powerful expression of freedom.

  • Sarah Elise Hall – Stacks

    An accomplished sculptor and installation artist explores the state of our environment, pollution, climate change and our global future, using recycled and discarded plastic containers to create large sculptural pieces that reflect natural minerals and erosion.

  • Jon Hedderwick – One City Community University: storytelling and speaking as advocacy

    Outreach to homeless, insecurely housed and economically marginalized members of our community to engage in writing, storytelling and recording.

  • Julia Huỳnh – nhạc xuân, ở đây và ở đó (Spring music, here and there)

    Exploring Vietnamese migration and cultural preservation through reimagined archives, photographs, sounds and plants, leading to the creation of sound and video works.

  • Nicole Malbeuf – Aerial Arts: Hair Suspension Practice

    Circus performer explores ‘hair suspension’ techniques, acts flying high in the air suspended solely by the performer’s long hair, through professional instruction, culminating in a workshop performance of a new piece performance.

  • Justin Million – Carry It All (Poetic Manuscript)

    After years of performing and publishing collections with the Show and Tell Poetry series, the artist will research and write her first poetry collection of unpublished works.

  • Ireni Stamou – Media, Medusa, Cassandra Unearthed

    Experimenting with the texts and designing the theater for a new choreographic creation inspired by the female archetypes of the theater and the mythology of ancient Greece.

  • Kate Suhr – Grace

    Development of a new autobiographical show that uses music and storytelling to portray the effects of addiction on children at home.

  • Ziysah von Bieberstein – Manuscript Mentoring

    Engage in professional editing, revision and consultation for the artist’s next manuscript and publication process, while simultaneously mentoring an emerging poet to develop their first self-published collection.

Stream 2: Production and Dissemination Grants for Beginning Professional Artists

  • Brad Brackenridge – The Lear Project

    Dance, puppetry and song come together for a theatrical production based on the life and work of Victorian absurdist poet Edward Lear (for presentation at Market Hall).

  • Jennifer Elchuk – Bad weather and waiting

    The evolution of their work with the flying ‘aerial canoe’, including the expansion of technical and narrative techniques, culminates in a circus arts performance at the opening of the Canadian Canoe Museum.

  • Karol Orzechowski – Enantiodrome

    Local musician Garbageface (Karol Orzechowski) is releasing a new album, exploring the polarized nature of our society, with a one-of-a-kind live performance at Theater On King in the fall of 2023, which will be documented for later digital release.

  • Kaz Rahman – Experimental Documentary Film: Digital Dervish (working title)

    An experimental documentary featurette that mixes performance footage from the internationally touring dance show Digital Dervish, with interviews, truth-style footage and animation shots.

  • Elisha Rubacha – Buckle

    Workshop process and performance underway at Theater on King for a play about ambiguous family history, intergenerational trauma, mental illness and fascism.

  • Matt Snell – Fortune Cookie

    In this unique and comedic short film, a man trying to live without a smartphone finds himself increasingly addicted to fortune cookies. A new work from this award-winning director.

  • Kate Story – Anxiety

    A person-crafted theatre/dance performance by this GG-nominated artist exploring the Old English epic poem “Beowulf”, the current rise of white supremacy, language, the artist’s childhood and the work of his father as a Newfoundland lexicographer.

  • Lynda Todd – Tap: Please Touch (Touch Art Project)

    Create accessible tactile art designed for diverse audiences, including blind and visually impaired audience members, with live exhibition at the Mount Community Centre, online and on social media.

  • Gillian Turnham – Intertwined

    The visual artist shares her explorations of traditional Islamic geometric art with three off-gallery contextual exhibitions, connected to an online gallery with instructions for drawing each design using a ruler and compass.



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