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Thespians Buy Hobby Farm to Create Artist Retreat

With acres of country landscape and fresh air, a couple new to the Peterborough area is aiming to create a unique retreat for artists. But, first, actors Peyton Le Barr and Chris Whidden of Grassboots Theatre, are making their debut on the Peterborough stage. Peyton speaks with Electric City Magazine about the new company, Grassboots […]

Connection, Expression for Survivors Emerge Through Art

An agent of healing is being explored through the creative processes of melting wax, needle felting and card-making. Diana Primavesi, who is the supervisor of an arts drop-in program for women running at the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre (KSAC), believes strongly that art is a form of therapy. Diana is a clinical counsellor and an […]

Artisans Centre Peterborough Presents Creative Hands On Festival

From wire workers to fabric artists, Peterborough residents can enjoy the mastery of local artisans and crafters later this summer. Artisans Centre Peterborough presents the inaugural Creative Hands On Festival, running from Sept. 13-15 at Peterborough Square. “This festival is very much an opportunity to promote artisan craft and artisans in Peterborough,” say festival organizers […]

Community Art-making Fuels Discovery, Connection

Whether it ignites a healing process or shatters isolation, art is proving to be a powerful force when community members unite in creativity. For some Peterborough residents, making art in the company of others fosters new friendships and forges a stronger connection to community. For others, it can be a more personal, intense therapeutic exercise […]

Festival Provides Stage for Young Artists

From watercolour to song, the community is invited to explore the creative canvas of aspiring artists May 5. The Peterborough Youth Arts Festival (PYAF) partners with Art for Awareness to present the second annual festival for young Peterborough residents. The event gives people aged 11-17 a chance to showcase their creativity through visual art, photography, […]

Peterborough’s Rockin’ Creativity, Community-building

While walking through the city’s parks, subdivisions and main core, keep an eye peeled for something round and colourful underfoot. Whether it’s a happy face, an animal or a feel-good message, decorated rocks are fostering creativity and cultivating community-building in Peterborough. Residents paint and hide or place rocks in various areas of the community. The […]

Residents Building Monument for Sexual Violence Survivors

Finding peace, strength and solidarity are just three possible outcomes of having a memorial in Peterborough to recognize victims of sexual trauma. Peterborough is among four Ontario communities embracing a public art-making project to build a monument to honour survivors of sexual violence. The other three participating communities are North Bay, Carleton Place and Brantford. […]

Community Art-making Extends Beyond Finished Pieces

Making sock puppets kindles conservation, lessens loneliness and links citizens to community. Earlier this week, this act of creation and connection unfolded in a community art hive in Peterborough. The project involved people of all ages gathering to make the sock puppets at the not-for-profit Creating Space Community Arts Studio. While the art-making endeavors participants […]