Prince Edward County – Municipal Cultural Planning Workshop

January 20th, 2012

On January 20th, a total of 32 people including the mayor of Prince Edward County, Peter Mertens, several councillors, municipal employes and community stakeholders in attendance. With the inability to move forward in Municipal Cultural Planning, this was a day for Prince Edward County to hear from another community and their success story, and to also discuss the impediments Prince Edward County has been experiencing along the way.  Please see below for the agenda of the day and supporting documents. If you are interested in hearing the recordings of the presentations for the day please contact

SESSION 1 – Ken Doherty from the City of Peterborough will discussed Municipal Cultural Planning from a practical perspective-using examples from the City of Peterborough.

Ken is the Director of the City of Peterborough’s Community Services Department. His diverse portfolio includes: Arenas, Arts Culture & Heritage Division, Facilities & Special Projects, Recreation, and Social Services Divisions as well as Community Grants and Sustainability portfolios. He brings 32 years of experience as a cultural worker in a municipal environment as a Curator and Director of several community museums, as Director of a National Exhibition Centre and public art gallery, and as Chief Executive Officer of a public library. Ken has served as President of the Ontario Museum Association, as Secretary to the Board for Community Arts Ontario, and as the inaugural Chair for the Municipal Cultural Planning Project. He is currently the Co-chair for Sustainable Peterborough.

To view Ken Doherty’s presentation please click on the link – PEC 2012-Ken Doherty

To listen to Ken Doherty’s presentation please click here

SESSION 2 – A panel of local champions, Rick Zimmerman, Monica Alyea and Ann Wardrop discussed the successes and road blocks of MCP so far in Prince Edward County and how we can move forward. During this session these cultural champions spoke to the impact of culture in Prince Edward County, the benefits of driving it forward and the mainitaining momentum in a period of uncertainty. Local champions are often the drivers behind Municipal Cultural Planning and it was refreshing to hear from three passionate cultural champions from the County.

To listen to the panel session please click here

SESSION 3 – Working Session – participants discussed how to get the process moving and what road blocks or impediments they needed to overcome to implement MCP in their community. All attendees participated in the sessions working in small groups to answer the questions put forth by Facilitator Jerry Smith. This was an exercise to think through how culture plays a part in Prince Edward County and what we are going to do about it- to move it forward!

Please click on the link to read the transcribed notes from the group session Working Session notes – PEC

To listen to this facilitated session – please click here

SESSION 4 – ArtsBuild Ontario presented their newly created ArtsBuild Ontario Facilities Portal – the first comprehensive and interactive online advocacy tool that will centrally house up to date information about non-profit arts organizations facilities, and their facilities needs, in Ontario. ArtsBuild Ontario will be able to use this information to report accurately on the state of arts facilities in Ontario, thus strengthening and supporting, our need for increased infrastructure and facilities funding in the Arts sector. This presentation was applicable to any stakeholder, arts organization or municipal employee concerned about the  investment in arts and culture in their community.