In 2014, a coalition of artists and organizations formed Kawartha ArtsVote to bring awareness to the cultural sector in advance of the 2014 municipal election. In the lead up to the 2018 municipal election this October, they are re-launching ArtsVote, working with Kawartha Lakes Heritage Network, and shining the light on the cultural sector once again.Read More
A coalition of artists and related organizations have relaunched ArtsVote for the 2018 municipal election to once again shine the light on the cultural sector.Read More
A gift from an anonymous donor will be used by the Cultural Centre Committee to look into potential of creating a cultural hub in Kawartha Lakes.Read More
A recent interview with Ray Marshall after he joined us on the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council.
Why is the arts council important to you to join and give your time?
The arts council is very important to me as I have a desire to contribute to the community in the City of Kawartha Lakes. I really appreciate the work that has taken place, and staying 'in touch' with fellow members of the City who engage, work, and celebrate the Arts .
Are the Kawartha Lakes part of your personal history or have you had a longer connection?
My first real work experience in the art world was being involved in the Kawartha Summer Theatre at the Academy Theatre in Lindsay, as a lighting and sound technician. I spent eight summers there involved in all aspects of the theatre. In 1985, I became the Academy Theatre Manager until 2006. It was a very important time for me to be in Lindsay and enjoy family life and it formed the basis of my very interesting and rewarding career.
Where did you grow up and spend your youth?
I grew up in Stouffville, Ontario and was involved with drama all throughout high school and also enjoyed four years playing in a rock band. I played the drums, and did some vocals. It was great fun !
What were the strongest cultural influences on you growing up?
Bill Glassco, (from Tarragon Theatre in Toronto ) Dennis Sweeting, ( Kawartha Summer Theatre.) were my two mentors when I was a young” techie''. They were important to me because of their Canadian Artistic Vision, their ability to do quality plays for their audiences, organizational skills, always respectful to their actors, designers, writers and staff.
What do you believe, is your “genius” the one thing that you do the best and are proud of?
I am proud of working in a “live theatre” of day to day experiences. I know I have strengths in connecting and working with people involved with all aspects of live theatre in the performance arena. I am able to connect with the audience, performers, the crew, volunteers as well as board members and supporters in my community.
What do you believe is the role of an Arts Council in a community?
I believe that an Arts Council needs to be active and play a significant role in the community. This can be in support of a major project or bringing artists together to showcase their work and gain prominence in the community. It is also serves to develop a membership base that will have an impact and offer a focus for the community both economically and philosophically. It is important for the Council to encourage and communicate with all age of artists in as many disciplines as possible.
Lyndsey Friesen is the new program coordinator of the Kawartha Lakes Arts and Heritage Trail. She graduated from Trent University with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and went on to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Museum Management & Curatorship at Fleming College. She had her start in museums and the cultural sector spending springs and summers in Algonquin Provincial Park working at the internationally renowned Visitor Centre and Logging Museum.
Lyndsey interned at the London Heritage Council, offering expertise to standardize the City's records management for collections and public art, and coordinated public history initiatives and natural heritage programming such as the event Trails Open London.
Lyndsey has a wealth of experience in the local community and beyond, from volunteering at the Canadian Canoe Museum, to working as an interpreter at Lang Pioneer Village. Lyndsey began work at the Victoria County Historical Society in 2015 to join the special project First World War Comes to Life, and as Project Manager of this living history travelling event, she secured ongoing federal funding, sponsorship, national partnerships, and was responsible for the creation of exhibition displays and the interpretive program.
On Friday, September 29, 2017, LAURIE SCOTT, MPP, for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, will be at Kawartha Settlers’ Village, to announce the new Program Coordinator for the CKL Arts & Heritage Trail. The Program Coordinator, working collaboratively with the 24 heritage sites, cultural organizations and artists on the Trail, will promote cultural tourism across the Municipality.Read More
The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario has announced its most recent round of grant recipients. The grants will provide funding for 204 community projects across the province including 11 in the Kawarthas. The Kawartha Lakes Arts Council is very happy to announce that our organization has received a $63,900 grant over 12 months to hire a coordinator to develop collaborative programming for the Kawartha Lakes Arts and Heritage Trail. We are very excited about this opportunity to further strengthen our Arts and Heritage network in the City of Kawartha Lakes.Read More
- When: Wednesday, May 31st 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
- Where: South Pond Farm, 1020 Gray Road, Pontypool
For the first meeting on May 31st, the Roundtable welcomes anyone who already collects visitor or customer information to share their ideas, so that a standardized visitor-information template can be created and utilized by all Kawartha Lakes cultural destinations...Read More
This event has been RESCHEDULED to fall 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience.
An evening to celebrate the Summer Solstice.
June 21, 2017 - 6pm to 9pm
7pm presentation "Connecting the Arts and Social World" with Christine Briggs
Lesley Drummond is an artist, educator and curator who has been actively involved in the Arts Community of the Kawartha Lakes for close to 30 years.
Lesley majored in painting (with drawing, printmaking, sculpture and a fair bit of Art History rounding out her experience) at Queen’s University in Kingston. She gathered valuable experience in the Toronto art world by working...Read More
During this week, April 23-29, KLAC recognizes and thanks the many volunteers who give of their time to support to many and varied local arts.Read More
Compassion, community, connection, creativity. They’re the qualities that have defined Dianne Lister’s career, and the reasons she has become so involved with Kawartha Lakes Arts Council (KLAC). She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from her experience as a lawyer, charitable sector leader, andRead More
We'd like to thank everyone for coming out to our second annual general meeting. If the weather kept you from attending, here's what you missed.
The Lindsay Golf & Country Club, provided an elegant setting for the AGM with the tree-lined driveway and the century-old house that's now the clubhouse, serving as reminder of Lindsay's history and rural roots. The reception room was made up withRead More
David Morrison has been with the KLAC Board from the very beginning, including serving as chair during the critical first year.
Currently a trustee with the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, David has been a major contributor to the local music community, and the driving force behind such achievements as the Odyssey Project, the Kinsmen Band, and the Cooperative Initiative in the Performing Arts, to name a few.
We asked David about his time with KLAC, the arts that influenced him as a youth, the role of arts in Kawartha Lakes, and much more. Click here to read the full interview.
NOTE: A Networking Social will be held in the Guild Room at the Academy after the Presentation CASH BAR
Penni Holdham has kindly allowed us to share the slides from her presentation. Here they are for your convenience.
Local Member of Parliament Jamie Schmale has put out a call for submissions to local artists.Read More
The City of Kawartha Lakes gave the community an early Christmas gift this year. In late October they hired Debra Soule as the city's Economic Development Officer for Arts, Culture and Heritage. This is wonderful news for all of us. Debra brings to this job a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as an amazing ability to bring people and ideas together in a way that generates very positive results. Previous to this role Debra spent the last two and a half years in a contract role with the city where she has worked incredibly hard to develop and promote these important aspects of our community. It is fair to say that without the work that she did over the past two years we would not have a Kawartha Lakes Arts Council or a Heritage Network. We at KLAC are very pleased that the city has chosen Debra for this role and we look forward to many years of progress, support and innovation in the Arts, Culture and Heritage.
We asked a Debra a few questions about her new role. Click here to learn what she has to say.Read More
Kawartha Lakes Arts Council makes great progress in support of Arts and Culture in the City of Kawartha Lakes.
Over the past six months your KLAC team has been working extremely hard on your behalf. The three tenants of our mission are Advocacy, Education and Programming. Recently you may have noticed that our program offerings have been a bit on the ‘light’ side. This is the result of a very concerted effort by us involving many hours of work to advocate for the Arts and Culture sector in the City of Kawartha Lakes. We feel we are on the right track and that we have garnered some significant understanding and support from our municipal council. Click on the link below to learn more about the following significant milestones accomplished on your behalf by KLAC.
Read more about KLAC's Advocacy and Awareness work