Our Community Learns

May 9, 2018

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A panel discussion and Q&A for artists and arts-oriented business and cultural institutions advising on sources of grant funding from 7pm to 8:30pm, followed by a networking reception from 8:30pm to 9:15pm. 


Su Ditta, Executive Director, Electric City Cultural Council; Shirlanne Pawley Boyd, Director of Philanthropy, Canadian Canoe Museum; moderator, Dianne Lister, The Dianne Lister Group


Lindsay Public Library, Lower Level Community Room, 190 Kent Street West, Lindsay; Networking Reception in Kawartha Art Gallery, second floor, Lindsay Public Library


$10 for Kawartha Lakes Arts Council members
$15 for non-members



Shirlanne Pawley-Boyd
Director of Philanthropy
Canadian Canoe Museum

Shirlanne joined the museum in 2016 and is a senior fundraising executive with more than 25 years’ experience. She has held a variety of leadership roles in education, health care and the not-for-profit sector for organizations including Trent University, Fleming College, BC’s Children’s Hospital and United Way. She is a graduate of Fleming College and has taken on volunteer roles with numerous groups including The Rotary Club of Peterborough, The Mount Project, The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough’s 2015 and 2016 Philanthropy Forum, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, United Way of Peterborough & District, Strath McLean Child Care Centre and the YWCA of Peterborough.  

Su Ditta
Executive Director
EC3 Peterborough

Su Ditta has worked at the national, provincial and municipal levels as an arts administrator, program and policymaker, funder, curator and arts management consultant for over 35 years. 

Best known for her work as Associate Curator, Media Arts at the National Gallery of Canada and Head, Media Arts Section of the Canada Council for the Arts, Su also coordinated the CC’s Flying Squad Program (Media, Visual, Interarts, English), served as Adjunct Curator, Media Arts at Oakville Galleries and as Residency Director at the Banff Centre for the Arts. 

As principal at Wild Ideas Arts Consulting, she has provided management, governance, planning and program/policy evaluation etc. for more than 35 clients all across Canada, including arts council’s, artist-run-centres, public art galleries, performance organizations, and universities.  She has acted as an advisor to the OAC, NFB, DCH, Telefilm Canada and other public agencies and government ministries.  Su worked as the Executive Director of the Canadian Images Film Festival and MAYWORKS Toronto, was General Manager at Artspace and has produced 25 exhibition projects for various organizations/institutions as an independent curator.

An experienced volunteer leader, Su has held senior positions on multiple City of Peterborough Advisory Committees, was a founding Director and Vice Chair of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough and held board positions with several arts organizations. She has received a Civic Award for Cultural Betterment, a Pathway of Fame Award for Outstanding Cultural Achievement and a Distinguished Alumni Award from Trent University.  She has an unusual affection and respect for the local arts community.

Dianne Lister

Dianne Lister is the Chair of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council, and has been a member of its Board for 3 years. A resident of Bobcaygeon, Dianne’s creative focus is photography and multimedia, and she is an exhibitor and promoter of the SPARK Photo Festival. Dianne is a volunteer Director of the Canadian Canoe Museum, and chairs the Exhibit Design Committee for new museum project. Dianne is also a trustee of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and a member of its Governance & Nominating Committee. Under The Dianne Lister Group, Dianne provide consulting and facilitation services to the nonprofit sector, is an author and a sessional instructor with the University of Victoria.