Municipal Ward: Peterborough Art Gallery Launches Youth Mentorship Program


The Art Gallery of Peterborough (AGP) is delighted to announce the launch of its first Art Mentorship Program for young people.

This program offers young people in their final years of high school a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience and insight into the arts, and to participate in an exhibition at the AGP.

Successful young people will work directly with mentor artist Spencer Harrison and their peers to develop a body of work to be featured in a group exhibition. Participants will earn professional exposure credit and receive payment. Additionally, with the mentor artist, participants will learn professional studio practices and techniques and work with AGP’s Curator and Educational Programming Coordinator to develop professional artistic skills.

Harrison is an artist, activist and educator. He has been painting and creating installation art for forty years and his work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.

Harrison believes “in the power of art and youth to change the world and is thrilled to be working in this program at AGP.”

The application deadline for the program has been extended to January 28 and is open to students in Grades 11 or 12 who reside in Peterborough and are between the ages of 16 and 20. The AGP strives to reflect the diversity of the community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

Full application details are available online at

Provincial Park Pass

Did you know that most provincial parks in Ontario are open in the winter? It’s a great opportunity to try a new outdoor winter activity and you can even borrow an Ontario Provincial Parks Pass from the Peterborough Public Library, located at 345 Aylmer Street.

In addition to the park pass, each kit also includes a backpack, an Ontario nature guide, a $5 coupon towards your next daily vehicle permit at Ontario Parks and a bottle of water to conserve. Kits can be borrowed free of charge for seven days to anyone with a library card. Simply place a hold on the kit and collect it when notified.

A few kits are also available at the main cash desk on a first-come, first-served basis for these spontaneous outings. For more information, please visit or call 705-745-5382.

Provincial parks in this region include Mark S. Burnham, Emily, Silent Lake, and Ferris Provincial Parks. For more information, including a list of outdoor winter activities to try, please visit


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