Love for the Boro Art Program

Love for the Boro is a grassroots artist-led public art program that empowers and connects a network of creative enthusiasts, culture promoters, and artistic producers to build a sustainable grassroots movement within Peterborough’s downtown core. Love for the Boro is part of the Downtown Business Improvement Area’s Downtown Vibrancy Project. This year Love for the Boro has been focused on supporting our local artists and making their work visible through the Covid-19 Pandemic. To date, there have been 4 major public art projects that supported 48 talented local visual artists. This initiative is accompanied by an artist-led social media account @lovefortheboro that celebrates, not just local art and artists, but our local culture as a whole and focuses on uplifting stories and projects.

The Boro Window Mural Project

  • 9 murals were painted on downtown windows, mainly using vacant storefronts, to brighten up our winter in downtown and highlight the beautiful spaces available for businesses. 

Painted Canoe Paddle Project

  • 20 wooden canoe paddles were painted by community groups, city officials, and local organizations to celebrate the work they do, even when we are all hidden behind closed doors. The paddles were displayed in store windows downtown to create a self-guided art tour. 
  • paddles were auctioned off to raise money for One City’s Employment Programs

Painted Downtown Flowerpots

    • Sponsored by Shorelines Casino
    • 31 flowerpots adore our streets downtown each year thanks to businesses volunteering to adopt them and care for the plants all season. In 2021 we added an extra splash of colour by inviting local artists to paint the flowerpots. 
    • 7 artists were involved in this project.

Painted Picnic Tables

    • Sponsored by Shorelines Casino
    • 26 picnic tables (20 adult-sized and 6 child-sized) were painted by local artists in spring of 2021. These tables can be found on patios all summer long!
    • This creates a self-guided art tour this summer for all to enjoy. 

Thank you to the Project Supporters:

  • Peterborough Square Mall
  • Shorelines Casino
  • Peterborough Regional Farmers Market 
  • Dulux Paints Peterborough
  • Kingdon Timber Mart Lakefield