Preserving a link to our literary past: Community volunteers keep the doors open at Lakefield’s Christ Church in Lakefield, Ontario.
Involving heritage conservation expertise at key points, and having strong leadership to guide the process, the Committee has achieved remarkable results on the chapel’s condition. Over the years, the work has included roof replacement, structural upgrades, masonry repairs, new furnace, reconstruction of a historic wood vestry, and rehabilitation of interior finishes.
By hosting authors’ events for the annual Lakefield Literary Festival and publishing a self-guided walking tour of historic Lakefield, the museum contributes to the town’s tourism economy and builds further bridges with other local groups.
Building on a passion for local history, and being deeply rooted in their community, the Christ Church Community Museum Committee has successfully implemented an ambitious long term plan for their beloved chapel. The scale of the Committee’s operations as a social enterprise and tourist attraction matches their capacity, and capitalizes on the energy of motivated volunteers.
Placing history and music at the centre of the community: The United Church and Leith community collaborate to fill this community space with life.
Today I’m continuing my exploration of Faith/Arts Cohabitation with a quick tour of two great spaces in Philadelphia. In October 2017, I was there working with ArtsBuild Ontario, Faith & the Common Good and the Toronto Arts Council (funded by the Metcalf Foundation) examining a variety of working models for mutual support between arts and faith groups.