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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the legal authority for The Art School of Peterborough.

As a member of the Board, a director acts in a position of trust for the Art School and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization. Members of the Board of Directors are collectively responsible for the governance, strategic direction and financial sustainability of The Art School of Peterborough.

Jenni Johnston

Executive Director

Jenni Johnston is a Canadian oil painter who studied visual arts from Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. She took part in the Florence, Italy off-campus program in her final year, graduated with Honors in Drawing and Painting.

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Kristina Jegeris

Kristina Jegeris has been involved with The Art School of Peterborough since 2019. She has worked as the Front Desk Receptionist and Social Media Coordinator. With a passion for pottery, painting and drawing, she enjoys creating artwork and trying new mediums. Joining the Board has been another ways for her to keep involved with the school, she wants to help promote inclusivity and creativity within the Peterborough community.

Marcia Watts

Marcia Watts has been involved with the Art School for many years after taking a variety of art classes and participating in our annual fundraisers.

Marcia Watts

Lisa Martini-Dunk

Lisa is a passionate artist, which leads her to serve on the board and help shape the Art School’s future. Her company, L’immaginaria, allows for the blending of creative visual expression and words.

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Casandra Lee

Casandra is an Asian-American educator, painter, author, and illustrator. She is passionate about storytelling and capturing feelings better expressed through art. Casandra first started out as a student at the Art School of Peterborough. She joined the Board to help the Art School continue its mission to make art accessible and available to the larger community. Having the space to learn, explore, and practice art is really special to our town. 

Megan Gamble

Megan Gamble has a passion for the school. She enjoys working with new mediums and is currently having fun playing in the pottery studio. She has 2 boys that enjoy participating in all of the programmings that the art school offers.

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Christine Freeman-Roth

Christine Freeman-Roth came to the arts in midlife, while raising a child passionate about all things artistic. In pottery she found a much needed creative outlet, a supportive community at the Art School of Peterborough and a deeply fulfilling way to quiet a very busy mind. She is committed to expanding access to the arts for children, teens and adults because of the role it can play in promoting positive mental health.

Dawn Pawn

Since moving to Peterborough in 2016 she has enjoyed immersing herself in the community spirit that our downtown offers. The art community is especially vibrant here and as a life long lover of the arts, she is honoured to sit on the board of the Art School of Peterborough (ASOP) and do her part to nurture people’s passion of art and support the fantastic team working and volunteering here at ASOP. 

Her personal experience is with coordinating public art projects, facilities art workshops, collaborating with local artists, and enjoying art as a hobby. She has worked locally with the Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA), GreenUp, First Friday PTBO, and Love For The Boro and have made efforts to highlight local talent as often as possible. 

Interested In Joining The Board?

Working with The Art School of Peterborough is a stimulating experience. You’ll build great friendships and professional contacts, expand your knowledge of Kawartha’s creative community and charitable sector, and gain invaluable experience with an active not-for-profit.

Volunteer Board and Committee Members are required to be active participants, preferably people who can contribute beyond the minimum expectations noted below. As we seek nominations, here are a few things you’ll want to consider:

  • Attend and actively participate in monthly board meetings. This is the one time each month we collaborate, brainstorm and make strides on critical issues. The board meets once a month for 1.5-2.5 hours. Every board member is also encouraged to sit on at least one committee.
  • Attend and actively participate in committee meetings. Current committees include Event /Fundraising committee, Marketing & Communications, Volunteer Recruitment. Committees meet monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly for 1 to 1.5 hours. Participation as a committee member requires you to attend committee meetings as well as complete tasks as required by the committee.
  • Attend and be actively engaged in The Art School of Peterborough’s events. Our annual schedule includes several community events: Annual Art Auction, Art-a-thon, Annual Members Show and Student End of Term shows. These are just a sampling of the community events we do!
  • Actively participate in growing the assets of The Art School of Peterborough.
  • Advocate for The Art School of Peterborough. Spread the word about the work we do. Promote The Art School’s events and initiatives.
  • Act on the responsibilities and requests given to you. This can be as simple as replying to an email or as involved as planning an event or campaign. But most importantly, we need you to be reliable and responsive.

Specific Areas of Need

  • Grant Writing
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Accounting
  • Policy writing

Do you have any questions? Contact Jenni Johnston, Executive Director, at 705-742-3221. We will also gladly arrange for you to have a conversation with an existing board member if you would find this helpful.

Support Your Art School!

With your support, we can expand our impact in the Peterborough area through art education.

We are a registered Canadian charity and your support is greatly appreciated.

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