Home x Work
For this project, Ashley Marshall revisited Hamilton in order to re-explore it creatively and think about her relationship to place, and how one comes to know what home, family, and safety mean. As a Black woman walking in Hamilton, Marshall disrupted the idea of the flâneur, and, drawing on her psychogeographical experiences, she wrote her narrative as a series of stories, poetry, and essays that she plans to share with students, other people of colour, and youth navigating their own ways through similar spaces.
The Weather Station
The Weather Station is a hybrid artistic and scientific installation in the alleyway that runs north and south between Cannon and Barton Streets, parallel to and between Mary and Elgin Streets. Several years ago, Charlie Matina, a long-time community activist in the Beasley neighbourhood, started the Weather Station project on a small patch of the alleyway donated by one of the homeowners near Cannon Street. The goal of the project was to involve youth, artists, and community members to create a social space and art piece that would develop the alley as a safe, inclusive, and collaborative space for all its residents.
Ubuntu Music Collaborative
The Ubuntu Music Collaborative seeks to create a music collective where the rich spiritual and oral music culture of the African community can be cultivated and shared to enhance the multicultural landscape of Hamilton through sounds around us, celebrate diversity, trust in the participants’ voices and bring them forward on behalf of harmony, justice and peace. Additionally, the collaborative would like to introduce the intimacy of traditional African and contemporary gospel music and the excitement of engaging different cultural music into the daily lives of Hamiltonians at large.
A Shared Table
A Shared Table celebrates and platforms the creative and cultural genius of ethnic and racialized minority communities by setting a table of food + stories + art. A Shared Table hosts storytelling events and community meals that invite participants to share their stories around the table as a practice of re-imagining more diverse, equitable communities.
Jill Kooymans proposed mounting a production of Fun Home by Alison Bechdel in conjunction with Hamilton Pride. The musical follows the life of Queer artist and activist Alison Bechdel as a coming of age story in 1940s and 50s America. The production seeks to provide jobs for Queer BIPOC and push the boundaries of representation for theatre in Hamilton.
With Tongues Like These
John Hill is a queer Indigenous working-class writer and artist born and living in Hamilton. In his project With Tongues Like These, Hill developed an epic poem/performance essay on queer Indigenous poetics and has been working on disseminating his piece via a digital format.
Hamilton Arts and Letters Issue Twelve.1 Re:Creation Stories
Hamilton Arts and Letters produced issue twelve.1 titled Re:Creation Stories with Guest Editor Johannah Bird (settler-Anishinaabe), which features visual art, poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction by Indigenous writers, several of which from Six Nations, Hamilton, and surrounding area, including Kaitlin Debicki, Sara General, John Hill, Alyssa General, Janet Rogers, Daniel Lockhart, Jenny Ferguson, and more.