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City hosting public workshops to generate ideas for the Hub Project

February 14, 2019 –

On Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7, the City is hosting two public workshops to explore how to improve the intersection of Princess and Division Streets through public art and other design elements. The Hub Project is a public engagement initiative intended to connect neighbourhoods through art. The Hub Project workshops will be led by the Crazy Dames, a consulting trio who specialize in urban planning, placemaking and cultural engagement and work with people to find creative ways to design public spaces.

"We hope to have conversations with residents, businesses, property owners, artists and arts organizations, and other key stakeholders from across Kingston, especially those who live in the Sydenham, Williamsville and King's Town districts who are closely connected to Princess and Division Streets about how public art and design can energize and improve this intersection," says Danika Lochhead, manager, arts and sector development. "Active and lively public places are what makes a city a vibrant place to live and visit. We need your input to reimagine this intersection in ways that connect these neighbourhoods and creates an interesting gateway to Kingston's downtown."

How to offer input

These workshops are being held in the lower hall at The Spire, located at 82 Sydenham St., and will each include conversations about public art and hands-on activities that will be used to generate ideas and themes for public art that could be featured at the intersection. Two workshop times are being offered to provide choice:

  • Wednesday, March 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and
  • Thursday, March 7 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served. Pre-registration by email is appreciated. Contact publicart@cityofkingston.ca to reserve your space.

If you are unable to attend, share your ideas online at GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca/Hub

The City has received financial support from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Main Street Revitalization Initiative to support this project that is intended to meet three major objectives of the City of Kingston's Public Art Master Plan that includes creating vibrant public spaces; providing access to art in under-serviced areas of the city; and connecting art and history to tell Kingston stories.