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About the Project

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Active and lively public places are what makes a city a vibrant place to live and visit. The intersection of Princess and Division Streets is where multiple neighbourhoods meet and is a gateway to the downtown. Thousands of people drive, walk or pass through the intersection every day. The City launched The Hub Project, a public engagement initiative, to work with the public to explore and generate ideas on how the intersection could be enlivened by public art. Ideas that emerge will help shape the scope of the type and themes of public art for the intersection.

The Hub Project meets all three objectives of the City's Public Art Master Plan:

  • contributing to making a high-quality, vibrant public realm
  • bringing cultural provision to under-serviced areas across the city
  • telling the full Kingston story, building on the current heritage focus in a way that is contemporary and inclusive.

The City received financial support from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Main Street Revitalization Initiative for the Hub Project.

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Project timeline

  • Spring 2018 – Council Approves Project and Funding
  • Summer 2018 – Public Engagement Planning
  • Fall 2018 – Launched Get Online Platform for Public Engagement
  • Fall 2018 – Hosted Public Engagement Event, Culture Days
  • Winter 2019 – Hosted External Stakeholder Workshops
  • Spring 2019 – Consultants Submitted Final Report  
  • Summer/Winter 2019 – Public Art Projects Planning and Partnership Development
  • Winter 2020 – Phase I Calls for Submissions Issued
  • Winter 2020 – Information Report and Project Update to Council
  • Spring 2020 – Artists Selected
  • Summer 2020 – Phase I Projects Installed
  • Fall 2020 – Phase II Call for Submissions Issued
  • Fall 2020 – AMO Grant Report Due
  • Spring 2020 – Phase II Project Installed
  • Summer 2020 – Final Information Report and Project Update to Council

Engagement opportunities

September 2018

Hub Project pop-up booth was set up at the 2018 Princess St. Promenade. Residents had the opportunity to speak with City staff about the project and provide their input on public art at Princess and Division.

March 2019

Two in-person engagement sessions were held at The Spire. These workshops, led by the Crazy Dames, a consulting trio who specialize in urban planning and cultural engagement in cities and public spaces, gave residents the opportunity to learn more about the Hub Project and share their input on public art at Princess and Division.

Spring 2019

Published the "What We Heard" summary of public engagement


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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 Div ...

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