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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. In the summer of 2018, the City launched The Hub Project as a targeted public engagement initiative intended to connect neighbourhoods through art by making a series of creative improvements to the intersection of Princess and Division Streets. 

The City hired the Crazy Dames as urban planning consultants to facilitate a series of public engagement sessions, that included in-person public events and stakeholder workshops, and online through the City’s Get Involved platform.  The City engaged with more than 350 people who shared input and ideas regarding themes and types of public art that could be integrated into the intersection and helped to secure community buy-in and investment in the public art project. Ideas that emerged have directly shaped the type and themes of public art for the intersection. 

Based on the work completed to date, the Crazy Dames developed a report and recommendations for the City that outlined an approach for public art for the Princess and Division Street intersection. The recommendations reflect the feedback received through the public engagement process and aligns with broader City goals, policies and current initiatives. The recommendations are:

  1. Incorporate small-scale public art interventions in the public realm (at-grade and community-driven) to respond to the desire for community gathering spaces and interactions;
  2. Commission an iconic public art piece to respond to the desire for sense of pride and act as a destination for tourists and visitors;
  3. Develop a Placemaking Strategy (and/or Community Benefits Strategy) to respond to the need for broader revitalization of and community priorities for the area.

Phase I Calls for Submissions

The City has issued two public art calls for Phase I of the Hub Project. Both calls have now closed. We thank all applicants for their submissions. Timelines for these public art projects as well as operations within the City of Kingston have been impacted by COVID-19. We will keep you updated as circumstances allow and appreciate your patience and understanding in this moment. If you have any questions, please contact Colin Wiginton, Cultural Director by e-mail.

Artist-Designed Bike Stands

The City is inviting Kingston-based artists and designers to submit proposals to an open call for submissions for two functional art bike stands to be installed near the intersection of Princess and Division Street. Download the art bike stands call.

Project timeline

Timelines have been impacted by COVID-19 and are subject to change.
  • 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
  • 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 2021 – Phase II Project Installed
  • Summer 2021 – 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 reporting back on the feedback for this project.

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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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