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It has been a busy year for Jason Heroux who was appointed our new Poet Laureate in December 2018.  Jason is the third person to hold this position, having been preceded by Eric Folsom and Helen Humphreys, and it is a role he will continue to fill for four years as a spokesperson for the literary arts in the community.  Of course, Kingston is already well-known as a literary city...
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Everyone has a role to play in reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.  It takes work but everything is easier when we work together. Earlier this year, Council directed staff to explore ways to reduce single use plastics at two City-owned facilities, including the Grand Theatre and the INVISTA Centre to start.  Single-use plastics include items like water bottles,...
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An interesting project we’re currently working on within the Cultural Services department is Your Stories, Our Histories that launched last September.  Kingston is often recognized as a city steeped in history and the Kingston Culture Plan approved back in 2010 made the case that Kingston’s powerful historical narrative was perhaps its most compelling cultural asset.  History is...
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Who doesn’t love to hang out in the good weather and people watch?  That’s something I love doing when I travel and I’m always envious of cities that have great public spaces where people naturally gather.  Place where you can grab a bench, pull up a chair or find a seat in an adjacent café.  Europe is great for those kinds of experiences as is New York City. I often...
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The other day I happened to catch a news piece online about a new exhibition called Beyond the Streets, which is the largest exhibition of graffiti and street art ever presented.  The exhibition explores on a large scale how these illegal forms of cultural expression have moved from the fringes to the mainstream and how public attitudes have shifted from negative to positive. Street...
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Colin Wiginton
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