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We’re fortunate here in Kingston that our city is a place where cultural venues, historic sites, museums, theatres, makers and creatives activate our community and invigorate our daily lives. It’s what makes Kingston a great place to live and it also makes it an attractive place to visit and to do business.  In the days and weeks since our Country, Province and City declared states of...
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In February 2020, the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning hit a major milestone, marking five years since it first opened its doors to the public on January 31, 2015.  Thousands of community members came to the Tett Centre that day to celebrate the launch of this new accessible and collaborative arts hub in Kingston.  That opening day also featured the presentation of a...
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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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Colin Wiginton
Colin Wiginton
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