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Release: Hamilton Arts Council Announces 2021 Arts Week and New Initiative

Hamilton Arts Council announces Hamilton Arts Week, June 3-12, 2021. The dynamic annual offering from Hamilton Arts Council (HAC), supported by the City of Hamilton, returns with a celebration of Hamilton’s regional arts scene. 

Entering its seventh year, Arts Week will promote the ongoing role played by the arts to educate, inspire, and connect our community whilst encouraging Hamiltonians to support local arts organizations, and groups as they struggle under the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Last year, Hamilton Arts Week 2020 was reimagined for digital presentation in response to the pandemic. A year later, the ongoing pandemic has prompted a return to an online format for Arts Week in 2021. 

This year, from June 3-12, Hamilton Arts Week will digitally showcase an array of genres, and presenters, from across the region, including music events supported by the Ontario Arts Council, with a finale performance to officially close the line-up. 

Recipients of the 2021 City of Hamilton Arts Awards will also be announced during Arts Week, selected by independent juries of arts professionals who choose notable artists and arts community leaders to honour for their excellence and contributions to Hamilton. 

As the ongoing pandemic and parallel economic crisis continues to decimate Hamilton’s arts sector, Hamilton Arts Council is launching a call-to-action to ‘Save the Arts’ beginning in March. HAC will direct support for organizations and collectives who provide programming and arts services across the region. HAC recognizes that eligibility for various municipal, provincial, or federal support initiatives does not apply to all of these vital groups. 

“Whilst we celebrate the incredible presenters during Hamilton Arts Week, we will highlight the amazing groups and orgs that deliver arts programming across the Hamilton region, and let people know how they can support them.” says HAC Community Engagement Officer David Hudson, “We are calling upon our creative community to amplify our urgent request for support, from audiences and businesses who may be in a position to donate.” 

Hamilton Arts Council’s ‘Save the Arts’ initiative will funnel support to different groups and organizations from across the Hamilton region. More information, including how organizations and groups can be added to the initiative, is available through the Arts Council’s website.

Artists and arts organizations looking to get involved in Arts Week are able to do so in multiple ways. Applications are currently being received through the Arts Council’s website for approximately ten presentation partners who will share live or pre-recorded programming during Arts Week. The deadline for applications is April 11, 2021. Each selected presentation will receive a $500 honorarium. 

Community partners are invited to share arts events and listings taking place from June 3-12 to be promoted through the Arts Council. 

Feature photo courtesy of Hamilton Arts Council.

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