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Snapshots: The Week of December 17

Snapshots is your overview of the last week in the arts and entertainment community. From the movers, shakers and moments that matter- and moments that could- Snapshots is everything you need to know at a glance to stay connected to the Hamilton arts sector.

Hamilton Happenings

  • The Hamilton Fringe Festival is hosting an online holiday drop-in on Friday, December 17 from 2-3pm. Catch up with Fringe staff and friends while sharing some holiday cheer. RSVP to participate.
  • Centre [3]’s annual art show and sale returns this year from December 10-31. Featuring work from artist members, including prints, paintings, textiles, ceramics, apparel, and stationary, all priced under $200 and with proceeds directly supporting local artists. Purchases can be made either in person at Centre [3] (173 James Street North) or in their online shop. 
  • The Mule Spinner will host a Last Call Holiday Market on December 22 from 5-10pm. Featuring local vendors, music and drinks, the cash-only event aims to provide original, last-minute gift ideas while supporting local makers.
  • Jazz at the Gasworks is back for the winter! The series presents biweekly concerts from January 27 through to April 28 in support of the An Instrument for Every Child program. Every other Thursday, the Gasworks will showcase top Canadian and international musicians in jazz, blues and improvised music.
  • Hamilton Fashion Week is currently casting designers for its February 19 Gala Runway show. Visit their website to learn more and register.

Award Season Is Upon Us

  • On December 16, the Hamilton Arts Council hosted the 28th Annual Literary Awards, which was broadcast and streamed on Cable 14. Congratulations to the winners of each category: 
  • The City of Hamilton has opened the nomination process for their 2022 Arts Awards. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, January 14, 2022 in the categories of Creator and Lifetime Achievement Award; Arts Champion Award and the Shirley Elford Emerging Artist Commission Prize. The Awards seek to recognize the outstanding achievements of the local arts community, individuals, organizations and community members who support and engage in its work throughout the community.

Here & There

  • McMaster University professor and local writer Margaret Nowaczyk’s memoir Chasing Zebras: A Memoir of Genetics, Mental Health and Writing was recently named one of the Globe and Mail’s top 100 books of the year!
  • Looking to serve the local arts community in a leadership capacity? The Hamilton Arts Council has put out a call for applicants for their Board of Directors. Find out more here and apply before January 5, 2022.
  • The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is currently hiring for two positions: A Marketing and Development Manager, and part-time Box Office Customer Service Representatives. Both positions are open until filled.
  • The CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener + Area is seeking an Operations Manager. The deadline to apply is December 19. 
  • Cobalt Connects is looking to hire a number of individuals as Production Assistants for Hamilton Winterfest. The deadline to apply is December 29.
  • Theatre Aquarius is seeking a Director of Marketing and Communications. The deadline to apply is December 30.
  • The City of Hamilton will commission a permanent public art work(s) to be installed on Locke Street at the southwest corner of Jackson Street. Artists will be selected by a citizen jury through a two-stage process. Short-listed artists completing a Stage 2 submission will receive a $700 honorarium, with the winning project being awarded $70,000. Submissions must be submitted by Thursday, January 13 at 3pm to be considered.
  • GritLIT is now accepting submissions of fiction or creative non-fiction (3,000 words or less) for their 2022 Short Story Contest. Winners receive $500 (First Place), $150 (two Honourable Mentions). All winners will be invited to read at gritLIT 2022. Winning stories will be published on the gritLIT website. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2022.
  • Hamilton Artists Inc. and Factory Media Centre are partnering to offer eight micro grants to artists working in any medium. Six $500 cash grants, and two media grants (valued at $1,000 of equipment rentals) is available to artists working in any medium. Micro grants may be put towards the cost of creating new or in-progress artworks, with funds spent by March 30, 2023. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2022.
  • The Concession Street Business Improvement Association is looking for a banner design to be installed in 2022 on light poles within the BIA area to create a colourful, bold, thoughtful art experience throughout Concession Street. Three selected artists will receive $165 for their design; the winning designer will receive an additional $1,000. Submissions due by January 15, 2022. 
  • For those looking to enter the Hamilton Fringe Festival, their lottery is now open for all categories. The 2022 Festival will run from July 21-31, 2022. The deadline to receive lottery applications is January 24, 2022, with the selection process taking place both live and in-person on January 26, 2022.
  • The Hamilton Film Festival is launching a Media Arts School in 2022 and seeking instructors. Proposals are currently being accepted on an ongoing basis for one-time or series of workshops, as well as pre-designed camps.
  • The City of St. Catharines is seeking a Culture Coordinator. The deadline to apply is February 28. 

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