H’art Centre announced that a unique mix of artistic, educational, and environmental workshops, a partnership, exhibitions, and exhibits will be held under the umbrella of its 2022 Season.
This year’s edition includes a set of creative initiatives and events that will be organized under the theme ‘Purpose’. The goal is to transform the organization’s activities into a purposeful ‘community outreach’ that invites artist-participants and the community alike to enjoy experiences and take part. The participation of artists from H’art Centre, the Kingston area, and across Canada in these events, is set to heighten connection and collaboration.
“When we find a collective purpose, we find community,” said Executive Director Katherine Porter. “One of the most important and essential elements in our communities is water, we can’t live without it. So, this season, we are asking artists to think about their relationship with the water, their connection to the waterways, and how we must act to celebrate and protect such a vital community resource.”
Over the course of the Winter and Spring, “Purpose” will feature 20-weeks of visual art, movement, and storytelling workshops for artist-participants of H’art Studio alongside a 12-week collaborative textile, theatre, and dance project directed by Kathryn MacKay and choreographed by Camille Spencer, a professional contemporary dancer. Resulting in a filmed “roving” dance presentation focused on freshwater, the special project was designed to inspire Kingston to come alive with purpose after a long hiatus due to the pandemic.
The Summer session will see a partnership with the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston take off as H’art helps them deliver on their purpose of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between Canada and the United States. Details about the artistic and educational outreach workshops — for people of all abilities and ages — will be announced next month.
The Fall will bring two art exhibitions also exploring the theme of freshwater. The first will share art pieces at the Marine Museum —and potentially a variety of public locations— from the summer partnership. And finally, The Mix’s new public art gallery will host its first exhibit at the end of the season. The Gallery exhibition will also include works on the “Purpose” theme. H’art will ask several studios across Canada –– that advocate for and support the D/deaf and Disability arts sector –– to explore their connection to freshwater and shared waterways.
H’art Centre is grateful to the individuals and funders that make this artistic season possible.