On March 1, 2021, the City of Kingston Arts Council announced the launch of its 'Artists are Essential' campaign.
In KAC's press release, it stated that "the Covid-19 pandemic has devastated our global community, and its impact on our arts sector has been extensive and heartbreaking." Throughout the pandemic, local artists have "despite their own struggles, anxieties and hardships" have continued to offer their neighbors and community members opportunities to lift their spirts through virtual dance parties, porch side plays, art kit deliveries, online concerts and more.
Kingston Arts Council maintains local artists have "always been essential for our community's well-being and they will be essential for our recovery. Artists are essential."
As such, KAC invites the public to discover the many ways they can support local artists.
Artists are essential. What can you do to support Kingston’s artists?
ASK your artist friends and neighbours how they are doing and how you can help. Get to know Kingston’s amazing creative community.
ENGAGE with Kingston’s artists by searching #ygkarts on social media. Follow, share, subscribe, comment, and show them some love!
BUY local art if you have the means to do so. Attend virtual performances and film screenings, purchase books by Kingston authors and poets, take online classes and workshops, buy and enjoy local music, and give Kingston-made art and crafts as gifts. (Join our Executive Director Kirsi in her commitment to only purchase or make local art as gifts in 2021, and use the hashtag #onlyygkarts to share what you give and receive!)
VISIT our local galleries and arts retailers, when it is safe to do so. Check out the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning’s comprehensive guide of Kingston’s art galleries and other places to enjoy and purchase the incredible work of our local artists: https://www.tettcentre.org/blog/showcasing-your-artwork-locally
LEARN about how artists are faring in the pandemic and envisioning the future of the arts by taking a look at these recent survey results and viewing the insightful and inspiring artist presentations from our December 4 Essential Arts event.
READ about the Basic Income movement to learn how a Basic Income program would help artists and other precarious workers, and consider signing the petition in support of Bill C-273, Canada’s first Basic Income bill.
EMAIL Kingston’s MP Mark Gerretsen and MPP Ian Arthur to voice your concerns, support, and ideas for how our governments can better support artists.
REACH OUT to us to learn more about how you can help.
Learn more about KAC's Artists are Essential Campaign here.