The City is thrilled to announce and celebrate seven local artists who will bring their creative talent to the Local Arts Residency at the Kingston Grand Theatre this summer.
First launched in 2021 in response to the pandemic and its impact on the performing arts, the Local Arts Residency has become an annual program delivered by the City’s Arts & Culture Services department. It provides space and support to Kingston artists to explore ideas, create, and nurture new directions in their work.
The 2022 artists-in-residence:
- Jan Le Clair, July 4 - 8 (Regina Rosen Auditorium)
- Melissa Noventa and Zahra Badua-Baffoe, July 4 - 8 (Baby Grand)
- Lydia Wilton, July 11 - 15 (Regina Rosen Auditorium)
- Sophia Fabiilli, Zoë Sweet and Sarah Kitz, July 11 - 15 (Baby Grand)
“We’re thrilled to welcome such a dynamic group of performing artists to the Kingston Grand for the 2022 Local Arts Residency,” says Danika Lochhead, Manager, Arts & Sector Development. “This program is an annual initiative that invests in local artist development and enhances the role of the Kingston Grand as a community, cultural hub.”
This year, 32 applications were submitted through an open call for proposals. The artists-in-residence were selected by a jury consisting of professional artists presented through the City’s Grand OnStage program and included Franco Boni, Miss Emily, and Crazy Smooth. “We extend special thanks to our jury. We know they had difficult decisions to make, and believe their selection captures a diverse range of artistic expressions,” says Lochhead.
The residencies will be documented through photography and videography and shared on the City’s website and social media channels to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the 2022 artists-in-residence.
Last year, nine inaugural artists-in-residence were welcomed into the Kingston Grand Theatre for the first-ever Local Arts Residency and videos were produced to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the residencies and to promote and showcase Kingston artists. Past videos can be viewed on the Kingston Grand Theatre YouTube channel.
Learn more about the Local Arts Residency on the City of Kingston website.