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© 2020 Hamilton Arts Council and/or the indiviudal featured artists. All rights reserved. Hamilton Arts Council is a not for profit charitable organization. Registered charity number 118951425RR0001

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Our Mission

To communicate, advocate and mediate for the arts and the role of the arts in the community of Hamilton.

Our Vision

The Hamilton Arts Council exists to strengthen the role of the arts and culture in the City of Hamilton by making the arts accessible and relevant to the entire community.

Our Values

1. We value all members of Hamilton’s diverse creative communities.
2. We believe that the arts in Hamilton are made stronger through collaboration.
3. We hold that our Artists provide a critical creative dialogue essential to the ongoing social and economic health of the community.


The Hamilton Arts Council serves and supports the arts sector by:

Providing a communications network linking the broad spectrum of arts organizations and artists

Facilitating cooperative efforts of arts communities and organizations in the areas of research, planning, fundraising and skills development

Promoting and protecting the arts sector through effective representation and advocacy

Connecting individual artists with shared interests to mutually supportive peer working groups, committees, guilds, forums and other associations

Encouraging collective efforts to foster public interest in the arts and broaden opportunities for citizens

Our print resources, e-newsletters, and social media network connect artists to venues, venues to audiences, and audiences to businesses. These connections benefit our thriving creative community.

Our volunteer committees work together on initiatives across artistic disciplines, from Literary Arts toTheatre, incorporating a multidisciplinary approach to Arts Education.

As an expert on issues that impact artists and their organizations, we promote and protect the arts through research, public outreach, and advocacy at City Hall.


Founded in 1969 and incorporated in 1973, the Hamilton Arts Council is the second-largest and one of the oldest community arts councils in Ontario. Originally known as the Hamilton & Region Arts Council and later Arts Hamilton, we have a long history of supporting local arts and culture through publication, advocacy and community partnerships.



We are an affiliate member of Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO), a professional provincial arts service organization that fosters the network and supports the growth and development of artist directed organizations engaged in contemporary cultural practice.

We are also members of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and work to integrate the voice of arts into the greater prosperity of Hamilton’s economy. Our membership also allows us to extend the Chamber’s group health benefits to professional artists and arts organizational members of the Hamilton Arts Council.