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.

Our Mission

We facilitate relationships between artists, business and government in the areas of research, planning, skills development and advocacy.

Our Vision

We envision an arts community that is professionally sustainable, innovative, diverse and impactful.

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.