What We Do

The Hamilton Arts Council is the central hub for creating new partnerships among individual artists, organizations, and businesses in our region. Our membership represents a variety of creative disciplines including visual arts, fine craft, theatre, dance, music, and literary arts.

The arts are a vital part of the culture and economy of our city and, as registered charitable arts organization since 1973, the Hamilton Arts Council plays a vital role in strengthening Hamilton's arts and culture communities by making the arts accessible and relevant to the entire community.

Connecting Artists
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.

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

Inspiring Change
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.

Services and Partnerships
The Hamilton Arts Council is currently engaged in the following community initiatives:

livingarts hamilton

LivingArts Hamilton is a professional development project that aims to provide Hamilton artists with the resources they need to advance their careers through knowledge-sharing and storytelling.

Hamilton Arts Week

Hamilton Arts Week is an annual civic celebration of the arts that takes place in June.

Annual Culture Guide

The Culture Guide is distributed for free to the general public and connects audiences across the region with artists, venues and events in Hamilton's culture scene.

Hamilton Literary Awards

Now in its 23rd year, the Hamilton Literary Awards recognize outstanding published works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Culture Days

We serve as the Hamilton regional coordinator of Culture Days, an annual nation-wide celebration of culture that invites everyone to explore, discover and participate in arts and culture.


The Echo Artist Talks series programs locally and nationally recognized artists exhibiting in the area to give talk-back sessions on their process and their work.


A behind the scenes studio tour of the Hamilton region's emerging and established multi-disciplinary artists.


A monthly guided walking tour of the James St. North Art Crawl offering a chance to meet local artists, learn about the arts and culture in Hamilton and the Hamilton Arts Council.