• Did You Just Profile Me? The How Part 3

    June 11, 2015 by Tanya Goncalves

    Well, we've done it. As the end of my Co-Op with the Hamilton Arts Council approaches, so does my informative blog posts about the importance of Member Profiles. But before I go there is just one  more thing I have to talk about: posting your work to the Member Gallery.

    The Gallery link directly under upcoming Events is a very quick and easy way to showcase some of your most memorable and stunning work. It doesn't have to be visual art either. You can have audio or video in your Gallery. Putting some of your work up on your profile is easy, just click 'Add Gallery Item' at the top of the page (see below) and then just select the type of media you would like to upload. 


    Follow the prompts from whichever option you have clicked and then hit save; you're done! Many of our member artists have uploaded Soundcloud items along with YouTube videos in addition to photographs and images. It makes for a great way to showcase your work no matter what medium you're into.

    I hope this series of posts have helped all of you. It was certainly a pleasure to bring this series to you over the blog and I hope you've all learned something that will benefit the growth and development of your organization. Thank you so much for reading!

    If you have any more questions on how to set up or use your Profile as a member of the Hamilton Arts Council the staff are always willing to answer your questions so contact them at info@hamiltonartscouncil or call 905.481.3218

  • Turning Red Lights Green: Introducing Hamilton Arts Week

    May 29, 2015 by Stephanie Vegh

    Not so long ago, while sitting idle in stalled city traffic, I saw something I’d seen many times before, and will likely keep seeing time and again.

    You’ve probably seen it too – that driver, alone behind the wheel, performing a drum solo on his steering wheel.

    And this drum solo was truly epic. Hands furious with rhythm, head bobbing and shaking, the occasional crash of hovering air cymbal. This man – maybe a musician but more likely not – was fully immersed in the music seeping from his car stereo, filling a pause in time with a head-thrashing, arm-flailing performance for no one but himself.

    That energy is what Hamilton Arts Week aims to unleash. All Hamiltonians have that creative spark that won’t hold still for any red light. Hamilton Arts Week is all about helping everyone connect with that spark, either as a renewal of interest or a discovery made for the first time.

    Culture doesn’t just happen in on the buzzing streets of our monthly Art Crawl. It can be more intimate. It can happen outside the downtown core. Our schedule of events for this first-ever Hamilton Arts Week collects a dizzying range of artistic activity taking place across our city. You’ll find orchestral music in Dundas, jazz in Ancaster, child-friendly arts activities in Gage Park on top of the many other exhibitions, performances, literary readings, workshops and open studios to be experienced throughout the week.

    This is an outstanding year to be launching Hamilton Arts Week, at a time when the City of Hamilton has increased its investment in the arts for the first time since the turn of the millennium. Now more than ever, the arts are receiving their due recognition as a transformative force in our city. Increased funding will go a long way to help the arts thrive for years to come, but unlike that solo air drummer in his car, the arts need an audience to truly come alive.

    For this first year of Hamilton Arts Week, my challenge to all of you is simply this – to find one new experience from the many on offer, perhaps in a neighbourhood other than your own, and experience something in the arts that will ignite that spark of excitement and make you wonder what else Hamilton has waiting to be discovered. That first step may well be the green light leading down many creative roads in the years to come.

  • Did You Just Profile Me? The How Part 2

    April 29, 2015 by Tanya Goncalves

    Hello everyone! I hope you all have taken the time to read my other blog posts HERE and HERE.

    Today we move forward from the Profile and venture toward a new horizon: Newsfeed. After you have finished filling out all the information that you want in your Profile and have saved, click on Newsfeed. (Please make sure the edit tab is still clicked)

    Once you do that, you will see a Facebook and Twitter icon. You have the chance to connect the two by simply clicking the link that says 'Link Facebook (or Twitter) now'. Having Facebook, Twitter, or both enabled will enhance your Member Profile by giving visitors fresh content and information about you and your organization. However, if you do not have a Facebook or Twitter to link there is the option to get rid of the newsfeed link entirely. Here's how you do that: 

    1) When you are in edit mode you have the power to configure the 6 side links that you have on your profile. Simply hover over them and a gear icon will appear.

    2) Please click on that. Once you do, there will be 3 drop down links. The very first link, 'List links' is the one that you want to click. 

    3)  You will be brought to this page, take note to only the Newsfeed link. What you want to do is just unselect the enabled box and press 'save configuration'. Once you've done that the newsfeed link will no long be active and you have disabled it!

    Now, for those who have a Facebook and/or Twitter and want to link their profiles to their Hamilton Arts Council profile. First, make sure you are in edit mode and have already clicked newsfeed.

    1) All you want to do  is click the options 'Link Facebook now/Link Twitter now' and then  follow the prompts afterward. 

    After you have followed the all the required prompts and have finished linking Facebook or Twitter you have finished filling out the newsfeed link!  Thank you so much for reading! 



  • Did You Just Profile Me? The How Part 1

    April 23, 2015 by Tanya Goncalves

    So in my previous article I explained what a Member Profile is and the importance of one. If you missed it you can find it HERE. Today, I will be talking about the steps of how to edit and perfect your Member Profile. So without further ado, let's get started!                   

    1) The very first thing you want to do is... login. You really can't do much if you aren't logged in! You should have received a username and password from the Hamilton Arts Council when you first became a member or when you renewed your membership. However, if you did NOT receive an email I highly advise that you email our operations officer, Stephen Near for more information.                                          


    2) Next, click on 'Directory'. This link will take you to where all the member profiles are located. The directory has a search bar and search by category so locating your organization's profile will be easy peasy. 


    3) Like I mentioned in step 2, there is a easy search bar that is accessible. Once you find yourself, click the 'VIEW PROFILE' tab. 


    4) Here is where it gets fun. This image is what your profile would look like if you haven't already done some editing. (Alison Sawatzkys' profile is the example I will be using throughout this tutorial.) Anyway, the 6 links on the left hand side are vital to your profile. Those are the links that connect you to curious clients or customers. But for now the most important link in this step is the edit link.



    5) Directly after clicking 'Edit' the option to edit your profile description will be the first thing you see. The area where I pointed out is where you write a short or long description. What ever you choose to write about your organization will be displayed here. Please take the time to write this because this is really important! Also make sure you do in fact press the save button, I can't remember how many times I've written something and then didn't press save...THE HORROR!     

    After you have finished writing the perfect description and have clicked 'save' you have just become one step closer to having full Member Profile! Next time we will be tackling the next link, 'Newsfeed'. Thanks for reading everyone! 


  • The Accessibility of Art

    April 22, 2015 by Elizabeth Abraham

    Spring is here!  This is a time of year that I associate with many happy things, most particularly getting outdoors and exploring what our great city has to offer.  Monthly Art Crawls on James Street North are at the top of my list.

    One thing that I’ve struggled with at Art Crawls past is purchasing pieces of art to take home with me.  I’m a person whose background is mostly in musical performance, with no formal training in visual arts.  One of my biggest regrets was never taking an Art History course during my schooling.  This has in the past made me feel somewhat self-conscious about what constitutes good art. I’ve historically been drawn to abstract paintings, sculptures and mixed media that incorporate vibrant colours, geometric shapes and textures, but I find it difficult to articulate why I’m attracted to these elements, and if these pieces could be considered “good art”.

    I recently came across a post on my Facebook news feed about a working class couple from New York who had amassed a priceless contemporary art collection over several decades.  In reading the article, I discovered that the couple had been the subject of a 2008 documentary entitled Herb & Dorothy, which detailed Herb and Dorothy Vogel’s infamy in the New York art world as unassuming collectors of modest means.  Herb worked as a Postal Clerk, Dorothy as a Librarian, and both made a pact that Dorothy’s salary would go towards the couple’s living expenses, while Herb’s would be entirely devoted to acquiring pieces of art.

    The couple had no formal training in art collecting, but they had simple rules: the piece had to be affordable, transportable via taxi or subway, and small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment.

    The Vogels gravitated toward Minimalist and Conceptual art in the 1960’s at a time when both were unpopular, and Pop Art was on the rise.  They purchased pieces from unknown artists according to what they liked, rather than collect works based on who or what was popular.  They eventually donated their entire collection to the National Gallery in Washington in 1992, which was where they spent their honeymoon decades earlier.

    Artist Richard Tuttle was an interview subject in the film, and perfectly encapsulated what Herb and Dorothy’s process was for selecting works of art: “Something goes from the eye to the soul without going through the brain.”

    Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki, who spent a great deal of time with the couple in preparing the documentary, summed up best what I enjoyed about Herb and Dorothy: “One of the greatest lessons I learned from Herb and Dorothy is that you don’t have to explain, you don’t have to theorize art to like it.  The important thing is to look.”

    After viewing this documentary in full, I honestly feel more motivated than ever to go out and acquire pieces without feeling the need to explain why I love them.  In the words of artist Lucio Pozzi, “Art is not something you have to explain, but feel.”

    With that I say support our local artists, buy what you love, and happy hunting!

    Elizabeth S. Abraham is a Family and Criminal Lawyer at Wasserman Law Firm in downtown Hamilton.  She currently sits on the Board of Directors at Hamilton Arts Council and Wesley Urban Ministries.