A Letter from the Directors

December 01, 2021membership

Dear friends and members of the Inc.,

As the year draws to a close, we are writing with some updates and exciting opportunities at the Inc.

We put on a lot of terrific programming in 2021, including window activations by Inc. members throughout the winter, a billboard installation by Karice Mitchell, special projects by Janet Marie Rogers and Tara Bursey, an outdoor iteration of Incoming!, our program for refugee, newcomer, and immigrant artists, and so much more. And, after eighteen months, we reopened the gallery with two amazing in-person exhibitions!

Internally, we capped an already momentous year with some major staffing changes. We bid farewell to the wonderful Julie Dring and Jasmine Mander, our past Executive Director and Communications and Outreach Coordinator respectively, each of whom moved on to other pursuits. In June, we welcomed Hamilton-based artist Derek Jenkins as our new Executive Director. Poet, writer, and artist John Hill accepted the brand new position of Public Programs Coordinator. Flush with new energy and excitement for the future, we turned our attention to training and professional development to build capacity as we strive to implement lessons learned from this pandemic. 

We are proud to have nurtured strong relationships with so many artists and community organizations throughout the last several years. We are taking things slowly, regularly consulting with our staff and board to inform onsite safety procedures. For now, all non-exhibition programs will continue online or outdoors. Submissions to our James and Cannon Galleries are on hold as we catch up on all the exhibitions that had to be postponed. We are grateful to the artists for their patience and trust, and can’t wait to share their work with the community. We will continue to accept proposals for special projects on an ongoing basis, and submissions to our Cannon Project Wall will reopen soon.

While we do not have the capacity to host SWARM: our annual members exhibition this year, we are thrilled to announce some unique opportunities exclusively for our wonderful members, in partnership with Factory Media Centre. These include micro grants for artists, artwork documentation appointments, and the opportunity to submit work to FMC’s annual screening

Please save the date for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on February 12, 2022 from 2:00-4:00pm where we will introduce our new staff and provide in-depth updates on all things Inc. Everyone is welcome to attend, and members will be eligible to vote. More details about the AGM will be shared in the new year. 

Many thanks to our amazing members and friends of the Inc. for your continued support.

Abedar Kamgari and Derek Jenkins
Programming Director and Executive Director

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