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City of Hamilton Mayor's Poetry Challenge - Calling All Poets

As part of the Mayor's Poetry City Challenge, the City of Hamilton is seeking a Hamilton resident to open the April 22nd Council meeting at City Hall with a reading of an original poem. The purpose of the challenge is to recognize April as National Poetry Month and celebrate poetry, writing, small presses and the contribution of poets to cultural life in Canada. Last year 45 communities from Whitehorse to St. John's took part.

Clarification: The Call for Original Poetry advertised in the Hamilton Community Newspapers and The View on Thursday, March 19th stated that a poem submitted as part of the Mayor's Poetry Challenge should be unpublished. This was an error. Poems must be original, solely written by you, but can be either published or unpublished.

Poems submitted to Hamilton’s Call for Original Poetry can be any style, but must have a strong connection to the theme “Hamilton”; the places and events – its past, present, future, the neighbourhood you live in, places you visit, the cultural aspects… whatever inspires you!

Click here for Submission Rules and Instructions

Deadline for submissions 4:00 pm, Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Notification of poem selection: Week of April 13, 2015
Reading at Council meeting: Wednesday April 22, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Contact: Pam Mulholland
Tourism and Culture Division
City of Hamilton
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 4270

For more information on the nationwide Mayor's Poetry City Challenge:
Click here for Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge 2015 – FAQ Sheet or visit
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Current Project Status: Announcing Hamilton's Cultural Plan Roundtable

The City of Hamilton is very pleased to announce the inaugural Cultural Plan Roundtable.  The 12 members were selected by a cross-corporate selection committee from a pool of over 60 applicants.

The Cultural Roundtable strives to build community capacity and a shared responsibility for culture. 

The Chair of the Roundtable is Jeremy Freiburger and the Vice-Chair is Jeff Hamblin. 

For all member names and biographies, download “Cultural Roundtable Biographies” (PDF).

For details on the Roundtable’s mandate, download the "Cultural Roundtable: Terms of Reference" (PDF).

The Roundtable will develop a committee work-plan and will advise City staff on upcoming priorities including the Cultural Report Card.

Cultural Plan Approved

The culmination of the Love Your City project is the City of Hamilton’s Cultural Plan, which was presented at the General Issues Committee (GIC) on October 16, 2013 and approved by Council on October 23, 2013.

Focus will now shift to implementation with the preparation of detailed work-plans and the assembly of a Cultural Roundtable to oversee the plan.

What Is Culture - Conversation Starter Video

What is Culture and Why Does it Matter? (Video opens in YouTube) (Transcript pdf) 
This video acts as a conversation starter and raises awareness about the importance of Culture in Hamilton. The video was developed by local animation company, Topic Simple and features local musical talent, The Rest. 

Phase 3 - Draft Cultural Plan

Public Workshop - Transforming our City through CultureThe final Public Workshop was held on Monday, May 13, 2013. More than 130 people attended the two workshops.

Phase 2 - Cultural Policy

Phase 2 resulted in the development of Hamilton’s Cultural Policy. The policy is based on broad community engagement. More than 2,100 citizens were engaged. The vision statement for culture was written, word for word, by the Citizens’ Reference Panel.

Report to Council (PED12117) - June 20, 2012 (pdf)
This document includes:

  • Cultural Policy Report (PED12117)(City Wide)
  • Appendix A –Citizen’s Reference Panel Report
  • Appendix B – Cultural Policy

Citizen's Reference Panel Video (opens in YouTube)
This video explains one key process used in phase 2 to engage citizens as input into the Cultural Policy.

Phase 1 - Community Profile - Cultural Mapping

Phase 1 involved the development of a baseline inventory of Hamilton’s cultural assets using a process called cultural mapping. The cultural mapping work produced a systematic database and spatial mapping of cultural resources in Hamilton using the City’s GIS system, and also provides a tool for continuously updating and expanding this data. The OCC Phase 1 Report makes recommendations on how the City can implement cultural mapping as part of ongoing planning and economic development efforts. 

Report to Council (CS10057) - June 18, 2010 (pdf)
All recommendations were approved by Council (Read minutes)

Appendix A - OCC Phase 1 Report - May 1, 2010
Report produced by AuthentiCity for the Culture Division, Community Services Department, City of Hamilton.

"This report is quite simply the best example of this work that I have seen in any country in the world to date. And, I have seen a great many in 5 continents.
Colin Mercer Internationally respected consultant and cultural planning pioneer.

OCC Phase 1 Report - documents are Adobe Acrobat format (pdf)


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