In collaboration with Red Tree artists – Dubpoet Klyde Broox and printmaker Ingrid Mayrhofer – Hamilton City Staff designed 20 banners for public display on King William Street, aka the “Art Walk.”
Sometimes the public seems to forget how substantially public workers contribute to the well-being of our city. This workplace arts project offered an opportunity for city workers to explore their creativity and to remind the community that public employees provide reliable, effective and efficient daily services that directly improve the welfare of many community members, maintain essential infrastructure, and beautify public spaces.
Public employees are community members too, they are also home and property owners who pay taxes and rely on the services that the jobs of public employees provide. Public space is their work place! The project was inspired by the awesome installation job performed by Kevin and Anthony (see pix on this page) for ArtMatch, our contribution to the PanAM Games in collaboration with centre3 for print and media arts in 2015.
Participants include City of Hamilton staff as well as members of CUPE 5167 who may not be employed by the city. Some of the workshops welcomed children whose prints reflect on their parents’ jobs.
Exercising their creative rights, the following city workers (and family) contributed to the banners with poems, relief prints, monoprints and collages: TAMMY ROSS | DEB STRINGER | BRIGITTE MINARD | PATRICIA EYRE | WENDY ARIENS-TOMES | JULIA VAN DER LAAN DE VRIES | ANNA D’AMBROSIO | TIFFANY SINGH | KARA BUNN | ROBB ELLISON | PAULA KROCHAK | ALISON TAYLOR-LAPLANTE | ROBERTA SEALY | VIOLA MUELLER | DREW HOLLANDER | KRISTIN MONTOYA and SARA | JEN MILLER | COURTNEY SCHLITT | CHERYL MARK | ERIN SHACKLETTE | SANDRA WALKER | NIGEL GIBSON | BRENDA | CONNOR ADKINS | STEVE | JOHN and HAILEY | KIMBERLY LINTON | JAIDDEN LINTON
Red Tree artists: KLYDE BROOX | INGRID MAYRHOFER
CUPE 5167 staff: BARRY CONWAY | JODI COVILLE
Supported in part by The Canada Council for the Arts/InterArts office and by the City of Hamilton, we acknowledge the City Enrichment Fund.
Special thanks to Jodi and Barry at CUPE 5167, Public Art Officer Ken Coit, and Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr.