Interactive exhibit invites intimate exploration and celebration of Kingston

A new interactive exhibition at Kingston City Hall invites residents to discover and rediscover their relationship with Kingston and opens on Tuesday, Jul. 4, 2023. Photo via City of Kingston.

Visitors to the Market Wing Cultural Space at Kingston City Hall are invited to participate in what the City of Kingston is calling a “transformative journey of (self-)discovery and community connection.”

The new exhibit, titled 36 Questions that Lead to Loving Kingston, is designed to build a closer relationship between residents and their city, promises to reveal hidden insights, offer surprises and celebrate all the things that make Kingston unique, according to a release from the City.

“36 Questions that Lead to Loving Kingston offers an immersive experience that leads visitors through an increasingly in-depth and intimate exploration of their connection to Kingston,” said Melissa Cruise, Supervisor of Museum Operations and Collections for the City of Kingston. “Whether you have lived in Kingston your entire life, have recently moved or are just visiting, this exhibition offers a gateway to discovering Kingston and all its many facets.”

Moving through a series of six interactive and fully bilingual stations, visitors are encouraged to have fun, get deep and be honest about what they love about Kingston as well as the challenges they face. According to the release, the exhibition evolves and changes based on the number of participants, so people are invited to take this unique opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings to learn more about themselves and their city, as well as about their family, friends, colleagues, neighbours, and even visitors to Kingston.

The 36 Questions that Lead to Loving Kingston exhibition is open to the public starting today in the Market Wing Cultural Space of Kingston City Hall, located at 216 Ontario Street. Visitors can take it in Mondays through Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visit CityofKingston.ca/CityHallTours for more details.

This exhibition was originated by Myseum of Toronto and was on view from March 19 to Dec. 23, 2022. It has been adapted for Kingston with permission and with the input of Myseum of Toronto staff, the City noted. In response to Kingstonist inquiries as to whether the responses and input of residents through the exhibit will culminate in some sort of publication of the findings/comments/experiences of participants, the City provided the following statement from Colin Wiginton, Director of Arts and Culture Services for the City of Kingston:

“That is the hope. We are partnering with Myseum on a research project to that end. They have used grant funding to engage a firm called Knology out of New York who is working with them to review and summarize the input received during the Toronto run of this exhibition. The City of Kingston is participating in that project as well to learn alongside Myseum in the hopes of being able to report out on, and potentially publish, the input gathered as part of the Kingston version of the exhibit.”

This article has been updated from the original version.

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