Local community organizations invited to ‘tell their stories’ at Kingston City Hall

Photo by Joselito Ochotorena.

The City of Kingston invites community organizations to “tell their stories in their own words” in a newly available exhibit space at City Hall. The City’s Your Stories, Our Histories program will feature stories of the people, events or groups that have shaped Kingston.

According to a release from the City of Kingston, Your Stories, Our Histories (YSOH) started as a public engagement process in 2018 to address the legacy of Sir John A Macdonald and foster community discussions about how and by whom Kingston’s stories are told. The program is now evolving to offer free exhibit space at City Hall for the community to tell their stories.

“Your Stories, Our Histories began with community conversations to understand which stories are underrepresented or less known within Kingston’s cultural heritage,” said Miranda Riley, Acting Curator for the City’s Heritage Services department. “We’re excited to expand the program to reflect a broader range of community voices and experiences.”

YSOH exhibits will reportedly last approximately eight months to one year and will be installed each spring. The City of Kingston said it will provide exhibition space at no charge. There is currently one small exhibition space to display written stories and physical items.

Applications for the program and exhibit will be accepted on a rolling basis. According to the release, a general theme, story, or message is required for the application, but exhibit text does not need to be finalized to apply. Applicants will work with City staff to develop and edit exhibition text.

A sample exhibit at City Hall showcasing information about conserving artifacts through a partnership with Queen’s University Conservation program. Photo via the City of Kingston.

Interested groups can find more information about the project and apply on Get Involved Kingston. City staff will select the first applicant in early December 2023 and install the exhibit in spring 2024.

YSOH community exhibits are connected to a priority in Kingston’s Strategic Plan to drive inclusive economic growth by fostering culture, history, education, arts and recreation, according to the City.

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