The Expressing Vibrancy project arose out of CoBALT Connects' past and current consultation work. After noting the term "vibrant communities" used often in municipal cultural planning documents - and always as a desired end goal of the work of cultural planning - it became clear that without a working definition and a set of tools to reach that end goal, the plans were incomplete.
Through the support of the Government of Ontario's Creative Communities Prosperity Fund, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and MITACS, and partnerships with McMaster University's Dr. Jim Dunn, Acting Chair in the Department of Health, Aging and Society, McMaster's LIVE Performance Lab, the City of Hamilton, and the Center for Community Study, Expressing Vibrancy commenced the summer of 2013, and will capture a year's worth of research and data on eight of Hamilton's neighbourhoods.
Expressing Vibrancy is now in it's final stages with an incredible about of unique data to share. The proejct has been selected as one of the key note presentations for the 2015 National Business Improvement Area Conference, and has been published in numerous magazines across Canada.
CoBALT Consultation was selected as the implementation partner for the City of Burlington’s Public Art Program through a competitive RFP process. Following the program’s launch in 2010, CoBALT Consultation has overseen the commissioning and installation of over $500,000 in public art. This work includes policy development, program administration, development of “call to artists” documents and management of the jury review process.
Working with City staff, artists and residents, CoBALT Consultation uses its unique approach to community consultation to develop public art projects that are both reflective of the community and of high artistic merit. This has allowed us to attract numerous community partners and donors to continue to drive projects forward.
Currently the program is preparing to launch a unique community mural program that was deisgned in consultation with local artists. It combines crowd sourced sites by the public, local artist commissions, mentorship and a resource development component to enhance Burlington artists in future public art calls.
CoBALT Consultation led a complete program review of the City of Hamilton’s municipal arts awards program in 2010. This process included: national benchmarking research, public consultation, program recommendations and eventually, the implementation of a new program.
CoBALT Consultation is now a partner in delivering the Arts Awards, which has seen an incredible increase in municipal funding, nominations, sponsorship and event attendance. Through innovative partnerships and effective communication CoBALT Consultation and City of Hamilton are leveraging the full assets of the community to ensure that local artists are recognized for their contributions to the City of Hamilton.