As part of the City of Kingston’s Your Stories, Our Histories program, community organizations are encouraged to tell their stories in their own words in a newly available exhibit space at City Hall. Community exhibits within the program will feature stories of the people, events or groups that have shaped 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 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,” says 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 last approximately eight months to one year and will be installed each spring. The City of Kingston will provide exhibition space at no charge. There is currently one small exhibition space to display written stories and physical items.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. 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.
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.