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Hamilton Supercrawl will be super for the kids, too

When Supercrawl kicks off in two weeks there will be lots for young people to do.
The city will see lots of Caribou when the Caribou Charter is unveiled in 15 parks across Hamilton. (Alexsis Karpenchuk/Special)

Supercrawl has gone kid-friendly with special programming aimed at parents and children.

There won’t be any face painting or balloons but the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts has a full schedule of activities and exhibits with a very ambitious goal in mind.

"It’s about raising the consciousness of children of all ages," said Vitek Wincza, Artistic Director of the HCA.

"It’s about connecting elementary school children, high school students and arts apprentices to each other and then back to their community and their environment."

Children of all ages were heavily involved in the planning of most of the exhibits, especially The Caribou Charter, which will be on display on James Street North.

Five-hundred children from 15 locations across the city devised a "Charter of Rights" for parks and playgrounds. They were then tasked with displaying their messages of care and respect for the public parks on the caribou in an artistic way.

"The caribou are symbolic," said Wincza.

"They represent the journey of migration, and environmental consciousness."

Local reclamation artist Dave Hind created life-size aluminum cutouts from recycled scrap metal.

"We wanted to show children that you don’t need money to create great art. You can always participate and be creative," said Wincza.

Some of the organizations that participated are the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club, Today’s Family and the Hamilton/Burlington YMCA.

The family friendly activities will take place between Barton and Murray Streets on Saturday, Sept. 15.


Here’s a list of some of the Family and Cultural Events programming organized by the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts for this year’s Supercrawl.

The Caribou Charter - an installation of 15 recycled aluminum caribous created by artist Dave Hind in collaboration with 500 children.

The Hamilton Public Library will be presenting puppet shows exploring environmental themes. Working with clay to create seed balls — a method of planting used to restore damaged ecosystems around the world.

The Lister Block will feature the Education Challenge, an exhibition of works by elementary and secondary school students that responds to the question, how would you change your neighbourhood, city, country and world?

City Voices at the Factory Media Centre from Sept. 14 to Sept. 16, is an artistic investigation of the theme of city-building through listening, using interviews, sound and video to chronicle the voices of a city in flux.

The HCA is also hosting a Supercrawl field trip (Kidscrawl) for school-aged children on the afternoon of Friday Sept. 14. Classes who have registered for Kidscrawl will have an exclusive opportunity to preview work by local and international visual artists and participate in artistic learning activities.