Hamilton-based collective andthenyoudie is comprised of People of Colour, allies of POC, creatives, and artists who seek to share their lived experience through the power of art. With every project, combined with the artist’s own individual experience, they keep five principles in mind: representation, expression, equity, transcendency, and inclusion. The team says: “We seek to change the global artistic and cultural landscape by spearheading a change that finally reflects our perspective and experiences.”
Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (www.ihearthamilton.ca), where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing an influential social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.