COBRA (Coalition of Black & Racialized Artists Hamilton)

By Kristin Archer

COBRA is a Hamilton-based collective of artists of colour. It has come to our attention that artists of colour are under-represented, both at the grassroots and administrative levels; we seek to offer our perspective as the Hamilton Arts Community begins making strides towards a more complete understanding of the city’s under-served artistic scenes.

Observing a lack in opportunity for non-white artists, the idea for COBRA took shape in 2016 as artists from diverse racial backgrounds – photographers, musicians, playwrights, visual artists, designers – began discussing the challenges they collectively experienced as a racialized community. These artists have all contributed in major ways to Hamilton’s artistic scenes and are considerable components in the growth and popularity of Hamilton’s art and culture (which is now a selling point in drawing people to the city).

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COBRA (Coalition of Black & Racialized Artists Hamilton)

Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (, where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011. She uses her blog and social media presence to promote Hamilton with an emphasis on the local arts & culture scene. Kristin is a major supporter of local music through promoting and booking shows, and hosts “I Heart Hamilton” radio show Fridays 2-3pm on 93.3 CFMU.

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