Art, Anguish, and Real Estate

The Hamilton Art Crawl is an example of artists working together to create something that works for both the arts and the community. The success of the art crawl led to the opening of galleries along Hamilton's historic Main Street. However, the influx of artists and art related spaces has paved the way for price increases and gentrification. As the community gets priced out of its spaces, Stephen Dale explores the relationship between the arts, real estate developers, and the impact on low-income areas.

Stephen Dale is an author and has also worked with CBC Radio, InterPress Service, and NOW Magazine. He has also worked as a freelancer with articles featured in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and many more.

The documentary featured in this episode was produced by Stephen Dale with support from the Ontario Arts Council's media arts program with research by Sarah Hipworth, assitance from Adrian Shuman, and their friends at CFMU-FM.

Image: Street Artist on Artcrawl 2011. James Street North, Hamilton. Victoria Fenner. Used with permission

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