Arts Route Membership

Join a regional art and cultural route that stretches throughout Hastings County, connecting artists, artisans, galleries and theatres.  Whether its pottery, fibre arts, woodworking, or performing arts, the Arts Route showcases its communities’ most talented visual and performing artists.

The Arts Route is a membership-driven initiative that began in 2011 as a result of Hastings County’s Tourism Master Plan. It focuses on marketing its members to visitors traveling in our region, and assists its members in attracting new clients.  Through partnerships with local destination marketing organizations, there is a wealth of marketing opportunities that members benefit from as a collective group.
Arts Route members will be profiled on the new online interactive map, which will feature artists' business information, photos, videos, and display their location within Hastings County.  Check out our new website at
Membership Benefits:
  • Member profile listed on the online interactive map,
  • A window cling featuring the Arts Route logo to display at your gallery/storefront,
  • A high-resolution Arts Route logo file to use on your own marketing materials, including your website, brochures, social media, etc.,
  • Rack cards to promote the Arts Route,
  • Member profile features on Hastings County's blog and social media, and
  • Promotion of members' profiles as featured articles on Hastings County's blog and marketed through our social media channels.
There is no fee/cost to be a member of the Arts Route, but there are requirements that businesses/organizations must meet in order to be accepted as a member.
Criteria to Participate:
  1. Offer a tangible tourist experience primarily derived from original and authentic work of local visual and professional performing artists and artisans including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, pottery, jewellery, photography, glass, ceramics, weaving, blacksmithing, tapestry, carving and live theatre. 
  2. Must be a business located within Hastings County, including the Cities of Belleville & Quinte West.
  3. Must be market-ready:
    • Provide accessibility to washrooms within walking distance,
    • Signage (clear signage of name of studio/artist/business),
    • Parking within walking distance,
    • Healthy and safe environment,
    • If business has a web presence (i.e. website, blog, social media), it must link to the Arts Route webpage from the business site,
    • Post consistent hours of operation and adhere to them; advertising "by appointment only" is acceptable,
    • Be open for at least six (6) consecutive months in a year or more, and
    • Be able to provide Proof of Liability Insurance for at least $2 million coverage.

Please complete the following application form in order to become a member of the Arts Route.

Contact Us:
Carly Freeman
Tourism Development Coordinator

235 Pinnacle Street, P.O. Bag 4400, Belleville, Ontario, K8N 3A9

Phone: 613.966.6712 | 866.321.9563
Fax: 613-966-7654 |

* 1. Contact Information for Owner/Main Contact Person

* 2. Business Information for Arts Route Website/Marketing (provide n/a for those you do not have)

* 3. Please provide a description of your business: (Note: this description will be used as the description for your business on the website, ensure that it tells the story you'd like the public to read)

* 4. Describe your business/organization:

* 5. Can you provide proof of Liability Insurance for $2 million by May 30th? (Note: proof of insurance is required for membership)

* 6. What type(s) of art do you display to the public? (check all that apply)

* 7. What are your hours of operation? (Accepted hours may also include "by appointment only", but you must indicate which days of the week and times of day you accept appointments.  You must also indicate if you are seasonal or year-round; note: to be a member you must be open at least six consecutive months in the year.)