Singer and MAC member Arlene Paculan performing at the MAC Annual General Meeting.

Every year, Mississauga Arts Council’s Annual General Meetings take place in settings that reflect our connection to the city’s creative communities. On March 27 2018, our Annual General Meeting was held in the heart of the city ⎯ Mississauga Civic Centre’s Great Hall ⎯ a place where the municipal government, community organizations and the general public all come together.

2017 was a good year for MAC, and we shared our top accomplishments with Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Member of Provincial Parliament (Mississauga East—Cooksville) and Minister of Seniors Affairs Dipika Damerla, and many of our artist members and groups.

The evening took off with Mayor Crombie sharing inspiring words on the future of arts in Mississauga, as well as the impact MAC has on different communities in the city.

“Investing in the arts is investing in our economy. The arts are not a ‘frill’, but a sound economic investment that has both hard and soft rates of return. You can’t necessarily quantify the “cool” factor of a city, but you know it when you see it and you can feel it. Part of what MAC is helping us do is shape the identity of Mississauga as more than just a suburb that is a great place to raise a family,” said Crombie.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie at Mississauga Arts Council’s Annual General Meeting.

As many applauded Crombie’s statements, she went on to say to say, “you have a lot to be proud of – from the MARTY Awards on May 10th to programs like Culture Lab and open mic nights at the LAC, MAC is engaging people of all ages in the arts in an innovative and forward-thinking way.”

MPP Dipika Damerla also took to the stage to share her appreciate for the arts community in Mississauga. As the Minister of Seniors Affairs, Damerla lauded MAC’s programs and efforts to engage senior artists at events like Paint Your Passion.

We also bid farewell to the former president of our Board of Directors, Brian Crombie.

MAC’s Executive Director Mike Douglas and former President Brian Crombie.

“For the last seven years, MAC has been fortunate to have his creative energy and ability to build connections applied to our initiatives, and we wish him the best for the future,” said MAC’s Executive Director, Mike Douglas. 

After speeches from dignitaries, the formal part of the meeting began. Board members went through the minutes, members voted, and three new additions to the Baord of Directors were elected: Randy Persaud, Ray Mikkola, and Cobi Ladner.

In 2018, MAC expects to do a better job of reaching out to all artists and creatives. We’re planning on setting up a small grant fund, offering networking events and a lot more. To learn more about our accomplishments in 2017 and our plans for 2018, please check out our 2017 Annual Report here.

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