Member News

YIA grants application is due Friday, October 21st! You can find the link to our guidelines, as well as our application form, on our website here:

Notice of the Annual General Meeting of Orchestras Mississauga/Mississauga Symphony Orchestra is hereby given for Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Staging Room on the second floor of the Living Arts Centre. Please RSVP your attendance by calling 905-615-4405 or emailing

Nova OAC’s online grant application system Nova, the Ontario Arts Council’s (OAC) new online grant application and management system, will be a reality as of mid-December 2016. Beginning mid-December 2016, applicants will be able to apply online to 2017 granting program deadlines. The new application process will be easier for applicants – eliminating the paper-driven steps that included photocopying and postage. This process will be more straightforward, efficient and cost-effective for both applicants and OAC. The OAC currently has 86 granting programs. Under the new funding framework, we are reducing the number of OAC programs in 2017, by 27 per cent. Click here to read the FAQ. As part of our move to online applications, many 2017 program deadlines will shift to new dates. 416-969-7403 | toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7403.

Looking to Volunteer with VAM’s creative community? Email Eldiana to apply and learn of upcoming opportunities with VAM’s programs, events, and exhibitions.

Keep yourself updated. “Be Tech Savvy” with a little help from Century Audio Visual. Audio Visual Technology “News of Interest” #86 – October 1, 2016

The AGM Permanent Collection in the Newly Renovated Vault!  The AGM has recently received a Museum Assistance Program and Collections Management Grant for its Storage Wars project, generously supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage. This project consists of a reorganization and consolidation of its Permanent Art Collection, which supports the communities’ access to a unique collection that is truly reflective of the rich, cultural tapestry of Mississauga! The Storage Wars project allows for fresh ways of engaging both with the collection and the public, and brings AGM Curatorial and Education staff, artists and cultural producers easier access to these culturally significant objects.

PATTERN MIGRATION  – SATELLITE EXHIBITION at SQUARE ONE SHOPPING CENTRE is EXTENDED UNTIL OCTOBER 24! Throughout history ceramic objects decorated with patterns have traveled the world. Moved by mechanisms of trade, colonialism and migration, they serve as portable markers and transmitters of cultural information. Three artists take these objects and their ornamentation as a starting point, creating works that act as emblems of migration, cultural exchange and hybridization. Learn more. Although the Pattern Migration gallery exhibition closed on September 11, you can still check out the satellite installation in the new luxury wing of Square One, across from Holt Renfrew. This exhibition is generously supported by Square One Shopping Centre | Oxford Properties.

Grant Program Peer Assessment Committee: The City of Mississauga is seeking potential assessors for the volunteer peer assessment committee to evaluate culture grant applications. Criteria is in the attached nomination form. All eligible people are encouraged to apply to ensure representation of Mississauga’s cultural and artistic diversity. Deadline to submit application: October 24, 2016 by 4:30 p.m. EST. Click here to download the nomination form. For more information contact

Blues & Roots Radio Announces Head of Operations Ireland and Media Partnership with The Acoustic Yard Festival and Events. Blues and Roots Radio announce David Dee Moore as Head of Operations’s Ireland and a media partnership with The Acoustic Yard Festival and Events, which will broaden the scope of their online presence in Ireland and beyond, the cross promotion of the stations artists and offerings as well as that of The Acoustic Yard Festival and Events.Based in Co. Mayo, Ireland The Acoustic Yard Festival and Events was set up by David Dee Moore to promote song writing with specialized events in Mayo and across Ireland and presents a weekly radio show exclusively on Blues and Roots Radio promoting singer / songwriters from Ireland and beyond

The fall issue of DISPATCH has arrived! The theme is Public Art Commissions. You can access the newsletter on our website or on Scribd.

Write On! Festival happens on Nov. 22. If you are an author and would like to reserve a table spot, the fee is $50.  To reserve a table, please contact

Albino Galloro is searching for the following instruments for purchase: Alto flute Haynes or Powell, Selmer alto Mk Vi or balanced action circa 1960, Tenorsemer Mk Vi or balanced action circa 1960, Flute b foot Haynes or Powell. If you have any of these for purchase please contact Albino at (905)  813-9849

Members of Theatre Ontario save 50% on E-Learning Courses from WorkInCulture. You love theatre, but the abilities that first sparked your love of the stage aren’t the only talents you need. Putting on a show or starting a theatre company takes a whole lot more. That’s why we’ve partnered with Work in Culture to offer Theatre Ontario members 50% off a selection of e-Learning courses that will help you produce like a pro! Here is just one of the six courses available: Partnerships and Collaboration – Create your dream team! Collaboration is essential to personal and professional success, but it’s not always as straightforward (or free from conflict) as we expect. This course will help your next collaboration run smoothly. Learn more about e-Learning courses from WorkInCulture

Check out the various benefits you receive as institutional members of CARFAC Ontario. Click Here for a full list of institutional membership benefits. Also, members of your institution enjoy $10.00 off individual memberships at CARFAC Ontario. To redeem the membership discount, please contact Venessa Harris (Membership & Communications Coordinator) at, who will prepare the discount codes and provide you with a sample letter to send to your members.

The Wine Ladies will soon be embarking on yet another journey, this time to stunning Cape Town and the Cape Winelands, with stops to historical cities and sites including Robben Island, Table Mountain and of course a game reserve! They are thrilled to be heading out to South Africa this February 2017 and would love you to join us! A spectacular tour that will include personalized visits to stunning wineries in the Cape Winelands, amazing culinary adventures, an historic Robben Island personal tour, Table Mountain, exciting jeep game-drives, safari tours and much more! For more details and to book your tour with us visit Integrity Tours or call 416-768-5375

OAC Exhibition Assistance Grants. The AGM is now in its fourth year as Artist Recommender for Exhibition Assistance Grants! This grant assists visual artists, craft artists and media artists with costs directly related to presenting their work in confirmed, upcoming, public exhibitions. We will be reviewing applications after the following deadline January 16, 2017. In addition to the OAC program priorities and criteria, we consider the following in our grant decision-making: Support artists who live and work in the 905/Peel region, in particular Mississauga; Work that demonstrates critical engagement with contemporary practice; Exhibition opportunities that could be characterized as important for the development of the artist’s career; No Toronto artists will be funded through this program. Click here for more information, or contact Laura Carusi at (905)-896-5088

The City of Mississauga wants to make Clarke Memorial Hall more accessible for arts, culture and heritage activities.  Clarke Memorial Hall is available Sunday to Thursday before 4 pm for closed rehearsals for a $50 flat rate fee.  It is also available for events in the evening for $20/hour.  The space can be booked by calling Customer Service at 905-615-4100, 2.  It is booked on a first come, first serve basis and users must agree to standard rental terms and conditions.  For more information, please call Lisa Abbott at 905-615-3200 Ext 4914.

Nisreen Askar has opened up a new studio in Port Credit, offering art classes and workshops for kids and adults. For more information call 647-241-1141.

Announcements / City of Ottawa / Arts Funding Opportunities for Individuals / Ottawa, ON / Deadline Date: Monday, December 12

Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / Past Webinars / Toronto, ON

Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / TOTAL Museum and Fine Arts Services / Member Discounts

Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / “Has the Artist Been Paid?” T-Shirts Available! / Toronto, ON

Announcements / Government of Ontario / Launch of Ontario’s First Culture Strategy

Announcements / Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) / Make It Fair

Announcements / Neighbourhood Arts Network / Cultural Hotspot : My Art, My New Land / Toronto, ON

Announcements / 401 Richmond / 2016 Career Launcher Prize / Toronto, ON

Announcements / Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition / Art Hear at 2016 Exhibition / Toronto, ON

Announcements / Work In Culture / Biz Smarts – Free Webinars / Toronto, ON

 Announcements / Pro Bono Clinic / Connect Legal / Toronto, ON

Announcements / ​4elements Living Arts​ / Northereastern Ontario Surveys

The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto’s (LIFT) MONTHLY eNEWS: September 2016

The Art Gallery of Mississauga is now a part of the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM)! ROAM is a program that allows the AGM to offer reciprocal admission to over 288 museums across the United States and Canada! This benefit is available to patrons of our Friend level memberships and higherMore on ROAM.

ARTSY PARTIES ARE BACK! Throw your kids a party they’ll never forget! Join our artist-instructors as they lead young artists through exciting art projects in our professional studios! Each Artsy Party includes one complementary large cheese pizza from 3 Brothers Pizza.  For details.  Book while supplies last.

Do you have a senior in you life that lives in a senior residence? Tell them about VAM’s ArtReach for Older Adults program which enriches the lives of seniors through engagement in the creative process.

New Ontario Arts Council grants supporting arts managers. The Ontario Arts Council’s Compass program has two new components. Compass is the program that funds capacity-building for organizations and professional development for individuals. Both of the program’s existing components remain.The new categories are:Micro-grants: Professional Development for Arts Managers and Individual arts managers can apply for micro-grants to support management skills training. Deadline to applyNovember 1, 2016. Your activity must begin after the application deadline you are applying to. Also, the activity cannot finish before the results of the program are announced (approx. two months after the deadline). Arts Management Internships Organizations that receive OAC operating funding can apply for a grant to host an arts management intern who is Aboriginal, of colour, Deaf and/or has a disability. Deadline to apply: July 5, 2016. Your activity cannot begin before being notified of whether your application was successful (approx. three months after the deadline).For more information on these new program components – including eligibility criteria, program guidelines and application forms – please visit the Compass page of OAC’s website. For further information contact: Pat Bradley, Theatre, Major Organizations and Compass Officer, 416-969-7433, toll free 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7433.  or Lizzy Braoudakis, Program Administrator, 416-969-7412, toll free 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7412

Sunday Morning Soul:Well firstly we will congratulate Harrison Kennedy on his JUNO Award for Blues Album of The Year! Congratulations go to Jesse O’Brien & Andrew Galloway at Electro-fi Records, too. This week’s Sunday Morning Soul – – we bring you some excellent and brand new Steve Dawson, Janiva Magness, Delta Generators. Sean Pinchin, The California Honeydrops, as well as Angel Forrest, Fiona Boyes and so much more brand new music, you won’t know what to do with yourself! It’s all here, every Sunday morning, afternoon & evening(and all week ,too) For more information on where to send your discs…Johnny Max, C/O Sunday Morning Soul, 2165 Stir Cres., Miss. On, L4Y 3V2 416 902 9801.

Blues & Roots Radio are an Award Winning Global Radio Station streaming 24/7 from Port Credit, Mississauga. Blues and Roots Radio brings you the very best in Blues, Soul, Celtic, Folk, and Roots music streaming across Canada and around the world playing independent artists on
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The Rhythm Team – Jay Boehmer and Charlie Cooley present a unique, dynamic and exciting presentation featuring two drum sets and other percussion instruments. Contact:

Performing Arts Internships 2016: Deadlines for 2016 October 31, 2016. More information can be found here. Click here to view a September 2015 webinar that outlines the application process and offers suggestions about how to make the strongest case in a competitive process.

Seeking Community Theatres for Trial Adjudications. Trial adjudications are our opportunity for us to “audition” new adjudicators – and we need eager community theatres to participate in the process. Learn more about volunteering for Theatre Ontario’s trial adjudications

How to Prepare Effective Support Material for Theatre, Dance and Performance-Based Multi and Inter Arts Grant Applications
Support material documenting your art work is usually the most important part of an effective grant application for the Ontario Arts Council’s (OAC) programs. To help you, we are launching Preparing Effective Support Material for Theatre, Dance and Performance-Based Multi and Inter Arts Grant Applications,  a video featuring tips and advice for the best possible grant application.Topics covered include: How to select and organize the support material for your application; Guidelines around the use of still images and video; What type of support material not to include; How to present examples of dance, theatre and performance-based multi- and inter- arts work, etc

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