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Mississauga Arts Council Announces the Winners of our 2022 MAC MicroGrant Program

Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) is pleased to announce the 11 winners of our 2022 MicroGrants.

This year, MAC is providing $38,000 in funding to 11 recipients across five funding streams. These funds will directly support artist-led projects and initiatives that will positively impact communities in Mississauga. 

“We received nearly 60 applications for our MicroGrants this year. The winning projects stood out for their originality and impact.” noted Susan Durnin, MAC’s Administration Lead, “Our 12 jurors were all struck by the diversity and range of projects across artistic disciplines. Congratulations to all of the winners!” 

This year’s MicroGrant Winners are:

Our ArtsCare Program Development MicroGrant is awarded to Netta Ussyshkin’s project Pocket Art, a six-week therapeutic arts experience open to adults with limited access to art supplies and resources.

The Dance on Film MicroGrant goes to Candace Kumar’s Voyage project that explores Filipina-Canadian women’s strength and vulnerability through reimagined folk dancing including Mindanao fan-dance.

The Dramatic Short Film MicroGrant will support Emily Ryder’s short film Mothering, which explores coping with trauma and the expectation put upon women to always act nurturing and motherly even while facing abuse.

The two-part Theatre in the Park MicroGrant goes to Za Hughes’ project, Ghost Light, where audiences gather at dusk for a tour of spirits and ghosts in a live, interactive, and immersive theatre experience at J.C. Saddington Park.

The Matchmaker MicroGrant funding stream will provide $2000 in matching funds to seven (7) exciting and entrepreneurial artist-led projects and help grow the local arts economy. The winners are:

Anna Wojcik, who’s opera recital will be open to Mississauga locals and feature exciting operatic excerpts, piano transcriptions of famous opera scenes, and intimate songs.

Former Mississauga Poet Laureate Anna Yin’s Haiku workshops will combine in-person walks and virtual writing workshops focusing on building creative and resilient communities. The first nature walk starts June 25, 2022 and the workshops run throughout the summer.

Imagine the Pain the Land Must Carry, is an exhibition by Jayda Hope. Running July-September 2022, it explores the heartache felt by the land due to violence against Black and Indigenous peoples because of colonization and modernization.

Manahil Bandukwala’s project A Woman Wide Awake is a collection of folktales, poems, and sculptures created by two sisters as part of the art project, Reth aur Reghistan.

Local songwriter Mauve is creating a visually moving music video showcasing local Mississauga dancers for her song Dream State from her debut album of the same name.

Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble is the recipient of a Matchmaker MicroGrant to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and fund their conductor as rehearsals resume.

The creation of Pilar America’s Spanish Guitar Album that combines the essence of classical music with the evocative sounds of flamenco.

Each winning MicroGrant project will have a public presentation so that audiences in Mississauga can experience these engaging arts initiatives. Stay tuned for more information on these events by visiting

“Our impactful MicroGrant program is made possible through the support of RAMA Gaming House and Mississauga Charitable Gaming Association through their community partner volunteer program.” says Mike Douglas, MAC’s Executive Director, “Through the support of our dedicated volunteers, we are able to raise these invaluable funds that support local artist-led projects through our MicroGrant program.”

Help raise more funds for artist-led projects by signing up as a Charitable Gaming Volunteer with MAC!

This is an invaluable way you can support local artists and create an impact in our community. Shifts are 2 hours in length and the work is straightforward customer-facing duties. Learn more by emailing Sherri Murray, MAC’s Communications Producer:

About MAC’s Microgrant Program:

MAC’s dynamic and impactful MicroGrant program provides funding for artist-led projects which have a pronounced and impactful connection to the public and bring recognition and increased awareness to the arts across the city.
These MicroGrants are made possible through sponsor contributions and MAC’s own fundraising efforts. Learn more:

About MAC:

Mississauga Arts Council is a registered charity, dedicated to accelerating progress toward the attainment of our Vision of Mississauga, as a vibrant cultural community where arts and culture thrive! Our mission is to empower the Arts Economy by Creating more opportunities & capacity; Connecting artists to audiences and each other; and Celebrating artists’ achievements. Learn more:

About Mississauga Charitable Gaming Association:

Mississauga Charitable Gaming Association is the gateway to helping over 49 local charities in Mississauga raise much needed funds for their groups. Funds raised through C Gaming at RAMA Mississauga, stay in our community. So while you are having a night out with family and friends you are also supporting these fabulous groups! Learn more:

MAC’s impactful MicroGrant program is made possible through the support of RAMA Gaming House and Mississauga Charitable Gaming Association.