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MAC’s Programs

We spark the growth of the arts by creating opportunity and connection between artists and residents in Mississauga and beyond. Our programs help creatives build their artistic and entrepreneurial capacity and connect artists to more audiences and each other.

MAC’s programs serve the interest of all major creative arts categories supporting opportunities for professional artists in Mississauga. From professional development webinars and workshops to live performance opportunities, from visual art exhibitions to dance films, and spoken word performances to song writing contests, we aim to build programs that will help the city’s arts sector thrive!

Our programs are designed to:

  • – Support professional creatives across all artistic disciplines
  • – Build ongoing interest, participation, and support for the local arts sector
  • – Initiate career development programs aimed at developing arts business skills
  • – Assist in transitioning artists online and enabling their digital capacity growth
  • – Deliver more publicly accessible In-person and virtual creative events.

Current Programs

Murals with MAC

Murals with Mac is a neighbourhood beautification project. Facilitating relationships between artists and community partners, MAC is helping to redefine traditional approaches to public art and provide paid opportunities for local artists, to create, connect, and celebrate unexpected spaces throughout the city of Mississauga!

MAC MicroGrants

MAC’s dynamic and impactful MicroGrant program provides financial support and opportunities for artists to create projects which have a pronounced and impactful connection to the public, and bring recognition and increased awareness to the arts across the city.

Sauga Teens Got Talent

Sauga Teens Got Talent is a yearly juried singing competition for teenagers aged 13-19 hosted by Streetsville Bread and Honey Festival, produced by Mississauga Arts Council, sponsored by Metalworks Studios and Metalworks Institute.

TD Culture Lab: Webinar Series

Sponsored by TD Bank Group and presented by Mississauga Arts Council, TD Culture Lab is a series of professional development webinars designed specifically for the creative sector in Mississauga. The series of FREE webinars feature leading professionals and will cover topics like Brand Development and Marketing, Finances for Artists, Grant Writing, Movie Making on a Budget, and Music Promotion.

MAC Arts Cafe – Online Open Mic

Since July 2020, our monthly MAC Arts Cafe – Online Open Mics – hosted by award-winning singer/songwriter, Heather Christine – have been a great opportunity for performers to showcase their talents during the COVID-19 pandemic. MAC Arts Cafe features emerging and established Mississauga talents including singers, musicians, spoken word artists, poets, and more. Arts Cafe reaches over 23,900 people with over 7,200 views across Facebook & YouTube.

Artists Online: Transitioning to Digital Marketing

This program enable artists to develop their professional stories through engaging artist introduction videos. Participants will learn scriptwriting and film basics through masterclasses, and will write and direct their own artist introduction videos to be premiered on Martys HUB in fall 2021. Applications are now open!

Sauga’s Summer Song Contest

Mississauga Arts Council and Metalworks Studios, present Sauga’s Summer Song Contest, with media partner Mississauga Music. This contest looks for musicians to share their hot new summer song for a chance to win a recording and mixing session at Metalworks Studios, Canada’s premium recording studio.

Martys Hub

Martys Hub is an online destination for artists and the public, featuring artist profiles in a searchable directory, news, events, articles, videos, and more. Founded in 2021, and initiated by the Mississauga Arts Council, Martys Hub offers engaging online encounters between professional artists in Mississauga and the community.

Amphitheatre Unplugged

Brought to you through a partnership between Mississauga Arts Council and Mississauga Celebration Square, Amphitheatre Unplugged is Mississauga’s Outdoor Open Mic. Featuring emerging and established Mississauga talent including singers, musicians, dancers, spoken word artists, poets, comedians and more performing for thousands of spectators.

Sauga Music NOW

The Sauga Music NOW series are online concerts and interviews created to highlight emerging musical talents in a live-production format, streamed and/or premiered on MAC’s YouTube channel.

Program News & Updates

Mississauga Arts Council and Metalworks Studios announce the winner of the 2022 Sauga’s Summer Song Contest!

Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) and Metalworks Studios with media partner Mississauga Music are pleased to announce the winner of the 2022 Sauga’s Summer Song Contest. We searched across Mississauga to…

TD Culture Lab Workshop – Strategic Planning For Arts Leaders

Saturday, October 1, 2022 Presenter: Ken Jones Where: West Edge Community Church Cost: FREE – Network with peers and learn how strategic planning can help grow your arts group from one of Canada’s lea…

TD Culture Lab Workshop – Media Masterclass

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 Panelists: Jay Kana, Paige Williams Cost: $10 – Join MAC as we sit down with a panel of experts to find out how to write press releases, and get your engaging stories noticed …

TD Culture Lab Workshop – Digitizing your Artwork

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 Presenter: Sandra Clarke Location: MindShare Workspace Cost: $10 – Learn how to digitize your physical artwork with multi-craftual artist Sandra Clarke who will explore strat…

TD Culture Lab Workshop – Pitching your Film/Script

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 Presenter: Cathleen MacDonald Guest: Wendy Donnan (Oakville Festivals of Film and Art) Location: MindShare Workspace Cost: $10 – A great pitch can connect you with partners, …

Past & Seasonal Programs

TD Culture Lab:
Explore Publishing Workshop

April 17 & 30, 2021

Cranberry Christmas Market

MAC @ West Edge
Open Mic

Open Mic LIVE

Metalworks Institute
Scholarship

Teens Got Talent

Paint Your Passion

Mediamakers