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

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.

TD Culture Lab: Webinar Series

Sponsored by TD Bank Group and presented by Mississauga Arts CouncilTD 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 Songwriting Contest (2021)

The Mississauga Arts Council and Metalworks Studios teamed up to present the first Sauga’s Summer Songwriting Contest, with media partner Mississauga Music. The contest was looking 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., and the winner was announced at the Mississauga Music Awards on September 25, 2021.

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!

Boxes and Banners

Supported by Bell Canada and Alectra Utilities, MAC has transformed plain utility boxes in 30 locations across Mississauga into beautiful outdoor art pieces. The Boxes and Banners program connects communities to their neighbourhood’s heritage through art, and lets artists design beautiful and highly visible creations.

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

Sauga Music Series are online concerts presented in partnership with Cats Cove Media. Our most recent concert, Sauga Music NOW, originally premiered on November 26, 2020. Featuring performances from Matt Zaddy, One In The Chamber, and The MessAround, it reached 6,300 people with over a total of 1,870 views across Facebook & YouTube.

Program News & Updates

Experience Sauga Music NOW: Rhymes and Rhythm, a new online presentation featuring Mississauga Hip hop artists

Mississauga Arts Council and Martys HUB, in collaboration with TAKETHESTAGE.CA are excited to announce Sauga Music NOW: Rhymes and Rhythm, an online presentation featuring new music and interviews wit…

Peel Weekly News: MAC beautifies utility boxes with new art installations

Feature Article in Peel Weekly News on the MAC’s three latest Bell utility boxes, painted by artists Sima Naseem, Yen Linh Thai, and Khaula Mazhar

Mississauga Arts Council beautifies the City with three new Utility Box Art Installations.

MAC is proud to announce the launch of three new utility box installations – painted by Sima Naseem, Yen Linh Thai, and Khaula Mazhar – as part of our Murals with MAC – Boxes and Banners program.

MicroGrant Success: Fusion MicroGrant 2021

MAC’s Fusion MicroGrant aimed to grow partnerships between musicians and visual/digital artists or illustrators to collaborate and produce an animated music video. Congratulations to Mauve and Matthew…

FYI Music News Digest: Sauga’s Summer Songwriting Contest winner Adina V.

Feature Article in FYI Music News Digest: Sauga’s Summer Songwriting Contest winner Adina V.

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

Teens Got Talent

Paint Your Passion