Mississauga Arts Council’s programs are designed to start up relevant impactful events that remain open to adaptation and are expected to run effectively for years in order to:

Build ongoing interest, participation and support for income-earning opportunities for artists, 
Initiate career development programs aimed at adding 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 $2,000-$7,000 for opportunities for artists to create projects which have a pronounced and impactful connection to the public, and so bring recognition and increased awareness to the arts across the city.

Artists Online: Transitioning to Digital Marketing

The Artists Online: Transitioning to Digital Marketing program will enable artists to develop their professional stories through engaging artist introduction videos. Participants will learn film structure, scriptwriting, and other film basics through masterclass opportunities with professional filmmakers. This leads up to creating engaging introduction videos, or “Artist Video Statements,” captured by a professional video producer and editor.

These short videos will be vital digital marketing tools that will allow audiences to get to know the artists on a personal level and will promote and celebrate Mississauga artists.

Sauga’s Summer Songwriting Contest

Mississauga Arts Council and Metalworks Studios present Sauga’s Summer Songwriting Contest! Mississauga musicians – win a recording and mixing session at Metalworks Studios!

Show us your hot new summer song for a chance to win! The contest is open to any professional musician or music group living in Mississauga and is open for submissions from the following genres: Pop, Hip Hop, Country, Rock, and R&B.

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 that connect communities to their neighbourhood’s heritage through art.

MAC Arts Cafe – Online Open Mic

Reaching over 23,900 people with over 7,200 views across Facebook & YouTube, our MAC Arts Cafe – Online Open Mic’s, hosted by award-winning singer/songwriter, Heather Christine have been very successful.

Since July 2020, our monthly MAC Arts Cafe – Online Open Mics, 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.

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.

TD Culture Lab – Explore Publishing Workshop

TD Culture Lab – Explore Publishing is a 2-day virtual workshop that will engage local writers through informational webinars, panel discussions, and networking opportunities on the topic of publishing. Both self-publishing and traditional publishing will be explored and explained by knowledgeable individuals in the sector. This workshop is produced in partnership with Courtney Park Writers’ Group and Mississauga Writers Group.

Sauga Music Series

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.

MARTYS Hub – “Coming Soon”

The Martys Hub is an online destination for artists and the public, features artist profiles in a searchable directory, news, events, articles, videos, and even an arts store. This site will expand the arts community beyond the sector to reach new audiences and engage the public in meaningful ways.

Special Presentations

Other Programs

Past Programs

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