MAC MicroGrant Success Stories

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.

Testimonials from MicroGrant Winners:

Tennyson King, musician

2020 Matchmaker MicroGrant Winner & 2020 Musicians as Video Makers MicroGrant Participant

“I learned the value of having great musicians and friends in my community and network to collaborate with. I also have been very appreciative of all the support from organizations such as MAC…especially during these tough times.”

Colleen Snell, dancer

2019 & 2020 MicroGrant Grant Winner

“We are so grateful for this opportunity, and want to thank everyone at MAC for their support of our project. Because of this grant we’ve been able to work, and offer meaningful employment to our artistic network. Thank you!”

Qurat Dar, spoken word artist

2020 Touring Words of Meaning MicroGrant Winner

“Through the grant received by MAC, we have been putting on a series of poetry slams online…We are incredibly thankful to be able to foster community and create safe spaces online for queer and trans folks through MAC’s generous support!”

Heather Christine, musician

2020 Matchmaker MicroGrant Winner

“I am so grateful for the support of the Mississauga Arts Council’s MicroGrant. Without the support of the grant, it would have been impossible for me to hire a radio tracker during the pandemic. I thank MAC for their support which has helped my career to expand during these challenging times.”

MicroGrant Success Stories:

MicroGrant Success: Frog in Hand 2020

Frog in Hand’s Stories in the Woods featured nearly 20 dancers in a site-specific dance work. It’s success in 2019 led to a remount in 2021.

MicroGrant Success: Susan Ksiezopolski 2020

Thanks to a MAC MicroGrant, Susan Ksiezopolski created this emotional 15 minute documentary highlighting the importance of incorporating the arts into health practices and treatments.

MicroGrant Success: Emily Roman 2020

Emily Roman used her Dance MicroGrant to make a powerful film exploring how it feels as a teen during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

MicroGrant Success: Matt Zaddy 2020

Matt Zaddy pays it forward and shares his MicroGrant experience with others in MAC’s TD Culture Lab webinar.

MicroGrant Success: Musicians as Movie Makers 2020

MAC Music Spotlight is an interview type TV show premiering 10 incredible music videos made by Mississauga musicians thanks to a MAC MicroGrant.

Past MicroGrant Winners:

2021 MAC MicroGrant & Matchmaker MicroGrant Winners – Phase One

MicroGrant Winners – Phase One

Sponsored by RAMA Gaming House & supported by Charitable Gaming at City of Mississauga

  • Dance on Film MicroGrant – Zachary Seto
  • Touring Words of Meaning MicroGrant – Anjula Evans
  • MAC Funded Fusion Animated Music Video MicroGrant – Mauve

MicroGrant Winners – Phase Two

Stay tuned for MicroGrants – Phase Two.

Matchmaker MicroGrant Winners

  • Alex Pollard – Lost and Found (dance)
  • Alison Syer – Drawn In (visual art/literature)
  • Anna Wojcik – Outdoor Opera (music production/concerts)
  • Arlene – Harmony//Innocence (music recording)
  • Karin Elyakim – Sunrises for Darling (film)
  • Matt Zaddy – #TogetherAtHome (open mic concerts)
  • MAYBE MAY – Still Mine (music recording)
  • Rohan Dhupar – Venus & Adonis (dance)
  • Susan Ksiezopolski – Creative Resilience, Artful Way to Bounce (multi-genre workshops)
  • Tanisha Cunningham – Hair Care (theatre production)
  • Zohra Zoberi – The Other I (literature)

Career Development MicroGrant Winners

  • Angela Chao – Colours that Make Mississauga (visual art)
  • Heather Christine – Vocal Coaching Mentorship (music)
  • Julia Juhas – Film Directing Mentorship (Film)
  • Maria Lagarde – Art2Connect Credit Valley Trail (visual art/literature)
2020 MAC MicroGrant & Matchmaker MicroGrant Winners

MicroGrant Winners – Phase One

Sponsored by RAMA Gaming House & supported by Charitable Gaming at City of Mississauga

  • Theatre in the Park MicroGrant – Jasmine Sawant
  • Artists on Film MicroGrant – Angela Chao
  • Touring Words of Meaning MicroGrant – Wali Shah
  • Touring Words of Meaning MicroGrant – Qurat Dar
  • Musicians as Video Makers MicroGrant – Dimitri Hyacinth, Tennyson King, Justin Moy, Paige Blossom and Danny Lwin, Cmagic5, Shan Fernando, Andrea Arthur, Abhishek (Abby V), Cat Bernardi, & Vivek Mehmi
  • Dance as a Movie MicroGrant – Colleen Snell, Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Frog in Hand Productions
  • Dance as a Movie MicroGrant – Emily Roman, from Elite Dance Company

MicroGrant Winners – Phase Two

  • Mississauga Invitational Fine Arts Show (Date TBC) – Ashley Beerdat, Grace Miah, Jackie Gallagher, Cathy Clark, Debby de Groot, Sandra Robson, Joanna Turlej, Rosemary Broos, Sujata Chander, Shobha Wagley, Adriana Rinaldi, Laura Beaton, Sue Archibald, Gabby Tutak, Sjon de Groot, Noelle Hamlyn, Sofia Berger, & Raheel Patel

MicroGrant Winners – Phase Three

Co-sponsored by Bell

  • Art of Wellness (Documentary) – Susan Ksiezopolski

Matchmaker MicroGrant Winners:

  • Demetrius Nath, musician and vocalist/guitar player of MAYBE MAY
  • Emily Ryder, filmmaker
  • Jacelyn Holmes (JACELYN), singer-songwriter
  • Matt Zaddy, acclaimed musician and music educator
  • Tony Truong, filmmaker
  • Heather Christine, award-winning singer-songwriter
  • You Made It!, a rising Mississauga-based arts collective
  • Tsochoy Go, artist and digital illustrator
  • LCI Movement, dance program
  • Lisa Alves, lyricist and producer, in collaboration with Jessica Goddard
  • Mabrook Entertainment
  • Deep Ganguly, bansuri player and educator
  • Denise Leslie, jazz songstress
  • Tennyson King, international touring musician
  • Cat Bernardi, jazz vocalist and composer

Career Development MicroGrant Winners:

  • Matt Easter
  • Keith Garebian
  • Deepa Mahanti
2019 MAC MicroGrant Winners

MicroGrant Winners:

  • Frog in Hand – “Stories in the Woods” interactive outdoor dance/theatre production
  • Cathleen MacDonald – “Film Incubator Workshop” series
  • Khaula Mazhar – “Pollinator’s Paradise” mural at the Mississauga Valley Community Centre
  • Angela Chao and Susan Ksiezopolski – “Feel It” Exhibits