Mississauga is Asking Residents to Help it Create an Arts and Culture Master Plan
While Mississauga—and suburbs in general—aren't typically associated with arts and culture, the city is working to change that and is asking residents for their input by hosting a series of public meetings.
Starting in January, the City's Culture Division, guided by the Arts, Culture and Heritage Steering Committee, will begin meeting with residents and art groups to create a new Culture Master Plan. Ideally, the meetings will attract both artists and art lovers who are excited to see the city tackle an ambitious cultural agenda. Although the city does boast high-order artistic institutions in the form of the AGM, Visual Arts Mississauga and the Living Arts Centre, it's encouraging to see it working to do more.
"The Culture Master Plan will establish strategic direction and identify specific actions that will grow and evolve Mississauga's arts and culture scene to reflect the emerging global City that we're becoming" said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division, City of Mississauga.
This plan has been in the works for some time. According to the city, the first Culture Master Plan was approved by Council in 2009 and contained recommendations to create a division focused on art, culture and heritage.
The new plan will provide the city with a 10-year plan that will grow and strengthen arts, culture and heritage in Mississauga.
"Listening to residents and understanding more about what they think culture in Mississauga can be is vital to the success of this project," said Damaso. "This project gives the community the chance to be heard so we are encouraging residents to be bold and let their voices be heard."
The Culture Division will host focus group meetings with key stakeholders in January and two in-person public meetings and one digital meeting in February.
Culture Master Plan - Public Meetings:Public Meeting #1 - Express your ideas about culture in Mississauga
What: Round table discussions about what makes Mississauga unique and how to make arts and culture better in the city.
Who: City of Mississauga Culture Division staff will facilitate an open discussion where residents can voice their opinions about arts and culture in Mississauga.
When: Tuesday, February 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Rd. W. [MAP]Public Meeting #2 - Digital Public Meeting - Culture Goes Digital
What: A Twitter discussion exploring diversity, accessibility and collective identity in Mississauga's culture scene.
Who: Participants have the opportunity to share their feedback over Twitter in this two hour takeover of the @SaugaCulture twitter channel.
When: Wednesday, February 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Follow @SaugaCulture on Twitter and use the hashtag #SaugaCulture
Public Meeting #3 - Culture Lab Design Session
What: A hands-on workshop to reimagine the future and come up with creative solutions for the arts and culture landscape in Mississauga.
Who: City of Mississauga Culture Division staff and members of the arts community will facilitate a creative design session.
When: Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Rd. W. [MAP]
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