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:

  • – 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 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.

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.

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

A sub-program of Murals with Mac, Boxes and Banners is transforming plain utility boxes across Mississauga into beautiful outdoor art pieces. Supported by Bell, Alectra Utilities, and Express Scripts, our Boxes and Banners program connects communities to their neighbourhood’s heritage through art, and lets artists design beautiful and highly visible creations.

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!

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.

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

Mississauga Arts Council and Mass Culture partner to launch the first Arts for Mental Health Conference in Canada

MAC and MassCulture are partnering to launch the Arts For Mental Health Conference on October 6th, 2021. It will explore the rationale for, design and implementation of a pilot program that will deliv…

TD Culture Lab – The Artist Statement: Writing About Your Work

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 Webinar Host: Colleen Snell – Your Artist Statement: What it is? Why do you need one? When do you use it? Artist Statements aren’t just for visual artists, every creative n…

Mississauga Arts Council and Metalworks Studios Present Sauga’s Summer Songwriting Contest

MAC and Metalworks Studios present Sauga’s Summer Songwriting Contest.

Announcing Part Two of the MAC Funded Fusion – Animated Music Video MicroGrant

MAC invites animators and illustrators to apply for their Animated Music Video MicroGrant.

Peel Weekly News: July 15, 2021

Local poets, writers and musicians net matchmaker grants – Peel Weekly News Published in Peel Weekly News on July 15, 2021 (Lifestyle Section, Page 29) “More than $38,000 will be distribut…

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