City of Mississauga

City of Mississauga

July 10, 2007 13:19 ET

Mississauga Office of Arts and Culture Proposals Get Green Light From City Council

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 10, 2007) - With Council approval of three Corporate Reports on July 4, the City's new Office of Arts and Culture can now begin the process of building a future for arts and culture in Mississauga.

Based on recommendations by the Mississauga Arts Review Taskforce, Office of Arts and Culture director Zainub Verjee sought approval of three proposals which would help set the course in developing and sustaining the City's arts and culture sector.

"Council approved the development of an Arts and Culture Master Plan to foster art and culture for the 21st century and position Mississauga as a world class art and culture destination," said Verjee. "The Master Plan will detail long-term and short-term investments for arts, culture and heritage, and will involve all sectors of the community in its development." To fund the Master Plan $477,500 will be transferred from the Reserve for the Arts to the Office of Arts and Culture. Completion of the Master Plan is expected in September 2008.

Verjee added that Council also approved giving the Office of Arts and Culture authorization to accept applications from arts and culture organizations and make decisions regarding grants and services to support these organizations. The policy and guidelines for disbursement of funds will be developed this summer, with applications and related information available to groups in September 2007.

Lastly, Council approved a recommendation to address sustainability of Mississauga arts and culture organizations by transferring $80,000 from the Reserve for the Arts, to the Office of Arts and Culture to meet the immediate needs of local organizations with serious sustainability issues. The capacity-building initiative is expected to assist in strengthening groups' governance and management practices; assessing their challenges and opportunities; and increasing their planning ability.

Funding provided through these grants will enable arts and culture organizations to work with experienced consultants or relevant resource persons with the objective of achieving long-term organizational sustainability. The resource persons will provide expertise in problem definition, organizational assessment, and planning. Forms and guidelines will be available in September 2007, with notification to applicants scheduled for February 2008.

"It took a great deal of research and stakeholder involvement to get to this point and we have a lot of work ahead of us to set these plans in motion," said Verjee. "But, we are eager to get started with these projects which will lead to the making of Mississauga into an outstanding cultural capital, distinct from its neighbours."

Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, the City is considered to be an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens. Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse and progressive municipality, known for its economic strength and for being Canada's safest city.

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