Ontario Supports Hard-Hit Mississauga Arts & Culture Sector

Published on March 04, 2021

Funding will allow for a robust post-COVID 19 recovery

MISSISSAUGA ― In recognition of the strong cultural and economic importance of Ontario’s arts sector, our government is investing $25 million to help artists and arts organizations survive the COVID-19 pandemic, remain solvent and prepare for a time when they can fully re-open their facilities, resume full programming and welcome back their visitors and audiences.

This investment helps support two local community projects, Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto Mississauga ($16 500), as well as the non-profit MonstrARTity ($39 000).

"Arts organizations make an important contribution to our province, providing thousands of jobs for musicians, writers, painters, actors, dancers, stagehands and the many others working behind the scenes," said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. "They entertain us, but they also play an important role in the mental health and well-being of Ontarians and an equally important role in the province's economic and social recovery. Providing the help they need is a critical part of our plan to support individuals, families and job creators impacted by the virus, while laying the foundation for a strong economic recovery." 

Additionally, $1 million will provide much-needed support directly to artists and creators from across the province. More information on this, including eligibility requirements and application deadlines, will be available soon on the Ontario Arts Council website.

“Behind every event, thousands of people are devoting countless hours of hard-work in order to ensure a good show can be put on,” remarked MPP Deepak Anand. “These community celebrations are the lifeline and heart of our community. They bring resiliency and facilitate bonding within a community, as residents are able to laugh, cheer, and have a great time together.”

 “With this funding, we can ensure critical community programming persists into the future, to the benefit of present and future generations.”

"We are honoured that Minister MacLeod has asked the Ontario Arts Council to administer this special initiative," said OAC Chair Rita Davies. "While the pandemic has hurt so many in this province, we are grateful the government has recognized the arts sector as one of the most severely affected. The announcement today also underscores the essential contribution the arts will provide to the economic and social recovery of Ontario communities."

This initiative is part of the government's 2020 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recoverthe next phase of a comprehensive action plan to respond to the devastating health and economic impacts of COVID-19. 

About Blackwood and MonstrARTity:

MonstrARTity is an award-winning, Mississauga-based, incorporated not-for-profit South Asian arts organization that hosts festivals, interactive workshops for youth & seniors, artist mentorships, and youth employment programs. Of particular note is the largest South Asian festival in Canada, “#BollywoodMonsterMashup”, as well as “#MonsterArt for Youth (MAY)”, a series of hands-on workshops aimed at teaching bhangra dance, filmmaking, mandala-making, and more. 

Blackwood Gallery is a contemporary art centre at UTM dedicated to open, public research. Their curated exhibits boost the profile of local, national, and international professional artists, while also supporting artistic research. Graduating students in Art & Art History from UTM and Sheridan College also take part in an annual exhibition. Admission is always free.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario's Action Plan sets out a total of $45 billion in support over three years to make available the necessary resources to continue protecting people, deliver critical programs and tax measures to support individuals, families and job creators impacted by the virus, and lay the groundwork for a robust long-term economic recovery for the province.
  • The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries that provides grants to Ontario-based individual artists and arts professionals, ad hoc groups/collectives and organizations. Grants support a range of arts activities and disciplines.
  • The Ontario Arts Council offers two types of granting streams: one-time project grants for specific projects, and operating grants to support Ontario-based, not-for-profit arts organizations and for-profit book and magazine publishers.

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