History and Mission
The Living Arts Centre is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that operates the premiere arts and culture facility located in the heart of Mississauga. A dynamic and accessible gathering place for creativity, the Centre welcomes more than 400,000 discerning and culturally diverse visitors annually. The Living Arts Centre is dedicated to being a place for global engagement in the arts, housing a stunning landmark atrium, three presentation-ready theatres, seven professional craft studios, and an attractive in-house restaurant and burgeoning catering operation. Now celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Centre plays host to hundreds of performing arts, educational, community, and corporate events and activities each year, continuing its mission to promote Arts for Life.
The Living Arts Centre officially opened its doors on November 14, 1997, adding an exciting cultural dimension to Mississauga`s City Centre. Since then, more than 5 million people have come to Living Arts Centre, exploring all the Centre has to offer.
Serving as an important resource for the arts, education and business, Living Arts Centre features over 225,000 square feet of multiple performance venues, studio spaces and exhibition display areas. The two main performing arts venues – Hammerson Hall and The RBC Theatre - are the site for a range of arts, cultural and entertainment events presented by both the Living Arts Centre and community partners. The Centre’s seven craft/arts studios are the home of professional Resident Artists and also feature dozens of recreational classes for all ages. Laidlaw Hall features constantly changing art exhibitions. The meeting and conference rooms are utilized by community organizations and businesses for a variety of events, from church services, to luncheon meetings, to international videoconference business meetings. The Living Arts Centre was built with generous contributions from hundreds of corporations, community organizations, individuals, as well as support from the City of Mississauga and the federal government.
The Living Arts Centre proudly serves as the performance outlet for dozens of Mississauga arts organizations and community cultural groups, including the Mississauga Choral Society, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, Mississauga International Children`s Festival and 30 Community Organizations.
From performances of local, national and international artists and entertainers, to business and conference events, to intriguing art exhibits and community classes in a variety of arts and crafts, the Living Arts Centre is a destination for people from all walks of life.
TO BE THE CENTRE OF GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT IN ARTS, CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT IN MISSISSAUGA
TO SHOWCASE AND INSPIRE ARTISTIC AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION AND APPRECIATION
- Respect - we acknowledge that respect is reciprocal and must be earned
- Trust - we deliver on our commitments and expect the same from others
- Integrity - we set the highest standards for ourselves and lead by example
- Collaboration - we believe true collaboration is the key to success
The Living Arts Centre in Summary