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Mississauga Culture and the Living Arts Centre's #ArtsAtHome campaign is dedicated to curating relevant resources and engaging activities that support our creative communities and industries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On this website, you'll find handy links to artist and industry assistance programs, local networks for live streaming entertainment, curated playlists, artist interviews and more. We'll also be sharing various creative tutorials and activities from our Mississauga community groups and Museums for all ages and abilities to try. Be sure to check back often and follow us on social media @livingartsctr for the latest in creative news and content.

More links and resources are added on a daily basis.

Kids' Creative Summer

Posted: July 7, 2020

If you’re looking for creative activities all summer long, then look no further! The Kids’ Creative Summer website offers arts, crafts, and fun camp-like games for kids during the summer break. Projects and activities will be released twice a week and can be accessed anytime. Watch a video or follow-along with a ‘How-To’ activity guide to create and try new things this summer. Each week will feature a different theme with projects that are sure to engage and excite.

Click here to go to the Kids' Creative Summer page.

 

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Community Partner Pablo Dassen ‘The Humble Badger Podcast’ - Demetrius

Posted: May 29, 2020

Get to know Demetrius Nath, founder of Mississauga Music and Antiskeptic Entertainment and singer-songwriter with Maybe May Music, interviewed by Pablo Dassen and Identity Crisis on The Humble Badger Podcast. Watch on YouTube.


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#ThrowbackThursday LAC Spotify Playlist

Posted: May 21, 2020

Check out the brand new Living Arts Centre @Spotify playlist, featuring musicians from our 2019-20 season! #ThrowbackThursday #ArtsAtHome

Click here to listen!


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Mississauga Music Playlist

Posted: May 12, 2020

Support Mississauga’s local musicians from home - this #TryItTuesday, check out Mississauga Music’s playlist on Spotify and listen to something new! #ArtsAtHome

Click Here to Listen!


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Community Partner: Pablo Dassen - Humble Badger Podcast - Artist Interviews

Posted: May 11, 2020

Pablo Dassen, a long-time partner of the LAC, interviews local artists in The Humble Badger Podcast. Listen to his interview with Shalini Maria, who charmed our Open Mic LIVE audience with her sweet songs and funny puns this past season. Listen on YouTube.


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Mississauga Symphony Orchestra

Posted: May 7, 2020

Have you listened to @MSymph's second song of the week? Enjoy beautiful music while staying safe at home #ArtsAtHome.
Today is the birthday of the great Russian composer, Tchaikovsky. Celebrate with his Symphony No. 4, performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra and conducted by Valery Gergiev. Watch on YouTube.


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Filmed-in-Mississauga Collection

Posted: May 1, 2020

We’ve curated some must-watch movies and TV series from our Filmed-in-Mississauga Collection to keep you entertained all week long! What will you watch next?


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TheaterWorksUSA (part of 19-20 season) Stage Reading

Posted: May 1, 2020

Did you see Dog Man: The Musical back in February? TheaterWorksUSA proves that theatre works anywhere - watch this reading of their theatre adaption of ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ now: Watch on YouTube.


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Community Partner: Pablo Dassen (Interviews with Artists)

Posted: April 29, 2020

Pablo Dassen, a long-time partner of the LAC, interviews local artists in The Humble Badger Podcast. Listen to his interview with Elisa Malatesta, who has performed at the LAC at Open Mic LIVE and The Best of Open Mic! Listen on YouTube.


Catapult Shadow Activity

Posted: April 24, 2020

We were so looking forward to Catapult, finalists from America’s Got Talent, coming to the LAC. These shadow dancers have created an at-home shadow activity for families to try out together! Click here to Watch.

Luke McMaster

Posted: April 22, 2020

Did you see Luke McMaster @lukemcmaster at the LAC back in January? If you’re craving his tunes, check out his latest album and single!

Arlene MusicTogether ON

Posted: April 21, 2020

Arlene will be performing her originals and chatting with you on Instagram TONIGHT at 5 pm EDT, brought to you by MusicTogetherON, Shopify, Arts & Crafts, and Ontario Live via Ontario Creates! 

To watch, download the app on your phone and follow her music account here: https://www.instagram.com/arleneofficialmusic/


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Mississauga Symphony Orchestra

Posted: April 21, 2020

The Mississauga Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director and Conductor, Maestro Denis Mastromonaco, shares his favourite symphonic works. Watch on YouTube.

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Do It Yourself: Natural Watercolour Paints

Posted: June 23, 2020

Pigments have been created from nature for centuries! Using spices, fruits, and other materials found
around your home, create your own watercolour palette – all-natural, non-toxic, and fun to try.

Watch on YouTube


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Drawing Prompt #3

Posted: June 16, 2020

Use your imagination – and our #FreestyleFriday drawing prompt – to make a piece of art today! We love seeing your work, so make sure to share and tag us! #ArtsAtHome

Click here for instructions.


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Drawing Prompt #2

Posted: June 5, 2020

Use your imagination – and our #FreestyleFriday drawing prompt – to make a piece of art today! We love seeing your work, so make sure to share and tag us! #ArtsAtHome

Click here for instructions.


Resident Artist Spotlight

RA Spotlight #2

Posted: June 1, 2020

#SpotlightSaturday: Margaret Stawicki, LAC Resident Artist. Watch on YouTube. To learn more about our Resident Artist Program, click here.


Mixed Media Birds

Posted: May 19, 2020 | Recommended for ages 8-12.

We have a super fun craft for #TryItTuesday using materials you can find in your own home! Create your own ‘Mixed Media Birds’ and don’t forget to share your artwork and tag us! #ArtsAtHome

Click here to download the PDF Watch on YouTube


Resident Artist Spotlight: (Marie Kim)

Posted: May 16, 2020

#SpotlightSaturday: MIHYUN MARIE KIM is co-founder of an artist collective project, MODS[tag instagram], created to connect and build dialogue amongst local artists in Barcelona, and now expanded to Leipzig. Her works have been shown in Toronto, Montreal, Barcelona, Seville, Paris, Leipzig & Venice, with collaborative mural paintings left in cities of Mongolia, Kenya & Brazil. Watch on YouTube.

Tags:

#ArtsAtHome #SaturdaySpotlight
Instagram:
@singmariamaria
@mods.sm
www.mihyunmariakim.com


Drawing Prompt #1: Draw from a Shadow

Posted: May 15, 2020

#FreestyleFriday - Grab those pens, pencils, or paintbrushes and share artwork based on our drawing prompt! Today’s prompt: Draw from a shadow ✏️. Don’t forget to tag us in your #ArtsAtHome creations! Click here for instructions.

Papier-mâché Donut

Posted: May 5, 2020

Recommended for ages 8-12.

This #TryItTuesday, our instructors put together a fun Papier Mache Donut craft for you to make at home! Use the video for reference, and click here for instructions. We love seeing your creations! Share your artwork and tag us! #ArtsAtHome. Watch on YouTube.


Still Life Watercolour Painting

Posted: May 1, 2020 | Recommended for ages 8-12.

Create a colourful still life watercolour painting inspired by plants! Use our video for reference and click here for full instructions. Share photos of your paintings & tag us!



At-home Playdough Recipe

Posted: April 28, 2020

It’s #TryItTuesday, so we’re sharing Research Parent’s Homemade Play Dough Recipe with your kids (recommended for ages 4-7)! Share your creations, and don’t forget to tag us! Click here for instructions: Download here.

On #WriteItWednesday, use our prompt as inspiration to write a story and transform (or completely change) the prompts as you wish! You have all the creative freedom, so let your imagination guide you! Submit your stories to submissions.livingarts@gmail.com or share on social media and tag us!

Writing Prompt #5

Posted: July 8, 2020

Click here for instructions.


Writing Prompt #4

Posted: June 17, 2020

Click here for instructions.


Writing Prompt #3

Posted: June 3, 2020

Are you having trouble with writer's block? Freewriting is similar to brainstorming but in written sentence form, without stopping, for a set amount of time. Use our #WriteItWednesday prompt to get the words flowing! #ArtsAtHome

Click here for instructions.


Writing Prompt #2

Posted: May 21, 2020

Click here for instructions.


Writing Prompt #1

Posted: May 6, 2020

Click here for instructions.


Drawing Prompt

Do It Yourself: Natural Watercolour Paints

Posted: June 23, 2020

Pigments have been created from nature for centuries! Using spices, fruits, and other materials found
around your home, create your own watercolour palette – all-natural, non-toxic, and fun to try.

Watch on YouTube


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Drawing Prompt #3

Posted: June 16, 2020

Use your imagination – and our #FreestyleFriday drawing prompt – to make a piece of art today! We love seeing your work, so make sure to share and tag us! #ArtsAtHome

Click here for instructions.


Character Headbands #1: Harry the Dirty Dog

Posted: June 9, 2020 

It's #TryItTuesday! Make storytime and reading an adventure! Create character headbands and act out a story!

Click here to download the PDF Watch on YouTube


Mixed Media Birds

Posted: May 19, 2020 | Recommended for ages 8-12.

We have a super fun craft for #TryItTuesday using materials you can find in your own home! Create your own ‘Mixed Media Birds’ and don’t forget to share your artwork and tag us! #ArtsAtHome

Click here to download the PDF Watch on YouTube


Drawing Prompt #1: Draw from a Shadow

Posted: May 15, 2020

#FreestyleFriday - Grab those pens, pencils, or paintbrushes and share artwork based on our drawing prompt! Today’s prompt: Draw from a shadow ✏️. Don’t forget to tag us in your #ArtsAtHome creations! Click here for instructions.

Papier-mâché Donut

Posted: May 5, 2020

Recommended for ages 8-12.

This #TryItTuesday, our instructors put together a fun Papier Mache Donut craft for you to make at home! Use the video for reference, and click here for instructions. We love seeing your creations! Share your artwork and tag us! #ArtsAtHome. Watch on YouTube.


Still Life Watercolour Painting

Posted: May 1, 2020 | Recommended for ages 8-12.

Create a colourful still life watercolour painting inspired by plants! Use our video for reference and click here for full instructions. Share photos of your paintings & tag us!


TheaterWorksUSA (part of 19-20 season) Stage Reading

Posted: May 1, 2020

Did you see Dog Man: The Musical back in February? TheaterWorksUSA proves that theatre works anywhere - watch this reading of their theatre adaption of ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ now: Watch on YouTube.


At-home Playdough Recipe

Posted: April 28, 2020

It’s #TryItTuesday, so we’re sharing Research Parent’s Homemade Play Dough Recipe with your kids (recommended for ages 4-7)! Share your creations, and don’t forget to tag us! Click here for instructions: Download here.

Catapult Shadow Activity

Posted: April 24, 2020

We were so looking forward to Catapult, finalists from America’s Got Talent, coming to the LAC. These shadow dancers have created an at-home shadow activity for families to try out together! Click here to Watch.

Recycled Bird Houses

Posted: April 24, 2020

Celebrate Earth Day 2020 by making your own birdhouse out of recycled materials. You can make a birdhouse from an old pop bottle or milk carton, & decorate it using paint, paper & or stickers. Click here for instructions.

Crane Creations Theatre Company - Employment Opportunity for Actors

Posted: June 11, 2020

Click here for more information.


Rise Up Mississauga – Concert of Hope

Posted: May 6, 2020

Come together with 25 incredible Mississauga artists for #RiseUpMississauga - Concert of Hope on Friday, May 8th. Tune into Facebook Page this Friday night at 7 pm for the free virtual concert! https://www.facebook.com/missartscouncil/


MusicTogether.ca

Posted: April 21, 2020

This platform helps support working Ontario musicians during the COVID-19 crisis through paid home concerts and e-commerce tools. Donations from supporters are also being accepted and go straight to musicians.


Canada Media Fund (CMF)

Posted: April 21, 2020

The CMF has launched a new resource hub that provides Canada's screen-based industry with access to updated COVID-19 assistance programs and relevant industry news.


General Support for Artists and Arts Organizations
Federal Governments COVID-19 support for culture, heritage and sport sector

Federal Governments COVID-19 support for culture, heritage and sport sectors – The Government of Canada is providing support measures and financial relief for the culture, heritage and sport sectors through a number of programs and agencies.

Ontario Live

Ontario Live – A virtual marketplace that brings Ontario together to help support local artists, operators, attractions and businesses throughout the province. Coming soon, you’ll be able to buy, donate to, or experience the best Ontario has to offer all in one place.

Ontario Arts Council COVID-19 Response Initiative

Ontario Arts Council COVID-19 Response Initiative (in development) – OAC is developing a strategic fund to help Ontario artists and arts organizations respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Details will be announced in the coming weeks.

LEAN Canada - Leadership Emergency Arts Network – LEAN is an immediate, ad hoc, pro bono response network to help arts organizations, big and small, deal with what is coming at them, including help with strategic decision-making, crisis response, financial analysis, board direction, relationship mediation, HR management, systems change or inspirational leadership.

Mississauga Emergency Relief Fund – Intended to provide essential relief funding to charities that have been negatively impacted by the current COVID-19 coronavirus situation.

Emergency Community Support Fund – Community Foundation of Mississauga – Funding and much-needed assistance for charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations.

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Festivals & Events

Celebrate Ontario (closed) - Government of Ontario – Celebrate Ontario supports programming improvements at new and existing festivals and events that attract tourists for longer stays, create great experiences for visitors and support communities across Ontario.

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Music
Music Together – Ontario music industry & Government of Ontario Music Together – Ontario music industry & Government of Ontario – Funding to support live streamed house concerts by Ontario musicians and access to ecommerce tools.

Ontario Music Investment Fund - Government of Ontario (administered by Ontario Creates) – Provides targeted economic development investment to the province’s vibrant and diverse music industry.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund - Unison Benevolent Fund – Free counselling and emergency financial relief for the Canadian music community.

Encore! – SOCAN – Compensates music makers for live-streamed performances on Facebook and Instagram.

First Up with RBCxMusic (closed) – Royal Bank of Canada – A cross-country initiative that includes emerging Canadian musicians and recording artists and provides selected participants with funding, promotional support and mentorship opportunities.

Enhanced Emergency Fund - SOCAN – Emergency royalty advances for songwriter and composer members.

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Film and TV sector

Creative Relief Fund (closed) – CBC – Provides support to Canadian creators for the development and production of original Canadian storytelling, including scripted comedies and dramas, unscripted entertainment, kids and young adult programming, podcasts, play adaptations and short documentaries.

Actors’ Fund of Canada (AFC)

Actors’ Fund of Canada (AFC) – Provides short-term emergency financial assistance to entertainment industry professionals working in TV and film, music, theatre, and dance for essential household bills and costs that cannot otherwise be paid.

Professional Development & Learning Resources – Ontario Film Commission – Comprehensive industry resource hub hosted by Ontario Creates for film workers

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Writing and publishing sector resources

Canadian Writers’ Emergency Relief Fund – The Writers’ Union of Canada & Writers’ Trust of Canada – Grants to writers that have seen contracted or projected income evaporate due to the current public health crisis.

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General COVID-19 Support
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) – Government of Canada – Temporary income support for individuals forced to stop work because of COVID-19.

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) – Government of Canada – Commercial rent assistance for small businesses.

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) – Government of Canada – Provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) – Government of Canada – Covers 75% of an employee's wages – up to $847 per week - for employers of all sizes and across all sectors for up to 24 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to August 29, 2020.

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) - Business Development Bank of Canada – Lending program delivered through private sector financial institutions. Eligible businesses may obtain incremental credit amounts of up to $6.25 million.

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To learn more about City of Mississauga support programs please use the following links.

City of Mississauga Grants
www.mississauga.ca/grants

Economic Development Office – COVID-19 Response
https://www.thefutureisunlimited.ca/covid-19/?campaign=mbec-banner

Community Group Registry Program
http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/community-groups-registry-program