What cultural opportunities would you like to see in Mississauga? With a growing arts, culture and creative industry scene and unique neighbourhoods that are emerging as popular hubs of creativity and innovation, Mississauga is well-positioned to be an arts-friendly city. Many neighbourhoods in Mississauga are intensifying and we are witnessing a growing cluster of arts and culture facilities, and diverse entertainment, retail and dining options. The City will build on these existing assets and support the growth of these neighbourhoods as distinct Cultural Districts through new cultural infrastructure and unique programming.
Mississauga has identified six Cultural Districts, each with its own unique identity and community priorities, under its Cultural Districts Implementation Plan:
- Downtown Core
- Port Credit
Starting in May, you can complete an online survey to share your feedback on the Cultural Districts Implementation Plan and ideas for future activities in the Districts. Your input will help inform the development of arts and culture spaces and opportunities and help the City map out the first phase of implementation in the Districts. Many exciting things can happen in the Districts (e.g. public art, public space improvements, street festivals, pop-ups, performances, patios) and we want to hear from the community.
Benefits of Cultural Districts
Cultural Districts play an important role for the city. They offer residents and visitors alike a diversity of experiences within a distinct, concentrated mixed-use area. Cultural Districts help strengthen the local economy, create a sense of place and support community well-being, and deepen local cultural capacity. The six cultural districts will provide opportunities for the City to attract visitors, support local businesses, increase arts and culture and create vibrant neighbourhood hubs. Major benefits of Cultural Districts include:
· Creating opportunities for participating in arts and culture activities
· Enhancing and beautifying public spaces and streets
· Celebrating the unique local character and heritage of a neighbourhood
· Providing new avenues for social interaction and community gathering
· Encouraging and supporting economic development and business growth
· Supporting the growth of creative industries and cultural production
· Addressing needs of specific neighbourhoods
· Boosting local tourism and the evening economy
· Preserving and reusing historic infrastructure, buildings and landmarks
· Connecting people to outdoor spaces (e.g. parks, open spaces)
In February 2021, Council approved the Implementation of Cultural Districts, which are a key recommendation within the Culture Master Plan.