Cultural Districts

Mississauga is well-positioned to become an arts-friendly city.

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 waterfront is more vibrant than ever and teeming with boating enthusiasts, cyclists, art lovers and foodies. Exciting things are already happening in our city and the stage is set for the development of Cultural Districts.

What are Cultural Districts?

Cultural districts are distinct, mixed-use areas that attract people because of their high concentration of cultural facilities (e.g. studios, performance venues, galleries, museums) and activities (e.g. events, shopping, dining, and public space activations). These neighbourhoods act as local cultural destinations that invite residents and visitors alike to engage in creative expression, social gathering and community building.


Physical features of Cultural Districts include:

Close Proximity to TransitA person waiting at a transit stopMix of Land UsesAn example of mixed usesInviting Parks and Public Spaces Gardens within a public space
Artful Public Realm Public art within a transit terminalVibrant Walkable StreetsGroups of people in a public spaceArts and Entertainment Facilities An exterior photo of an arts centre


Introducing Mississauga’s Cultural Districts

Building on recommendations in the 2019-2029 Culture Master Plan to focus cultural development and City services in distinct cultural districts, we have identified six neighbourhoods for the establishment of Cultural Districts:

  • Clarkson
  • Cooksville
  • Downtown
  • Malton
  • Port Credit
  • Streetsville

Click here for more information on Cultural District boundaries and the District-specific themes that will frame how these neighbourhoods develop as focal points for culture in Mississauga.

Mississauga’s Cultural Districts have been identified based on several characteristics shared by successful cultural districts worldwide – existing cultural assets to build on, increased development activity and government supported revitalization efforts, an established and engaged community, dedicated partners such as local Business Improvement Associations (BIAs), strong political support, and a budding arts and culture scene that attracts the community and spurs local tourism.

Each of Mississauga’s Cultural Districts has a unique vibe and range of cultural offerings and will evolve in a way that reflects local heritage, identity and community ambitions. Cultural Districts will provide an enriched neighbourhood experience, strengthen sense of place and provide opportunities for people to actively participate in creative placemaking, storytelling and cultural programming.


Developing Mississauga’s Cultural Districts

Recommended actions for developing Cultural Districts are outlined in the Cultural Districts Implementation Plan. The first phase of implementation will focus on flexible demonstration projects to test ideas within each Cultural District in 2021-2024 (e.g. marketing initiatives, wayfinding signage, temporary public art and public realm enhancements). The success of these projects will help to inform long-term plans for the Cultural Districts as well as build public and private sector support.

For more information, please see the Cultural Districts Implementation Plan and the FAQ section.


How you can get involved

Public engagement was held in Spring/Summer 2021 to help plan for Mississauga’s Cultural Districts. Community feedback was used to validate and refresh recommendations in the Cultural Districts Implementation Plan and inform planning for future implementation projects in the Districts.

You can take a look at the revised Implementation Plan here. The public engagement summary can be found on pg. 18.

Now that the Cultural Districts roadmap is set, we can move forward with making recommendations come to life. A lot of exciting initiatives are planned for 2022 and there will be new content for you to explore.

This page will be your one stop shop for everything related to the Districts, upcoming engagement opportunities and information regarding events and public space activations!


Mississauga is well-positioned to become an arts-friendly city.

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 waterfront is more vibrant than ever and teeming with boating enthusiasts, cyclists, art lovers and foodies. Exciting things are already happening in our city and the stage is set for the development of Cultural Districts.

What are Cultural Districts?

Cultural districts are distinct, mixed-use areas that attract people because of their high concentration of cultural facilities (e.g. studios, performance venues, galleries, museums) and activities (e.g. events, shopping, dining, and public space activations). These neighbourhoods act as local cultural destinations that invite residents and visitors alike to engage in creative expression, social gathering and community building.


Physical features of Cultural Districts include:

Close Proximity to TransitA person waiting at a transit stopMix of Land UsesAn example of mixed usesInviting Parks and Public Spaces Gardens within a public space
Artful Public Realm Public art within a transit terminalVibrant Walkable StreetsGroups of people in a public spaceArts and Entertainment Facilities An exterior photo of an arts centre


Introducing Mississauga’s Cultural Districts

Building on recommendations in the 2019-2029 Culture Master Plan to focus cultural development and City services in distinct cultural districts, we have identified six neighbourhoods for the establishment of Cultural Districts:

  • Clarkson
  • Cooksville
  • Downtown
  • Malton
  • Port Credit
  • Streetsville

Click here for more information on Cultural District boundaries and the District-specific themes that will frame how these neighbourhoods develop as focal points for culture in Mississauga.

Mississauga’s Cultural Districts have been identified based on several characteristics shared by successful cultural districts worldwide – existing cultural assets to build on, increased development activity and government supported revitalization efforts, an established and engaged community, dedicated partners such as local Business Improvement Associations (BIAs), strong political support, and a budding arts and culture scene that attracts the community and spurs local tourism.

Each of Mississauga’s Cultural Districts has a unique vibe and range of cultural offerings and will evolve in a way that reflects local heritage, identity and community ambitions. Cultural Districts will provide an enriched neighbourhood experience, strengthen sense of place and provide opportunities for people to actively participate in creative placemaking, storytelling and cultural programming.


Developing Mississauga’s Cultural Districts

Recommended actions for developing Cultural Districts are outlined in the Cultural Districts Implementation Plan. The first phase of implementation will focus on flexible demonstration projects to test ideas within each Cultural District in 2021-2024 (e.g. marketing initiatives, wayfinding signage, temporary public art and public realm enhancements). The success of these projects will help to inform long-term plans for the Cultural Districts as well as build public and private sector support.

For more information, please see the Cultural Districts Implementation Plan and the FAQ section.


How you can get involved

Public engagement was held in Spring/Summer 2021 to help plan for Mississauga’s Cultural Districts. Community feedback was used to validate and refresh recommendations in the Cultural Districts Implementation Plan and inform planning for future implementation projects in the Districts.

You can take a look at the revised Implementation Plan here. The public engagement summary can be found on pg. 18.

Now that the Cultural Districts roadmap is set, we can move forward with making recommendations come to life. A lot of exciting initiatives are planned for 2022 and there will be new content for you to explore.

This page will be your one stop shop for everything related to the Districts, upcoming engagement opportunities and information regarding events and public space activations!


  • Streetsville Pollinator Garden Fence Artwork – Toronto Artscape Atelier and artist Debbie Woo

    Park Fence Art, Streetsville’s Pollinator Showcase Garden

    Have you ever been to Streetsville’s Pollinator Showcase Garden? A hidden gem located in Streetsville, this park on Queen Street South is a great spot to take a break, stop and smell the flowers and check out the fascinating pollinator species hard at work! To make the park more visible from the street and encourage more visitors, we worked with Toronto Artscape Atelier to commission artist Debbie Woo who has designed and installed a temporary public art piece on the park fence.

    Inspired by both, the motivations of the Pollinator Showcase Garden and the Streetsville community spirit, the design by Debbie Woo highlights the critical role of the pollinators that affect our day to day lives, in a way that hopes to engage the community to think beyond the park and incorporate ways to help preserve our pollinators for future generations to enjoy.

    Debbie Woo engaged with the Streetsville community over the summer to learn about their favourite park activities and favourite native plants and pollinator species, which she incorporated into the design. Blue jays, white tailed deer, western honey bee, wild blue phlox and beardtongue foxglove are just some of the species you can spot in the design. Some of the community’s favourite park activities that can be seen in the design include birdwatching, beekeeping and canoeing. Debbie Woo focused on sourcing environmentally sustainable materials and paints, to protect the pollinators and create a sustainable piece. The final piece is a beautiful wooden laser-cut artwork made with birch plywood that is finished with milk paint, and naturally sourced tung and pine oils.

    Fun fact: the names of the native plants and pollinators are discreetly carved into each piece, for those curious enough to look for them.

    Be sure to check out the artwork this fall before it’s de-installed for the winter, and explore the pollinator showcase garden!

    Artscape Atelier: Webpage

    Twitter: @Artscape

    Instagram:@artscapeto

    Debbie Woo: https://www.debbiewoo.com/about

    Instagram: @woohyunji

  • Community Exchange Pods – Westwood Transit Terminal in Malton, with SHEEEP Studio

    Exhibition case, Westwood Transit Terminal

    This fall, Westwood Square Transit Terminal has become much more than just a bus stop! Designed to encourage community exchange, and create a vibrant, welcoming space for commuters, art experimental studio SHEEEP has designed six Community Exchange Pods that will be located at the transit terminal and feature mini libraries and exhibition cases. The mini library pods, colour coded in vibrant hues of blue and green, follow the idea of a free book exchange – you can take a book, and in exchange, leave a book. This is an opportunity for the community to bring their well-loved books to share with the community and pick up a good read for the bus ride home.

    The exhibition cases, colour coded in a bright pink red hue, showcase small artworks and creations by the local community. The community creations will be seasonally swapped to provide an opportunity to display new works that are created in Malton.

    SHEEEP Studio will also be producing zines throughout the year in collaboration with local community spaces such as the community centre, upcoming youth hub, and Museums of Mississauga. The zine-making workshops will take place in Malton throughout the year where the community will have the chance to create a zine and share their ideas and knowledge on a variety of topics. Printed copies of the zines will also be placed in the mini library pods so you have a chance to share your zine with the Malton community.

    Keep an eye out for more information on the zine-making workshops and be sure to stop by Westwood Transit Terminal to check out the pods all year long until November 2023.

    SHEEEP Studio: https://sheeep.studio/

    Instagram: @sheeep.studio



  • Sharing Lanes

    Downtown Core, CooksvilleGround mural, Princess Royal Drive and Living Arts Centre Drive area

    We’re paving the way for people this summer by transforming some of our streets and sidewalks into open and active spaces for the community to enjoy.
    Sharing Lanes is a tactical urbanism project that will see temporary, people-friendly gathering places installed along select streets in the City’s downtown and Cooksville neighbourhoods. The project’s main goal is to put people first by making our streets inviting and accessible for all. As the program rolls out, residents and visitors will enjoy:

    • Sidewalks with whimsical new seating, painted games along the boulevard and additional planters and greenery
    • Transformed streets where one lane is replaced with safe community space including lounging spaces, library programming, music-based play equipment, chalkboards and natural game boards
    • Vibrant public art including ground murals and bike lane artwork
    • Bicycle repair station and solar phone charging station

    This project is building on the success of the tactical urbanism project we launched on Living Arts Drive in 2019.

    The City of Mississauga worked with with STEPS Initiative and artists Jieun June Kim and Andre Kan to commission two guardrail murals on Jaguar Valley and a ground mural on Dundas Street in Cooksville. The murals complement the Sharing Lanes play pods on Jaguar Valley, and act as a backdrop for community activity, leisure and gathering. The guardrail murals, by Jieun June Kim, in her signature style, depict jaguars running along Jaguar Valley, and colourful shapes and a whimsical scenery on Dundas Street.

    Guardrail murals, Jaguar Valley. Artist: Jieun June Kim

    The ground mural design, by Andre Kan, is influenced by interconnection and gathering shown in the free floating objects within an abstract landscape. The birds resemble unity and migration as a reference to all the different cultures that have migrated from all of the world and now resident in the Cooksville neighbourhood. The community has expressed curiosity, excitement and welcomed the murals, as one of the first temporary public art projects in the Cooksville neighbourhood this year.

    Ground mural, Dundas Street. Artist: Andre Kan. Image Credit: Dave Coulson

  • Public Art Bike Lane Murals

    Downtown Core
    Ground mural, Living Arts Drive

    If you’ve been in the downtown in recent weeks, you will likely have seen the new colourful ground murals along Living Arts Drive. Interconnection is a new temporary public artwork by Moonlight Murals Collective. This series of ground murals run along the buffer zones of the cycling lanes on Living Arts Drive and tell the story of people in a growing city like Mississauga. Each thematic panel focuses on the relationship between humans and the natural environment, inspiring viewers to discover their imagination, emotion, interaction, and relationship with their surroundings.


  • Treasured Community Banner Posts

    Clarkson

    Banner post art, Clarkson. Image Credit: Kyle Jarencio

    Walking along Lakeshore Road West in Clarkson, you will notice Clarkson Cultural District’s newest public artwork – ten banner posts wrapped in public art by local artists Yen Linh Thai and Sima Naseem. The designs follow the theme of ‘treasured community’ and depict unique community features, areas and activities of the Clarkson community that are treasured, taking inspiration from its people, diverse businesses and natural surroundings. In collaboration with Clarkson BIA, the City commissioned STEPS Initiative and local artists Yen Linh Thai and Sima Naseem. The beautified banner posts aim to encourage more pedestrian activity in Clarkson by created an enhanced and vibrant main street.

  • Mobilizer 5.0 by SHEEEP

    MaltonThe Mobilizer 5.0 is a prop to facilitate conversations within a community. In this context, at the Malton Greenway, it will be used to broadly discuss our changing climate and the importance of neighbourhood green spaces through various inputs and outputs. As a multi-faceted performance piece, it will occupy the site by being pushed through the trail and the mall while engaging with the local community. The formal language of the structure is informed by its surroundings - in particular the infrastructure found at the back of the mall’s loading dock - the mobilizer 5.0 desires to be useful with all its gadgets, to be seen and heard.

    It will listen and react as the local passersby interact with it, it will acknowledge their presence through their motion and voices. The more engagement it receives, the more it disrupts its biases and internal thoughts.

    Mobilizer 5.0 will be heading to Malton Greenway on August 4th and 6th, 2022.

    For more information, take a look at the project page here.



  • Ebb and Flow

    Downtown Core

    Skate park murals, Sculpture Court Park, City Hall. Image Credit: Tylor Key Carr

    The City’s Public Art Program commissioned local artist Ray Vidal to create a digital mural series in the Sculpture Court Skate Park, located right next to City Hall. The artwork was then printed and installed on the walls surrounding the skate park.

    This digital mural series is about the constant flow of energy that skateboarders and breaker dancers channel to create something cosmic that can change the course of someone’s life. How these activities can bring you closer to being at peace with one’s own self, realize what is important in your life and how to work hard towards your goals, hopes and dreams.

    As part of National Youth Week in May 2022, the artist and Public Art team hosted a launch event to showcase the artwork and celebrate the project. The artist performed with his band - the Five and Tens - alongside local DJs Ronny Royce and LJones. Around 50 local skateboarders and community members attended the event, enjoyed live music and skate competitions, and viewed the artwork.

    For more information, take a look at the project page here.

  • Light up the Square

    Downtown Core
    From November to December, 2021, Mississauga’s Celebration Square launched Light Up the Square, an annual outdoor, multi-week winter destination festival of lights in Mississauga’s downtown core!

    As part of the festival, there was an open call to artists looking for interactive and light-based artworks that could activate the space in Celebration Square. Three artists were selected through this process and their artworks were installed in the square for the duration of the festival:

    Carriers by Meghan Cheng. Image credit: Adam Pulicicchio

    Carriers is an interactive light sculpture based on a flock of birds taking flight into the sky. The installation allows visitors to see their joys and hardships of the past two years translated into pulses of light and sent out into the world by the birds. The installation is intended to instill a sense of hope for the viewers - it acknowledges the highs and lows we’ve gone through throughout the pandemic and creates something beautiful out of our experiences.

    To participate, visitors could type a message through a webpage which was sent to the birds. These messages were then transformed into unique pulses of light that were transmitted through the artwork. Every participant’s output was unique, based on their individual text input.

    Beacon Silo by Chris Foster Image credit: Adam Pulicicchio Beacon Silo mimics the iconic silo forms of southern Ontario, gesturing to them in a playful, imaginative way. Housed within the structure, a slowly rotating mirrored sculpture projects dynamic columns of light on to the surrounding landscape. This beacon, both lighthouse and disco ball, is visible from a great distance and creates a constantly changing spectacle throughout the day and night.

    Candycombs by Monkey C Interactive. Image credit: Adam Pulicicchio


    Monkey C Interactive’s practise centres on engaging experiences that combine technology and art to inspire play, impart a sense of wonder, and reward curiosity. Their work is animated by human activity to ignite conversation, spark imaginations, and create a sense of shared community in public spaces. Candycombs is an interactive dance floor, where users trigger lights and sounds by stepping on the panels, providing a space for participants to come together through music and dance.

    For more information, take a look at the project page here.


  • Banner Program in Cultural Districts

    Clarkson, Cooksville, Downtown, Malton, Port Credit and Streetsville Cultural Districts

    Banners representing all the Cultural Districts by Mississauga Civic Centre. Image credit: Tori Lambermont

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    In late summer 2021, banners representing the six Cultural Districts were installed on light poles across Mississauga, animating and enhancing the city’s streetscapes. These banners are a continuation of a joint project that was initiated in 2020 between the City of Mississauga’s Public Art Program and Tourism Mississauga‘s #MississaugaMade movement, in response to COVID-19 recovery.

    For the 2021 edition of the project, the Public Art Program commissioned a new series of custom-designed banners and expanded the partnership to include Mississauga’s five Business Improvement Associations (BIAs). Six “neighbourhood portrait” banners were designed by local multidisciplinary artist Asli Alin (@aslialin), one for each of the six Cultural Districts. The Cultural District-specific banners are on display in their respective communities as well as part of a cohesive installation collecting all the banners in the Downtown.

    The designs for the 2021 Cultural District-specific banners are seen below:

    Clarkson
    Cooksville Downtown
    Malton Port Credit Streetsville


    In the artist’s words…

    “My goal was to capture neighbourhood portraits, each with a hint of local flavour, reflecting their natural habitat, cultural identity, and heritage. My portraits celebrate the unique culture and characteristics of Mississauga’s neighbourhoods, while unifying the city in an impactful and creative way to foster local pride and positivity. Each banner utilizes a similar visual style, employing colours from the existing colour palettes (of the BIAs) along with complementary colours; creating a cohesive yet individually colourful street banner collection.”- Asli Alin

    Banners created in 2020 for the first run in the project, designed by local artist Pranavi Suthagar (@notpranavi), have also been repurposed and installed in Meadowvale, Applewood, Churchill Meadows, Erin Mills and Erindale. Through commissioning Cultural District-specific banners in 2021 and repurposing 2020 artwork, the banner program is working towards supporting local businesses and bringing vibrancy to communities across the city.

  • Mi Casa, Your Casa 2.0

    Downtown Cultural District

    Image credit: Creos.

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    From July 30 – September 5, 2021, Mississauga Celebration Square is home to Mi Casa, Your Casa, an interactive installation designed by Mexico City-based artists Esrawe and Cadena. Visitors are invited to step inside one of 14 red frame houses and spend a moment reflecting on being back home on the square.

    Mi Casa, Your Casa is inspired by the mercados of Latin America, lively street markets where human connections are made every day.

    The installation features a series of three-dimensional red frames that illustrate the warmth, comfort, and safety of our homes. With their basic shape recognizable by all, the tiny houses form a blank canvas for community engagement and activity, where people of all ages can socialize in a playful spirit.

    When a casa is empty, a welcoming white glow bids you to enter. Once inside, the glow intensifies to show that someone is home.

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