For Immediate Release
October 7th, 2016
Mayor Crombie Welcomes New Investment in Public Art from Trudeau Government
Mississauga – I would like to recognize Minister Bains, our local MPs and our partners in the Trudeau Government for making another important community-building investment here in Mississauga, Mayor Bonnie Crombie said today.
“Public art brings people together and enriches neighbourhoods, residents and visitors.”
Minister Navdeep Bains, Member of Parliament for Mississauga – Malton, announced funding of $199,000 to The Corporation of the City of Mississauga for the community project Canada in Mississauga. Councillor Carolyn Parrish and Councillor John Kovac were both on hand for today’s announcement at City Hall.
Mayor Crombie added that “this new funding will go toward commissioning artwork that will have a permanent home at Celebration Square. Celebration Square is in the heart of Mississauga for a reason. It’s where residents come together to share and celebrate their culture for everyone to experience, appreciate and enjoy.
“This new artwork will be another important way Mississauga pays tribute to the 150th anniversary of our nation’s founding.”
Thanks to this support, provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund, The Corporation of the City of Mississauga, will issue a national Call to Artists to commission a piece of permanent public artwork(s) to be installed at Mississauga Celebration Square, which will focus on the themes of diversity, inclusion and reconciliation with Indigenous Communities.
Today’s announcement follows a series of other important public art milestones for Mississauga. In May Mayor Crombie helped unveil The Book by Ilan Sandler to be part of the City of Mississauga Public Art Collection. The Book – a painted steel sculpture – was donated by Toronto Pearson and is also on display at Celebration Square not far from Central Library.
Mayor Crombie also added that “as we look toward Mississauga’s promising future, so many of our hopes, dreams and aspirations are rooted in building a livable, walkable pedestrian-oriented downtown and public art is fundamental to helping us achieve these goals.
Mayor Crombie concluded “I have always said Mississauga is a city that shines – we shine because Council and staff take action to support local artists, our creative sectors and works to elevate Mississauga’s reputation as a leading arts and cultural destination.”