Tickets to the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s 13th Annual Fine Art Auction are selling fast!

Thursday, April 28th, 6 p.m. | $75

Join us for the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s 13th Annual Fine Art Auction, taking place Thursday, April 28th, 6 pm at Mississauga Civic Centre. This year, with the generous support of SQUARE ONE Shopping Centre, the AGM is thrilled to host a fundraising event that is bigger and more exciting than ever before!

The live auction will feature works by local luminaries like Leszek Wyczolkowski and Lila Lewis Irving, buzz-worthy emerging talents such as Gavin Lynch and Jennifer Carvalho. Works by some of Canada’s most celebrated artists, including Ed Pien and April Hickox, will also join the mix.

This year’s event will be held at the elegant C Banquets on the 12th floor of Mississauga Civic Centre. The panoramic view of the city’s skyline is a perfect backdrop for indulging in an evening of fine art, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and dancing. Join us after the event for an after-party with a live DJ. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased inside the gallery or through the AGM website.

All auction proceeds support the AGM’s innovative public programming, artist projects, and exhibitions.

Visit the auction preview reception on Thursday, April 21st from 6 pm to 9 pm to connect with the artists and experience the artworks up close.

Be an Ontario Summer Games Volunteer

Mississauga is the official host city for the 2016 Ontario Summer Games, taking place August 11 to 14. Athletes, ages 13 to 17, from all regions of Ontario will compete against fellow provincial athletes. With less than six months to go, the City is assembling its volunteer team and is taking applications.

Games volunteers will be part of the largest event in Ontario Games history as they welcome 3,500 athletes, 500 officials, 700 coaches and managers and many visitors, spectators from around the province to Mississauga. Becoming a volunteer is a great way to earn high school volunteer hours, build lasting relationships and engage and inspire the community.

More than 1,000 volunteers will be required for roles like welcoming athletes, their families and coaches, working at Games venues, providing information for spectators and helping members of the media and dignitaries.

All Ontario Summer Games volunteers must:

– be 16 years of age or older;
– pass a Police Vulnerable Records Check;
– be available during August 11 to 14 inclusive; and
– available to attend an orientation session on one of the following evenings: July 25, 26, or 27.

Interested in this Unique Opportunity?
Volunteer applications can be completed online at games.sportforge.com/games/summer2016/views/modules/volunteer/registration. The online volunteer application captures information about skills and experience, preferences and availability. July 13 is the deadline to submit all volunteer applications.

Questions about volunteering can be directed to osgvolunteer@mississauga.ca.

The 2016 Ontario Summer Games will combine both winter and summer sporting events together. These Games will showcase 34 sporting events staged at 20 locations throughout Mississauga and a few other neighbouring municipalities.

For more information about the Ontario Summer Games, visit: osgmississauga.ca or follow @OSGMississauga on Twitter.

VISUAL ARTS MISSISSAUGA RAISES FUNDS FOR KIDS’ CAMP SCHOLARSHIP FUND AT “MY QUIRKY CLOSET”

“My Quirky Closet was designed to bring our artist members and the community together,” explains VAM Board Member Nancy Messham. “VAM has a large membership of over 450 artist members who are a wonderful and creative group of individuals. Our artists are known to be resourceful people who can re-purpose many materials. We invite you to come and explore our community while picking up a new treasure. Join us as we raise funds for a great cause.”

Join Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood as it raises funds for its Kids’ Camp Scholarship Fund.  Help VAM reach its target goal of $2,200 at My Quirky Closet – VAM’s New Found Treasure Sale on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 10 am to 2 pm. VAM welcomes the community to this bohemian-style flea market to be held in the Riverwood barn located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga.

Spend your Saturday morning discovering vintage items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, books and small household items donated by VAM’s artist members and the community. Soak up the ambiance of VAM’s creative centre as you discover new treasures at this annual event.  Clothing will be sold at price points including $5, $10 and $20. Sales are cash only. VAM’s target goal will send 10 children in financial need to VAM’s popular Kids’ Summer Art Camp.

HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE, DONATE TO MY QUIRKY CLOSET! Drop off your clean and gently used accessories, clothing, shoes, books and small household items to VAM on Sunday, April 10 from 10 am to 2 pm. All items must be washed and suitable for re-sale. Please call Heather at 905-277-4313 for more details. VAM is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane. For more information on becoming a Member or on VAM’s Spring Courses, please visit: www.visualartsmississauga.com

City Announces New Culture Director

The City of Mississauga has appointed Paul Damaso as Director, Culture Division effective March 30, 2016. Damaso has been the City’s Acting Director, Culture Division since 2015.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Paul since he joined the Community Services Department in 2010,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “Paul’s wealth of experience will serve him well as he continues to lead his team through sound leadership, guidance and excellence as they continue to deliver impressive culture programing within the community.”

Reporting to the Commissioner, Community Services, Damaso will be responsible for managing all business functions of the Culture Division including responsibility for Museums of Mississauga, Heritage, Cultural Planning, Public Art, Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga Celebration Square, Culture Programs and the Film Office.

In his previous role, Damaso was the Manager of Celebration Square before becoming Manager, Culture Operations. Prior to joining the City, Damaso held roles including the Manager of Children and Youth Services with St. Christopher House, Director of National Projects with ParticipACTION, Project Manager with the Ministry of Consumer and Business Services and Executive Director of Brampton Safe City.

Damaso joined the City as Manager of Corporate Marketing and Promotions in 2005.

Damaso holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from York University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Leicester.