The Living Arts Centre was built in 1997 as part of Mayor Hazel McCallion’s initiative to make the city centre a more vibrant place for tourists and locals. For the past 22 years the Living Arts Centre has been a beacon of incredible art events, theatre performances, summer camps, musical performances, and so much more.
Well, come December 31st 2019, the Living Arts Centre will no longer be run by the non-for-profit organisation itself, but administered entirely by the city council.
Earlier this month, the city council passed a motion that took the reigns from The Living Arts Centre. Taking all control away from the organisation itself may seem like a bad thing, but Mayor Bonnie Crombie insists the move will, ideally, benefit both the city’s art scene and the LAC.
“It’s important the City of Mississauga has the ability to strategically leverage city assets, including the Living Arts Centre, so that we can take our creative industries to the next level and grow it in a way that drives investment, creates jobs and ultimately puts Mississauga on the map as a ‘Music City.”
The notion of Mississauga becoming a “music city” is certainly an appealing one. The city has no shortage of exciting musical acts and incredibly talented performers and Mayor Crombie hopes this new partnership with the city will help to expose those acts on a grand scale.
Of course, the city council is no stranger to having its fingers in lots of diverse pots, considering it owns and operates the Meadowvale Theatre, the Paramount Fine Foods Centre, Celebration Square, and more. Now, some may wonder if the city has any right or need to take a large role in regards to such things as art, however the number of citizens going to the LAC has been slipping.
So the city taking control might bring some changes to the LAC, including more adult-oriented theatre performances like you’d find in downtown Toronto. While we’re not going to see any changes in the immediate future, you can rest assured changes are coming to the Living Arts Centre. And here’s hoping that, in ten years, we’ll hopefully look back on this year as the turning point of Mississauga becoming a hub for art and a “musical city.”