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Experience the world of arts and culture in Brampton.

We recognize that Brampton is a city where the boundaries between cultural activities and creative entrepreneurship blur, and actively work to harness and facilitate the great cultural experiences and entrepreneurial energy. 

Brampton's Cultural Services Division:
  • aims to unlock the untapped potential within our city by opening new doors, spaces, and opportunities for Brampton's creative community. 
  • implements strategies and initiatives that enable connections between organizations, individuals, available resources, opportunities and each other to improve coordination, generate new ideas, and maximize impact are required. 
  • builds clear policies, guidelines and procedures to enable the City to implement programs and services more efficiently and effectively. 
  • researches and analyzes public data to inform economic development within our communities​​
Arts and culture enhances quality of life, brings diverse communities together, and contributes to the economic well-being of the city. Brampton's Cultural Services Division is committed to driving cultural growth and establishment, and ensuring that arts and culture is at the forefront of building Brampton as a future-ready city.

OUR PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES

Cultural Services is mandated to pursue the vision identified in the Culture Master Plan by allocating the required resources and implementing the necessary actions to achieve its goals.​​ Outlined below are summaries of the in progress, recent, and future projects undertaken by this division.
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I​n Progress


Arm’s Length Arts and Culture Organization

The Culture Master Plan prioritizes the development of a new model for an arm’s length arts and cultural organization for Brampton that is community-driven and community-led. While the Culture Master Plan and Vision 2040: Living the Mosaic, indicate some possible roles for such an organization, its overarching vision and mission, organizational structure, programs and services have yet to be determined. Pru Robey Consulting and LeSage Arts Management have been retained as industry experts to guide the process of identifying the strategic role and impact of this entity in Brampton’s arts and culture ecology, and in clarifying the optimal legal and organizational model to govern and administer its activity.

Culture Master Plan Goal: Resources​



Brampton’s Municipal Investment in Culture and Sectors of Strength

The City is working with arts research firm Hill Strategies to determine Brampton’s municipal per capita investment in culture and the associated benefits of this expenditure, and to identify sectors of strength in the local creative economy, providing guidance for the development of future programs, services and incentives to grow these industries.

Culture Master Plan Goals: Resources and Talent Development​



Community Grant Program Review

Now in its fifth year of operation, the Community Grant Program​ is under review to ensure it is aligned with the City’s new Term of Council priorities, that processes are streamlined, and that the program is effectively meeting community need. This review recognizes the importance of the City supporting and working closely with the Not-For-Profit sector, to develop our community and contribute to a vibrant, authentic identity for Brampton.

In 2019, the Community Grant Program disbursed $1.6 million in funding to more than 90 Brampton grantees.

Culture Master Plan Goals: Funding, Talent Development, Promotion




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Recent


This is Brampton at NXNE

In June 2019, some of Brampton's finest emerging musicians converged at The Hideout in Toronto as part of the 2019 North by Northeast (NXNE) festival. This was the second year that the City has participated in the NXNE Club Land Series with a This is Brampton curated showcase of local talent. The artists were selected by a panel of Brampton artists and industry experts to perform live on stage at one of Canada's top music festivals.

Culture Master Plan Goal: Talent Development, Promotion



Temporary Contemporary Art Installation at Sheridan College, Davis Campus

In March 2019, the City of Brampton and Sheridan College collaborated to present the 2019 Temporary Contemporary Art Exhibit at Davis Campus.

Launched in 2012, the Temporary Contemporary program is an annual installation of a contemporary artwork on one of Sheridan’s campuses. The program offers an opportunity for creators to incubate and implement new ideas through exchange with Sheridan’s vibrant interdisciplinary community. The 2019 exhibit featured Joshua Vettivelu’s installation This Light.

This Light is composed of text and images cut from plexiglass and diffraction grating that cast rainbow light and shadows on the interior surfaces of the library, revealing messages and scenes throughout different times of the day.

To learn more about the exhibit and the artist, visit galleries-sheridan.ca

Culture Master Plan Goal: Talent Development, Production & Presentation



LBP Theatre Revitalization Project

Throughout 2019, the City has invested in arts, culture and community spaces with the $2.6 million revitalization of Lester B. Pearson Theatre (LBP). The renovations have enhanced accessibility and health and safety features, upgraded technical equipment, and created a more attractive, welcoming space, including a redesigned lobby area. LBP is set to reopen in Fall 2019 with a 400-seat capacity venue.

Visit brampton.ca/lbp to learn more about this venue​.

Culture Master Plan Goal: Space



Cyril Clark Theatre Renovation Project

In early 2019, Cyril Clark Theatre was renovated to create an updated, affordable option for smaller-scale performances and rehearsal space. Cyril Clark Theatre reopened in Spring 2019 with a 184-seat capacity venue.

Visit brampton.ca/cyrilclark to learn more about this venue​.

Culture Master Plan Goal: Space



MusicOntario Brampton Community Connect Workshops

MusicOntario Communities Connect is all about bridging the gaps between Ontario’s vibrant music markets based on consultations with local artists, music professionals and creative organizations. This year, MusicOntario has collaborated with the City of Brampton to present three panel sessions throughout the year for independent artists and musicians:

  • Building Your Team in the MusicBiz
  • Music Conferences and Festivals
  • Music Publishing, Sync, and Licensing

Each session brings music industry professionals to Brampton’s Creative Community for networking, panel discussions, and capacity-building exchanges.

Visit music-ontario.ca to learn more about their services.

Culture Master Plan Goal: Resources, Talent Development




Future


The Culture Master Plan lays out 47 strategies/actions to be implemented by the Cultural Services Division along with other City departments, outside agencies and third-party service providers. Our next projects will be updated here and to the public via our email newsletter.

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