You Can Make Things Happen – Mississauga Culture: Community Meeting Dates: We see here a celebration of community engagement

Click here to access a February 10, 2017 Mississauga Culture message about Community Meetings Dates >

You Can Make Things Happen

The text of the message, from the link at the top of this page, reads:

Have your say!

We’ve added more dates to our Future Directions Culture Master Plan public meetings.

Grab a friend and attend one of our upcoming public meetings where you can share your vision for the future of culture in Mississauga.

Community Meeting Dates:

February 16, 2017 6 p.m.
Meadowvale Theatre, 6315 Montevideo Road

February 28, 2017 6 p.m.
Malton Community Centre, 3540 Morning Star Drive

March 4, 2017 10 a.m.
Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Road West

Can’t make the in person meetings? Join us February 22 at 11 a.m. for a twitter chat that explores diversity, accessibility and collective identity. Follow along with @SaugaCulture

Visit the Future Directions Culture Master Plan website.

City of Mississauga Culture Division
201 City Centre Drive, Suite 202
Mississauga, Ontario L5B 2T4

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I’ve posted the image to underline that how we express and represent things determines what we see. Source for the image: February 2017 New York Times Arts ‏@nytimesarts 
The @MetMuseum just made 375,000 art images available online for free, including this van Gogh

Several integrated, community-based, culture-themed projects are underway in Mississauga

Several coordinated events and activities focusing on community engagement related to development of a culture strategy for the City of Mississauga are underway.

The Story of Mississauga

Among the areas where community engagement is playing a key role is an ongoing project called The Story of Mississauga. What a great concept: The story of a city, told by its residents.

Click here for more information about The Story of Mississauga initiative:


A related file is entitled: “City of Mississauga – Minutes of Heritage Advisory Committee (Approved May 10, 2016).”

A June 1, 2016 City of Mississauga news release is entitled: “City’s First Heritage Management Strategy Brings Heritage to the People.”

I am very impressed with Mississauga’s approach to community engagement, which makes effective use of community input as a driving force for City-wide projects.

Posts about Mississauga at the Preserved Stories website

Click here for previous posts about Mississauga >

Among my recent posts about Mississauga is one entitled:

City of Mississauga demonstrates a great sense of scale in decision-making

Another one is entitled:

Great interview re: Human Scale Development, Councillor Jim Tovey at News Talk 1010 on Jan. 7, 2017

What makes a good story?

The Story of Mississauga project has prompted me to think about what makes a good story:

Storytelling: Getting attention; playing the role; collaboration

The elements of good storytelling include (4) backstaging, (5) re-inhabitation of places through narrative, and (6) open-endedness

Several studies have a connection with storytelling as it relates to cities (and city-regions):

The Altered Landscape (2011)

The Cambridge Introduction to George Orwell (2012). Orwell matters because when you’re talking about stories you’re talking about language.

The Deadly Life of Logistics (2014). Stories about cities are stories about tactics, strategies, and logistics.

City-Regions in Prospect? (2015)

Places of the Heart: The Psychogeography of Everyday Life (2015). Cities are about psychology and geography, and the overlap and interaction between the two disciplines and ways of seeing.


Mississauga is very much focused on sustainability, as is evident by way of example through the focused, disciplined urban-planning work and research of City of Mississauga Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey and University of Toronto landscape architect John Danahy among others.

With regard to the topic of sustainability, a Jan. 3, 2017 Toronto Star article is entitled: In 2017, Mississauga will have to decide how it grows up: Mississauga’s recent booming growth will continue, but will growth be sustainable and will it be what residents want?”


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