Friends of the Museums of Mississauga support the appreciation for and cultivates awareness of the Museums of Mississauga collection, exhibitions and programmes through the following:
- Channel grants for educating the public about the rich and diverse history of Mississauga
- Provide funds to support new acquisitions and conservation and preservation of the Museums collection
- Offer bus subsidies to support Museums education programme
Uncover Mississauga’s rich history & celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2024! (2023)
With the generous support of the CFofM Hazel McCallion Fund for Arts, Culture, and Heritage, we’re developing exciting programs for Mississauga’s 50th anniversary in 2024. The project involves curating 75 artifacts from the Museums’ collection, with residents voting to select 50 representing Mississauga’s 50 years since incorporation. These artifacts will be showcased through Artifact Markers placed throughout the city, forming the basis of self-guided scavenger hunts. The initiative aims to promote the Museums’ Collection, preserve diverse heritage, share unique stories, and increase access to Mississauga’s history. Participants have a chance to win prizes while engaging in a gamified learning experience.
Blooms & Berries Outdoor Market (2022)
Thanks to the support from Hazel McCallion Fund for Arts, Culture and Heritage at the Community Foundation of Mississauga, the Museums of Mississauga’s outdoor market invited diverse experts and indigenous knowledge keepers to participate in 2022. They shared information about medicinal teas and plants with the visitors.
Tours added storytelling, traditional songs and guests made pressed flower buttons. Several activities were added such as beading, basketry, gardening tips, paper quilting, painting with nature, tasty food samples and much more.
Publication of Children and Youth Illustrated Poetry Anthology (2021)
The grant from the Smart and Caring Children and Youth Fund supported the publishing of an anthology by The New Youth Council. The publication is about hope, joy and resilience, and features poems written by elementary students’ and illustrated by at-risk youth in Mississauga. The project celebrates children’s writing, recognizes all contributors as important voices in the community and provides opportunities to youth for creative self-expression.
Halloween Harvest at the Museums of Mississauga (2021)
Halloween Harvest at the Museums of Mississauga was an inclusive, family-friendly celebration of Mississauga’s agricultural heritage and the diverse communities that historically farmed here. It included online, interactive virtual programs, on-site “activations” on the Bradley Museum grounds, and limited attendance in-person tours. The Friends of the Museums of Mississauga gratefully acknowledges the 2021 financial support of the Hazel McCallion Fund for Arts, Culture and Heritage at the Community Foundation of Mississauga, a registered charitable public foundation serving the people of Mississauga.
WAR Flowers and Our Boys (2020-2021)
Themed around Canadian contributions to the First World War, WAR Flowers is a travelling exhibition from Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens in Quebec, and will be accompanied by extensive programming including talks, workshops, tours and Our Boys, an additional exhibition focused on Peel Region’s fallen soldiers. The Friends of the Museums of Mississauga gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Hazel McCallion Fund for Arts, Culture and Heritage at the Community Foundation of Mississauga, a registered charitable public foundation serving the people of Mississauga.
Open Museums (2019-2020)
Open Museums is a creative community engagement project that takes the museums experience beyond its walls into underserved neighbourhoods across the city. The initiative has invited diverse participants to share, visualize, and celebrate each others personal histories through the lens of Mississauga’s heritage.
The Friends of the Museums of Mississauga gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Hazel McCallion Fund for Arts, Culture and Heritage at the Community Foundation of Mississauga, a registered charitable public foundation serving the people of Mississauga.
Maple Magic Programming (2019)
Port Credit Community Foundation (PCCF) continues to provide generous grants to support local events at the Museums of Mississauga. In 2019, the PCCF helped to support a variety of Maple Magic programming at the Bradley Museum.
These activities included an Indigenous Maple Sugaring guest speaker, maple syrup for demonstrations that include taffy making and tasty samples
enjoyable live music performances, interactive birding demonstrations, and creative learning stations including under 5 play areas, seed planting and the Enchanted Forest. Grant funds also helped to provide live performances, and interactive learning station materials for potion making & wizarding crafts at the very popular event Fantastic Beasts of Benares in 2018 & 2019. In 2018, support from PCCF also contributed to the weekend event Historic Canadian Christmas.
World War 1 Day (2018-2019)
With the objective of providing participatory and on-site educational opportunities, this Project extended hand-on learning about WWI from a social and historical perspective to at-risk and undeserved youth throughout the Peel District School Board. 200 at-risk youth participated in the initiative that presented an opportunity to connect nationally historic frameworks related to WWI with the local and regionally specific understandings of our shared history. Reflecting on a broad range of perspectives and approaches to understanding history, inspired dialogue on the role of Mississauga Museums and the city’s residents on heritage of the past, present and future.
The Project was generously supported by the Community Foundation of Mississauga’s Hazel McCallion Fund for Arts, Culture and Heritage.
Community Fund for Canada’s 150th (2017)
As part of Canada’s 150th anniversary, FoMM facilitated the Museums of Mississauga in presentation of an exhibition honouring former Mayor Hazel McCallion that captures the most captivating moments of her political career.
Supported by the Community Foundation of Mississauga’s Hazel McCallion Fund for Arts, Culture and Heritage, the exhibition explored the life and legacy of Hazel McCallion and showcased her contributions as a compassionate leader, sports enthusiast, Canadian icon and legacy maker. Artifacts and archival material from the Museums of Mississauga collection, as well as personal items from Hazel McCallion herself were on display. More details: https://culture.mississauga.ca/event/mississauga-civic-centre/do-your-homework