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Transforming Parking Spaces Into Art

Apr 20, 2012

The City of Mississauga and the Port Credit Business Improvement Area (BIA) are seeking artists, art groups, architects, designers and engineers to submit their creative ideas to temporarily transform onstreet parking spaces into public art on Lakeshore Road in Port Credit.

"We are very excited to hold this competition," said Susan Burt, director Culture Division. "The built designs will be both public art and street furniture and will create a vibrant streetscape where people can enjoy a space usually reserved for parking cars."

Up to four ideas will be selected by a jury of art and architecture experts, local business representatives and staff from the City of Mississauga's Culture Division who will manage the selection process. Each winning team will receive a $500 prize and a budget to design and build the structure. Proposals are due on June 4, 2012, winners will be announced mid-June and the installations will be ready for "Parking Day" on September 21, 2012.

Burt added, "Mississauga will join more than 160 cities around the world to celebrate the annual Parking Day event this fall. Parking Day art installations are one part of the City of Mississauga’s Cultural Node Pilot Project for the Port Credit area. Initiated last year, the pilot will contribute to creating an environment that supports and encourages a more vibrant main street and cultural district."

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About Port Credit
Located at the foot of Mississauga, Port Credit is a small town with big charm. Alive with festivals and events, food and entertainment and a gorgeous marina, Port Credit offers an abundance of fun and excitement. On foot or by boat, day or night, Port Credit is a destination unlike any other. Like the Lighthouse that beckons from the mouth of the Credit River: Port Credit…Always on. Always electric!

About Culture Division
The Culture Division was created in 2007 to foster growth and sustainability of culture in Mississauga. Through its policy development, services, programs and partnership initiatives, the Culture Division plays an integral role in the growth of the City for the 21st Century by preserving, supporting and enhancing the artistic and historic fabric of Mississauga.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 738,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.

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