Brampton arts organization changes name after successful year

By Steve Pecar

Published on April 28, 2022 at 4:45 p.m.

A City of Brampton agency created to support the arts will change its name later this spring.

The Arts, Culture and Creative Industry Development Agency (ACCIDA) will become the Brampton Arts Organization (BOA) as part of its eventual transition to an independent agency within the government structure.

Just over a year ago, ACCIDA was created to advocate for the arts in Brampton as well as to increase participation and celebrate cultural success in the community. The ultimate goal is to build a vibrant arts scene as well as contribute to the creative economy.

Highlights of the first year of operation include:

  • Have nearly 500 artists participating in online events, programs, briefings and workshops in 2021, with 96% of attendees gaining new insights and perspectives through events
  • Awarding $100,000 to 75 local artists, musicians and performers through the COVID-19 Recovery Fund for Artists
  • Contribute to the enhancement of public art in the community through a range of mediums, including murals in downtown Brampton38 artist and artisan booths and three large chalk art installations at the Brampton Farmers Market, multiple digital exhibits in Garden Square, a 3D virtual art gallery and much more
  • Engage with nearly 200 artists and arts organizations through the Big Artist Space Survey to assess and begin to address the status of creative space in the city
  • Ensure events and resources are free and accessible to all and provide employment opportunities for local artists and arts workers

“Brampton’s Arts, Culture and Creative Industry Development Agency has played an influential role over the past year in helping to identify, support and shape Brampton’s vibrant mosaic,” said Paul Morrison, acting city manager of Brampton. “They are committed to fostering arts and culture in this city and have laid the groundwork over the past year to transform Brampton’s arts landscape.

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