Covid 19 News

September 2020
Dear Friends
I am writing to update you on our Fall plans. The VAM Team has been working behind the scenes with our wonderful instructors to bring together a program that will accommodate, to the best of our ability, the new world we find ourselves living in. Fall Course Offerings and Registration will be up online on Monday, August 31 at
Children’s Courses:
We made the difficult decision to not hold any Children or Teen programs at VAM until the new year. The Program Team has created an online version of our popular FUNdamentals program called VAM Kids 1, 2 and 3. This new program will be delivered weekly on Zoom for 1.5 hours on Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings. The program will be taught by one of our awesome instructors and will include supplies. A Parent Information Session will be held on September 10 from 7 – 8 pm and Free VAM Kids Trial Classes will be scheduled for Saturday, September 12 so you can experience what a virtual art class will be like. More Information to follow.
Teen Courses:
Our popular Teen Portfolio Prep and Drawing for Gamers and Geeks will be also be hosted on Zoom. Twenty-four teens enjoyed Portfolio Prep this summer and the Fall session is sure to fill quickly. Supplies are included.
Adult Courses:
For Adults, our Fall program has a fantastic mix of At-VAM including Magic Mondays and Online courses.
If you are not sure how to take advantage of an online course, we will be hosting a few At-VAM sessions on how to get online. You can bring your tablet or lap top in and we will teach you how to get onto Zoom and how to set up your work space. Email if this would be of interest to you.
We take our VAMily’s safety and health seriously. If you choose to take a course at VAM, here is what you can expect – Clicking Here
As always, if you have any questions, please email us at – We thank you for your support these last six months and we are looking forward to welcoming you back.
Annis Karpenko, Executive Director
June 7, 2020
Dear VAMily,
I am writing to let you know that we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Summer Programs at the Visual Arts Mississauga centre in beautiful Riverwood. This includes VAM Kids’ Summer Art Camp, evening courses for Adults and Teens and the Culture@Riverwood series.
I am sure this doesn’t come as a surprise but it is a sad decision nonetheless. Fortunately, technology is making it possible for us to connect with you online in a summer series we know you will enjoy.
For Adults and Teens our Artist Instructors will be offering a variety of daytime and evening online summer courses. These will include Watercolour, Mixed Media, Drawing, Portfolio Sketchbook and Photography with some of your favourite instructors.
Our super Kids’ Summer team have created a wonderful series called Art-Stars. Each week children will have the opportunity to:
work through creative art and nature activities
share their work in a private Facebook page
meet each other at the end of the week on Zoom
receive a completion sticker in the mail!
Registration for all our summer programs opens tomorrow – June 8th on our website All courses will have technical support and if you are wondering what you need to participate check out our Online Course FAQs.
CAMP REGISTRANTS – you will be automatically refunded for the full amount you have paid. All refunds will be processed by the end of the month.
You know you can always email if you have any questions. We look forward to sharing part of our summer with you.
May 12, 2020
Dear Camp Families, It is our hope that we can run our regular VAM Kids’ Summer Art Camp but if we are not able, we are exploring the possibility of delivering online creative experiences to inspire, challenge and entertain your children. Please take a moment to reply to our survey to help us shape our plans to so we can offer you the best possible creative experience.
Kindly complete the survey by Friday, May 15, 2020 .
Take the survey here: By CLICKING HERE
May 10, 2020
All VAM Membership expiry dates will automatically be extended six months to compensate for this time. We thank you for your continued support our organization.
May 8, 2020
While we await notice from the City on the reopening of City facilities, we are taking waitlist reservations only for summer camp. This way, you can be assured a spot should we reopen, without having to take on the financial burden at this time. Just go to the camp page and click Register/More Info on the week you wish to reserve to put your name on the waitlist.
For families already registered, we thank you. Your spots are secure and should we not be allowed to open, you will receive a full refund. We thank you all for your patience and support.
May 1, 2020
A Note From Our Executive Director about Summer Camp
Dear Camp Families,
I hope this finds you as well as can be during this odd and historic time in our lives. I wanted to give you a little update on VAM’s Kids’ Summer Art Camp.
As you know, many summer activities are being cancelled. We are aware, that during the summer months, when parents are still working, our camps provide a safe space and fun activity for children. It is our hope that we can be there for you in Summer 2020.
At this time, we are taking our cues from the City of Mississauga. All of their facilities are closed and events are cancelled to July 5. We continue to plan for camp at VAM starting July 6 but should that not happen we are exploring the possibility of an online camp experience for your children. Please send an email to, if you have ideas or would like us to keep you informed about this possibility.
Because of the uncertainty of this time and the financial constraints this is putting on many of you, we will waive cancellation fees and issue full refunds, should you choose to cancel your registration at this time. Please email to request a refund. We ask for your patience as we must refund each of you manually.
If you would like to wait until we know more, that is also great. Everyone will be fully refunded for any weeks we must cancel in the future.
We thank you for being part of our VAMily and we look forward to being back together at beautiful Riverwood soon. Stay Safe.
April 20, 2020
The 2020 Culture@Riverwood summer series of performances has been cancelled. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021! Stay Safe.
April 1, 2020
Please note that all vehicle access to Riverwood has been blocked with barriers at Burnhamthorpe. Park access is on foot only.
March 18, 2020
With guidance from Peel Public Health and the City of Mississauga regarding COVID-19, the Visual Arts Mississauga building will remain closed until further notice.
Riverwood is accessible by foot only. The road in has been closed off at Burnhamthorpe.
We continue to monitor all email remotely and will be processing refunds for Spring courses. Please expect a delayed reply during this time.

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