EDUCATION & PUBLIC PROGRAMS
The Art Gallery of Mississauga’s Education and Programming philosophy is built upon three principles: ENGAGE, THINK and INSPIRE . These principles, combined with Creativity and Imagination reflect our high level of compassion and appreciation for the artist process; provide the highest quality introduction to critical thinking and instruction – for all ages. The AGM is a thinking space to engage with art!
The AGM's education and engagement projects and programming aim to contemplate, represent and interact with the vibrant and layered lived experiences of the city — its human geography. As the AGM presents high calibre exhibitions featuring local, national and international artists, it simultaneously recognizes a wide range in the public’s visual literacy and art viewing habits and is committed to facilitating equitable platforms that will allow for the full appreciation of contemporary artistic practice by all residents.The gallery encourages and values difference and the nuances of experience in the pursuit of learning, critical thinking and engagement.
The AGM considers art as an evolving platform for dialogue on contemporary culture and presents exhibitions and programming centered on discussions relevant to its constituents. Informed by this view, the AGM aims to demystify contemporary art as valuable only in the institutional context and to integrate visual arts experiences into the daily life of Mississauga residents. Contemporary art knowledge and “art world savvy” as a final index of “experience” is not required at the AGM – rather, the Gallery welcomes multiple views, experiences and backgrounds to the evolving dialogue on art.
PROGRAMMES & ENGAGEMENT
PUBLIC DISCUSSION AND CURATORIAL PRESENTATIONS
Each exhibition offers a gallery walk with the guest curator, artists or the resident curator. Multiple education and outreach programming seek to engage viewers with a casual series of accessible presentations.
ARTIST PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES PROGRAMME (EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED ARTIST EDUCATION)
Regional, national and international artists engage the artist community with presentations, panels, workshops and readings to engage dialogue and learning centered on an engaged professional practice. Collaboration with established regional art resources for artists, writers and cultural producers are aimed to build a network and broaden community support. Please stay tuned for information about upcoming sessions, or sign up for the AGM e-newsletter to keep informed.
CURATOR 30 MINUTE FRIDAYS
Curator 30 Minute Fridays occur on a Friday every three months. The goal is to build a series of social networks and support mechanisms with the local community. The sessions deploy a conversational format for artists, writers and other cultural producers to meet and discuss their work, proposals, or grant writing feedback within a 30 minute session. The AGM strives to become a nexus for the community of Mississauga, utilize the new Resource Room as a backdrop of knowledge. By appointment only. Due to limited space and strong interest in these appointments, applications will be pre-selected. Click here for more information, and email email@example.com for further enquiries.
ART IN FOCUS
Three times a year, a 905 | GTA cultural producer will be featured at the AGM with a talk and roundtable conversation series on their work. Artists and a variety of art professionals will discuss their practice, various projects they've worked on, what drew them to a particular medium in the first place, and what continues to conceptually inspire or motivate them. A one-on-one conversation or critique on their work with each producer will be available on a first come first serve basis. See Events for upcoming sessions.
Please see the Home Page Calendar for an update on all events at the AGM.
ON EDGE | COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
The Edge City of Mississauga is on the crux of change and opportunity; what is the role of the artist and arts community in engaging that opportunity? Join the AGM in a three part public conversation series! AGMonedge.eventbrite.ca
The AGM’s <905>engage</905> artist collective is now accepting proposals by Peel-based artists, ages 14-25, to actualize social practice projects in the City of Mississauga. Selected artists will receive a $500 standard artist fee, have access to $200 for material costs as well as the support of the AGM Engagement Team. Funded by the Community Foundation of Mississauga. Information
YOUR MISSISSAUGA | POEM PROJECT
Tell us your Mississauga… in verse! Poet Priscila Uppal, in partnership with the Art Gallery of Mississauga, invites you to join her in creating poetry out of words found around the city of Mississauga. Funded by the Community Foundation of Mississauga Information
ART OF YOGA
Monthly on Wednesdays, unwind and contemplate the body, inspired and surrounded by art! Full schedule
Tour current exhibitions in French! Organized in collaboration with Alliance Francais. RSVP for future sessions.
(UN)SETTLER COMMUNITY JOURNAL
An Artist-in-Residence Project | Camille Turner
Twenty community journals are making their way across the City of Mississauga. And you are invited to draw, paint, collage and write your ideas, feelings and experiences of your relationships to the city. Passed on from person to person, residents will create a portrait of Mississauga and its people, together. Information
CALL FOR COLLABORATORS: OFF THE WALL
Off the Wall is a site-specific performance by artist collective Frog in Hand that brings together twenty young artists: dancers, musicians, actors and visual artists. These artists will meet for an intense collaborative session on June 30, then will create performances in unusual locations within the Living Arts Centre on July 1, Canada Day. Deadline for applications, May 1. Information
Roots and Branches is a comprehensive, hands-on approach to learning that facilitates FREE visits by Teaching Artists, who collaborate with Teachers to deliver lesson plans and visual art-inspired activities that extend standardized curriculum, while exposing students to critical processes in contemporary artistic practice.
Funded generously by the Ontario Trillium Foundation from 2013 – 2014, Roots and Branches is free to all schools in the Peel Region and is coordinated by the Art Gallery of Mississauga.
The objective of this initiative is to engage the art community with a free, accessible and professional space. The Resource Centre also serves as a platform for education and engagement with an emphasis on community interaction.
The Resource Centre is a permanent educational room, featuring books, catalogues, periodicals, published by the AGM as well as national and international sources emphasizing contemporary art and visual culture. The main feature of the space is to showcase the publication history of the AGM which is evidenced through exhibition catalogues, DVD's and other forms of printed materials. Free to the artist community, this repurposed exhibition space also functions as a space for community group meetings, artist organizations and individuals by appointment.
Does your group need a space to hold meetings? The Resource Centre is also available for booking for meetings up to twelve participants.
Contact Reception for booking and further information.
TO BOOK A TOUR
Contact the Gallery at 905 896 5088 / firstname.lastname@example.org
One hour Tours are free, and open to school groups or groups of ten (10) or more. Each exhibition has a variety of ways for students, adults, and all to engage – The AGM is pleased to inspire, captivate and generate new ideas for all imaginations.
Docents are trained volunteer educators who lead groups of visitors through the Art Gallery of Mississauga permanent collection and current exhibitions. To become a Docent please click here to fill out a Volunteer Form. Email the completed form to email@example.com.