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.
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.
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Public Discussion & 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.
Beyond the Art Trail | Artist Professional Practices Programme (APP)
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. Visit our events page for updates.
Curator 30 Minute Friday
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.Visit our For Artists page for further details on applying.
Book A Tour
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.
Contact the Gallery at
905 896 5088 / firstname.lastname@example.org
About Commute Commune
Envisioned in two parts, Commute | Commune is a celebration of Mississauga and how people and neighbourhoods are connected through public transit.
Phase I of Commute Commune invited artists with a connection to Mississauga to submit a work of visual art that captures how public transit connects Mississauga. Artists are asked to reflect the following questions to inspire their works: What kinds of connections does public transit bring to Mississauga? Consider connections between destinations, neighbourhoods, diverse peoples, daily functions and recreation. What are your favourite places to visit or favourite things about Mississauga’s 11 wards and or other neighbourhoods? How will MiWay continue to connect Mississauga in the future, whether it’s residents, landmarks, neighbourhoods or regions. From the submissions, one artist will be selected to have their work produced as interior bus cards and featured for a year on 100 MiWay buses. That’s one in every four buses!
Congratulations to artist Eric Oberhauser whose artwork Connecting Mississauga - MiWay has been selected for the first phase of the AGM's Commute Commune project.
A resident of Mississauga for the past 25 years, Oberhauser's work highlights MiWay as a catalyst to form connections between people and communities in a multitude of destinations within the city. Be on the lookout for the work on your next MiWay trip!
The AGM would like to thank the Community Foundation of Mississauga, MiWay, the City of Mississauga, and Lamar Advertising for their support towards the Commute Commune Project.