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On Friday April 5th , the Art Gallery of Mississauga welcomes the community alongside members of the press and local politicians to celebrate the AGM’s successful securement of the highly competitive Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant. This significant grant supports the delivery of a community engaged project that builds upon the success of the AGM’s proven model with a $434,000 grant over 36 months to assist with staffing and program costs involved, expanding on an empowering community arts initiative.
This project engages with the ‘archeology of the present’ and activates at the AGM and across and within Mississauga’s diverse communities through multidisciplinary workshops centering the idea of borders as a conduit for connectivity through the act of storytelling. Enriching people’s lives through arts, culture and heritage, this initiative supports individual engagement with community-based arts creation, and will impact on the lives of 10,500 people in the community.
border crossings creator’s Sharada Eswar alongside AGM’s Director and Curator Mandy Salter, Local MPP Natalia Kusendova, MP Deepak Anand and Mayor Bonnie Crombie will attend to celebrate this accomplishment that has secured $434,000 over the coming three years.
The AGM’s border crossings project will activate workshops at the gallery and within the community, engaging with multidisciplinary professional artists and emerging mentees alongside diverse community members and groups. border crossings celebrates the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s commitment to creating connections and providing supports for diverse creatives and communities positioning art as a common denominator. This vital initiative engages with Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and communities to activate ideas through multidisciplinary art forms. The project intends to create platforms for personal and collective reconciliation and questions colonial narratives by presenting parallel histories and stories, while exploring relationships between the spiritual, the uncanny and the every day.
“border crossings is an exploration of what it means to reach across borders and make them known, to lean into them and share what lies in between and on either side of these individual and shared experiences,” said Sharada Eswar, multi-disciplinary artist and AGM’s Community Activator. “border crossings is a timely and sensitive project” said Mandy Salter, AGM Director/Curator “ which centers the community in its commitment to building a more relational and accessible institution.”
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.
Image Credit: Sid Sharp, The Swimmer, 2017