Community Town Hall: Postponed!

Image description: a gradient blue background with a megaphone at the top with the words save the date coming out of it. In the centre of the page in big white letters, Community Town Hall: Envisioning a gallery in Mississauga that honours us. Underneath the centre text, a white diagonal rectangle and blue type, postponed, covers the date of the event. To the right of the rectangle, a wayfinding sign. At the bottom of the image in small white type, @holdagmaccountable

We apologize for the inconvenience and we thank you for saving the date.

At this time, we’ve decided more time is needed to ensure the preparations necessary for the discussions we want to have.

Please bear with us as we make those preparations. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for the announcement of a new date.

Save the Date: Town Hall

A megaphone over a gradient blue background with white text emerging that states: Save the Date. Below, large white text, Community Town Hall: Envisioning a Gallery in Mississauga that Honours Us. Monday, Oct 26, 2020, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Online Gathering. In a dark blue band across the bottom, grey text, @holdagmaccountable.

The Art Gallery of Mississauga continues to evade accountability.

We demanded they stop the search for an Executive Director—-The AGM has hired a new ED. Her previous employment: superintendent with Corrections (yes, we mean jail). 2018 pay according to sunshine list: $129,460.50.

We demanded the board resign—there is a full board, most elected at the annual meeting. None seem concerned about complaints of harm. Board of Directors include:

  • Leslie Silvestri – President
  • Steve Ferguson – Vice President
  • Anthony Pizzonia – Treasurer
  • Mary Miskic – Secretary
  • Silvia Gualteri
  • Patti Jannetta Baker
  • Yuce Baykara
  • Lisa Browne
  • Deta Constatine
  • Shelley Jarrett
  • Paul Sych
  • Carlos Herrera

We demanded funders not release any more funds—All funders have been contacted by multiple artists & community members. All funders say they are taking concerns seriously, but are limited in their power to act.

We demanded that the City of Mississauga establish a BIPOC advisory committee—we are setting in motion to develop this ourselves.

Join us for the first community Town Hall on October 26, 2020.

We demanded that there be an integrity process for City-funded arts & culture organizations—-We are setting in motion to develop the proposed structure for this.

Stay tuned.

Read and Comment on AGM’s Statement

Please read the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s (AGM) statement on via Instagram, or, for those who do not have an Instagram account, you may access it here. If you are reading the statement on Instagram, consider reading the comments as well. We are grateful for all the thoughts and knowledge the community has shared to help us continue to exert pressure on the AGM and to push for meaningful change.

If you feel safe doing so, we also encourage you to share your own thoughts on the post. For those who have yet to do so, we invite you to sign/share our petition. Your signature will help us as we continue to reach out to funders.

For anyone who is a current member of the AGM, we would like to hear from you. Please contact us if you are interested/able to lend a hand.

Keep Sharing, Keep Signing.

Our petition has now gathered 270 signatures. Thank you for all your support. We are still working in the background to keep our momentum. Please continue to have conversations with your networks and to share the petition.

Petition Now Live

Thank you to everyone who signed on to the annual general meeting tonight, for the members who spoke out, and to everyone committed to doing the work required to hold the AGM accountable. If you missed the meeting, a recap is available via Twitter.

As promised, a petition is now live on Please help us reach 100 signatures by sharing the link ( and the image with your networks.

If you would like AGM funders to hold the AGM accountable, we have also listed contact information for the City of Mississauga’s Culture Division, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Community Foundation of Mississauga, the Ontario Arts Council, and for Canada Council for the Arts on the Demands page.

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Watch Party Link Available

We have organized a watch party via WebEx due to the event selling out on Eventbrite. Our WebEx account can accommodate up to 100 participants. Should we reach capacity, we will share the URL of an alternative platform here.

Please help us spread the word by sharing the image and/or the link:

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Register to attend the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s Annual General Meeting

The meeting will take place Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT.

Meeting will be online via ZOOM. Register your attendance via Eventbrite. Once confirmed, you will be emailed the meeting package and the link to the meeting.

Share the demands with your network

We thank everyone for their messages of support. Please continue to share these demands with your network.

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